Baldwin Honors


Baldwin Honors

Think Big. Think Bold. Think Baldwin.

Baldwin Honors Scholars are Drew’s highest-achieving students, chosen for their strong academic record and capacity to pursue independent learning and research. Baldwin Scholars learn to innovate and collaborate to move their ideas forward, all within a supportive, inclusive community of scholars.

The Baldwin Curriculum

Baldwin Honors Scholars tackle an advanced, four-year, 21-credit curriculum, demonstrating to elite grad schools and top employers the capacity for self-directed, inquiry-based work.

  • Honors Colloquium: an introduction to academic research and analytical writing in the first year
  • Honors Coursework: seminars, one-on-one tutorials, and customized courses in the first through third years
  • Junior Community Initiative: a cooperative citizenship or social change project
  • Senior Thesis

A Community of Scholars

Baldwin Honors Scholars create community from day one, supporting each other and growing as campus leaders through opportunities beyond the curriculum.

  • Advanced Research: Pursue faculty-mentored projects and apply for grants to support your research work and conference travel.
  • Leadership Roles: Build the capacity for campus and community change through exclusive opportunities.
  • Special Events: Enjoy salons, excursions to New York, Q&A sessions with guest speakers . . . and much more.
  • Honors Housing: Opt to live alongside fellow Baldwin Scholars in a traditional residence hall setting.


Generous scholarships support our Baldwin Scholars. An invitation into the Baldwin Honors Program comes with a $3,000 Baldwin Honors Scholarship, renewable annually. Other awards and programs for honors students are available, and Baldwin Scholars typically qualify for a $27,000 Francis Asbury Scholarship. Eligible students may also qualify for need-based assistance.

Learn More

See the full list of requirements and courses in the college catalog.


Maeve Olney C’13

Associate with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

“For me, as a Baldwin Scholar, the honors thesis was particularly meaningful. It challenged me to think critically, evaluate data objectively, and articulate my findings in a clear, concise manner. Each of these skills I have carried into my career as a lawyer in the ever-changing field of global privacy and cybersecurity.”


Krystal Palmer C’22

Landed a job with Bloomberg—before graduation!

“I’ve been able to challenge myself to take more rigorous courses, often in subjects outside my comfort zone. I’m being challenged more than ever as I work to finish my senior thesis in the Baldwin Honors Program” before starting a full-time position in financial project analytics and sales with Bloomberg.


Mariel Hooper, C’14

Attorney and graduate of Harvard Law School

"In the Baldwin Honors Program, you take several seminar-style classes, which are very intimate and help you become comfortable thinking out loud in front of a class and making worthwhile contributions. It prepared me for my favorite part of law school—walking through the logic of a case in front of my classmates."


Kishan Patel C’15

Got his master’s in international relations from Oxford

“I did an honors thesis through the Baldwin Honors Program. I was able to write at a higher level, do a lot of independent research and also have professors supporting me. The program really does prepare you for life after Drew when you want to go into graduate school.”


If you have demonstrated academic excellence and talent, purposeful engagement, and leadership in your school or community, you are eligible to be considered for the Baldwin Scholars program.

You must have an A average in your high school’s most rigorous college preparatory program, and a minimum SAT score of 1300 (critical reading and mathematics) or a total ACT score of 28.

Current Drew students may also be nominated by the faculty to join the Honors Program or apply during their first and sophomore years.

The admissions committee selects students for the program based on their admission application and supporting documents. Candidates will be notified of their selection at the time of their admission to Drew. There is a cap on the Baldwin Program of 60 students per class.

Once they have entered the Baldwin program, students are expected to maintain a 3.6 GPA to remain in the program. The Baldwin Honors Scholarship is annually renewed for students who remain eligible for and participate in the Baldwin Honors program.