Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ABQ?
What does a competitive applicant look like?
- Academic excellence (strong GPA and standardized test scores)
- Clinical experience (volunteering, interning, and shadowing in healthcare settings)
- Extracurricular activities
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Research experience
- Understanding and commitment to desired health profession
- Interpersonal skills
- Cultural competence
Can I major in anything I wish?
What courses should I take as a pre-health student in addition to my major requirements?
- Two semesters of biology with laboratory (Drew recommends at least three semesters to be prepared for the MCAT)
- Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
- Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory
- Two semesters of physics with laboratory
- One semester of biochemistry with laboratory
- Two semesters of English/writing
- Intro to Psychology
- Intro to Sociology
- Intro Statistics
We strongly recommend that all medical school applicants also take two semesters of anatomy and physiology with laboratory, one semester of microbiology with laboratory, one semester of medical ethics, and one semester of calculus.
Who will advise me?
Does Drew have a Health Professions Committee?
What dual-degree programs are offered by Drew University?
A formal articulation agreement between Drew and the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) makes it possible for prospective first-year students to apply directly to a special dual BA and MD degree program. Students are admitted simultaneously to both institutions, spending three years of study at Drew and four years at NJMS.
In this accelerated program, earn your bachelor of arts degree and bachelor of science in nursing degree in a total of just five years. Attend Drew for four years, then earn your BSN over the next 11 months full-time at Drexel.
The MS in Human Nutrition Program examines both normal and therapeutic nutrition for individuals and groups. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is designed specifically for students who wish to become registered dietitians.
Drew undergraduates have the opportunity to apply to the BUSPH Select Scholars program to explore different options available in the field of public health and to connect with Boston University mentors for academic and career advising. Students accepted into the program may choose to pursue a Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Population Health Research, or Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics at BU.