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4 Year Private University / Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD

Contact Information

College Admission Office
Phone: + 1 973 408 3739 (DREW)
Graduate School Admission Office
Phone: + 1 973 408 3110
Theological School Admission Office
Phone: + 1 973 408 3111

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by school within the University and by program. Please visit Drew’s website for the most up-to-date information.


36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940


Drew University creates a distinctive environment for liberal education on its 186 acre campus located in Madison, NJ, approximately 30 miles west of New York City. Characteristics of this environment are an ethos of curiosity and achievement within an intentionally intimate community of learning which emphasizes close student-faculty relationships and collegiality.
Classes are taught by scholarly, creative faculty who teach effectively and intellectually prepared students who want to learn. Our approach emphasizes the interrelatedness of learning in undergraduate, graduate and theological schools and promotes intellectual rigor and responsible citizenship, while preparing individuals for significant contributions to society.

Degrees/Certificates Offered

Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD

Student Demographics

Class of 2013 Admission Statistics (undergraduate only)

Number of states represented: 26
Number of countries represented: 5

Women: 59%
Men: 41%

Percent resident: 91%
Percent commuter: 9%

Students of color: 28.7%
American Indian or Alaskan Native: 0.8%
Asian or Pacific Islander: 7.5%
Black (Non-Hispanic): 9.3%
Hispanic: 11.1%
White (Non-Hispanic): 58.8%
Unknown: 12.5%

ESL Program and Support Services

The ESOL program at Drew University is an academic support program offered to all non-native English-speaking students matriculated in the three schools of Drew University. It is designed to enhance the level of English language proficiency of students while studying at Drew. Since it is assumed that matriculated students have developed their English language skills to the level of proficiency required for admission, its primary objective is to provide students with an array of options that will enhance various aspects of their English language skills so as to enable them to engage both actively and productively during their academic experience at Drew.
The Drew ESOL program comprises both credit and non-credit offerings each semester. All ESOL students in the three schools of the University have the opportunity to meet individually with an ESOL writing instructor to discuss, organize, and/or review writing assignments, research papers, research projects, and presentations, Monday through Friday. Appointments are made in advance for individual assistance. An open-writing lab is also available for students to receive assistance in a group setting on a walk-in basis, without an appointment. All ESOL students and/or student spouses who wish to enhance their informal communication skills have the opportunity to participate in a Conversation Partners program by meeting with a native English speaker for one/ two hours per week to engage in casual conversation. In the Theological School, credit-bearing classes are designed to enhance various aspects of oral communication each semester. ESOL language classes are also offered each semester for spouses of graduate students. Finally, an Intensive English Language Program is offered every August for new non-native English-speaking students, matriculating in Masters’ level programs, who have not previously completed a degree in a university where English is the principal language of instruction.

Student Housing Options

Undergraduate Housing is guaranteed for full-time undergraduate students in good standing who meet all housing deadlines. Housing for first-year students is predominately in double rooms on co-ed floors. In addition to traditional corridor-style residence halls, suites, quads, townhouses, and theme houses are available for upper-class students.
A limited amount of housing is provided for full-time Graduate and Theological School students. Single students usually reside in single or double rooms located in suites or houses that have shared common areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. Small efficiency, large efficiency, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments are available for families and married couples. Student housing is not guaranteed for graduate or theological school students.
The Selection Committee seeks to identify the applicants most likely to succeed in Drew’s academic curriculum and to contribute to the life of the campus.
Official transcripts in English from all secondary schools attended must be submitted. If you have transcripts in a language other than English, you must have them evaluated and translated. There are a number of foreign credential evaluation services available to students. WES (World Education Services) is among the most popular with Drew applicants. However, you may use any NACES recognized agency available to you. The student is responsible for all costs associated with the evaluation and translation of their foreign transcripts.
A review of the secondary school record – the number of college-preparatory courses taken, the level of these courses, and performance in them – is the most important part of the academic evaluation of candidates.
Standardized test scores or a graded paper, personal essays, and school references are also important. Extracurricular achievements, personal qualities, and special talents are also considered in the selection process. Applicants must submit either official standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) or a graded paper from a high school class. Students whose first language or whose language of instruction in high school is other than English are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Nearly all admitted international students score 230 or higher on the TOEFL exam. In order to send TOEFL scores,Drew’s code is 2193. In addition, applicants seeking a visa must demonstrate their ability to pay the majority of their cost of attendance. Please read the International Student Financial Statement in the International Student Application Booklet (PDF) for details.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are evaluated on the basis of their college level performance, application, essays, recommendations, and where applicable, secondary school records and interview.
Although Drew University is committed to helping all students afford an education and offers financial assistance to eligible students, International Students may not be eligible for all forms of aid. It is important to note that these funds are very limited and therefore requires international students to provide proof of financial support equal to the cost of attendance at Drew University. Failure to provide this information will adversely affect the student’s application for admission to the University.
Applicants must be in good social and academic standing at their previous institution, and should have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
International students who wish to apply to Drew University as a transfer student must complete and submit the following:

