Drew in a Nutshell.


Drew in a Nutshell

A Few Fast Facts

  • Drew was founded as a seminary in 1867 and celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2017-18.
  • Drew University consists of three schools: the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
  • Explore 60+ courses of study, including combined degree programs.
  • Drew’s hometown, Madison, N.J., is a 50-minute train ride from New York City and was recently named the third safest college town in the United States, and the safest college town in New Jersey.
  • 90% of our students live on campus. Housing is guaranteed for all four years.
  • On our 168-acre campus of rolling lawns and towering trees, called The Forest, students are empowered to find their best selves and build their best futures. There is a wealth of campus activity: 90+ student clubs, 22 NCAA DIII varsity sports, and hundreds of events, performances, and activities.
  • 25% of students are Drew Ranger student-athletes.
  • Drew’s one-of-a-kind New York City semesters on Wall Street, the United Nations, contemporary art, communications and media, theatresocial entrepreneurship, and museums and cultural management allow you to commute into the global center of culture and commerce from your campus home.
  • Our undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.
  • Drew is home to 2015 Nobel Prize winner William Campbell, a long-time fellow in RISE, a unique, hands-on research program in which industry scientists guide undergraduate work. Learn more about science research at Drew.
  • 94% of recent graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • The Princeton Review features Drew in The Best 387 Colleges, The Best Value Colleges, its Guide to Green Colleges, and as one of only 50 Colleges That Create Futures.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges has Drew as the only school in New Jersey in the top tier of 150 schools, public or private.
  • Drew has been named one of Fiske Guide to College’s Best Buys of 2021. This marks the second consecutive year that Drew has placed among the nation’s top 10 private colleges and universities. Drew also remains the only school in New Jersey—public or private—in the guide’s top 20.
  • The Princeton Review consistently ranks Drew’s theatre program among the top 20 in the U.S., and one of their all-time greats in 30 years of their annual guide
  • The University is top 20 in race/class interaction, according to The Princeton Review, and one of the publication’s historic leaders in the category.
  • Drew is 6th nationally in enrolling international students among baccalaureate colleges.
  • Drew offers thousands of internship opportunities at major employers such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Lincoln Center, Google, Sony Music, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and CNN.
  • Each year, Drew brings high-profile politicians, journalists and public figures to campus, such as Seth Meyers, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Samantha Bee, Gail Collins, John Oliver, and Joe Biden.


Class Profile

A statistical snapshot of the student body, based on the most recent entering class, unless otherwise noted.

• Average SAT: 1199

• Average ACT: 26

• Average GPA: 3.51

• Admission Rate: 71%

• College of Liberal Arts Ethnicity: White 46%, Hispanic 16%, Black 7%, Asian 4%

• College of Liberal Arts Geography: Students hail from 34 states and 52 countries

• Most Popular Majors: Business, Psychology, Biology, Theatre Arts, and Economics

• Students Who Are Athletes: 25%

• Job Placement: 94% of recent graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.