  • Application for transfer students
  • Essay or Personal statement
  • Official copies of high school transcript and any previous college attended. (Copies should be in translated in English and certified to be true copies)
  • Recommendation in support of student
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Affidavit of support
  • Bank statement in US Dollar amounts

International students who wish to receive credit for college level course work already completed will need to have the official transcript evaluated and converted into US college credits. For further information the student should contact any of the NACE S recognized foreign credential evaluation services for details on how to go about getting a course by course evaluation of their credits.
For further information regarding International Students and Transfer Admission to Drew University, visit our website at or contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor directly at

Admission Requirements for Graduate Applicants

Areas of study in Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies include: History, Poetry, Secondary Education, Arts & Letters, and Medical Humanities. Each program requires an application for admission, official transcripts from all colleges, professional schools, and universities attended, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Please refer to Drew’s website for additional admissions requirements and deadline, as they vary by program.

Visa Categories Offered

You will need an F-1 status if your main purpose for coming to the U.S. is to be a student and you are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. H-4, J-2, R-1, or H-1b status holder. Visas are issued by American Embassies and Consulates. You must have proper documentation in order to apply for one. The documentation is a Form I-20 A-B issued to you by Drew University.
The Coordinator of International Student Services at Drew will issue a Form I-20 A-B to you after you have completed the following:

  • Applied to and been accepted at Drew University
  • Paid the $300 undergraduate enrollment deposit
  • Completed and returned the International Student Certification of Finances to the Office of College Admissions
  • Provided the necessary documents of financial support. Examples of documents of financial support are bank statements and copies of scholarships or awards.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

Annual estimated cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses (2009/2010):

  • Tuition: $37,310*
  • Room and Board: $10,368
  • Fees: $835
  • Technology Fee: $125
  • Books/Computers/Supplies: $3,408
  • Health Insurance: $588 (mandatory if not covered by family plan)
  • Total anticipated cost: $52,634

*Please note that the costs of attendance are based on the 2009-10 school year plus an estimated average yearly increase. Costs are subject to change each year and are based on a nine month academic calendar.

Types of Financial Assistance Available

In order for Drew University to issue an I-20 form, you must show proof that you can fund the University’s estimated cost of attendance (listed below) through support from your family and/or your sponsor. It is required that you complete the International Student Financial Statement, indicate the funds that are available to you and provide official bank statements (with amounts listed in U.S. dollars) to support those figures. The University does not offer merit scholarships for international applicants.

Student Activities and Campus Life

That spirit of exploration and reinvention—the one that fires your intellectual life at Drew—also inspires your student life. English majors are as likely to run cross-country as to run the student newspaper; poli-sci majors can take a role in a play as well as a role in student government. And students of every major carry their convictions into service-oriented projects with the help of Drew’s Volunteer Resource Center.
Got some free time? There’s plenty to do at Drew. Catch a play at the brand-new Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. Check out an up-and-coming comedian at The Space. Discuss Pascal’s wager over muffins and mochaccinos at The Other End. But don’t get too busy to venture beyond Drew’s gates: Go on, explore! Small-town Madison is a two-block walk, hipster-historic Morristown is a four-mile jaunt and the ultimate big-city adventure—Manhattan—is a mere 45-minute train ride. Here’s a Drew promise: This is not the middle of nowhere.
More than 90 percent of students live on campus all four years. (And housing is guaranteed for all.) Choose from residence halls, townhouses, apartment-style suites and theme houses for students sharing special interests. Undergraduates also may choose to reside on wellness floors that promote healthy living.
When Drew students arrive on campus, they bring their unique interests and curiosities. With over 50 active and varied extra-curricular organizations, undergraduates explore their interests with groups of their peers. Among other themes, Drew’s clubs focus on athletics, religion, politics, environmentalism, music, culture and volunteerism. Students who wish to do so are encouraged to start new organizations.
At Drew, we recognize that student-athletes are just that—students and athletes. We make every effort to ensure that they have what they need to succeed, both in their sport and the classroom. In fact, our athletes traditionally post a better cumulative GPA than the student body as a whole. The university competes in 15 NCAA Division III sports.