10 Reasons Why Parents Love Drew


For Parents

We are family!

As a parent, you know that choosing the right college is an investment your entire family makes to launch your student into a bright future.

At Drew University, we know this, too. We believe in the kind of education that only a classic liberal arts college can deliver: intellectually ambitious, socially inclusive, individually responsive. To this deep academic foundation we add Launch, our unique career development platform that puts every student on a purpose-driven, experience-based, community-guided path to success.

That’s why parents love Drew. Their students graduate with knowledge—and the skills, experience and networks to put it to work.

1) A Drew Degree Leads to Jobs

Every Drew student graduates with at least two résumé-ready experiences—guaranteed. No wonder 94% of new graduates are employed or in grad school within six months.

"Drew’s faculty work hard to ensure students succeed through active listening, engagement and encouragement. Cecelia is working with her mentor, Professor Miao Chi, in a customized independent study of econometrics, to further expand her knowledge and better prepare for her future career.” Dawn Kracht, Parent of Cecelia Kracht C’21

"Benjamin’s education at Drew University was versatile in every way. He was offered several internships during his college career at Drew and he landed a wonderful job at Chubb Insurance Company, where he has happily worked since he graduated. We accredit much of his success to his time at Drew and the excellent mentors and programs that surrounded him." Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, Parent of Benjamin Audi ’18

“Attending Drew University was a positive, life-changing experience for my daughters that set them on the right course for their medical careers. Right now, one daughter is a physician working in her residency and the other daughter is a third-year medical school student.” Kathy Vazzana, Parent of Kathleen Vazzana '10 and Virginia Vazzana '12

2) Preparation for Top Graduate Schools

The National Science Foundation ranks Drew #17 in the country for the number of graduates who earn science doctorates.

"Through the help and guidance from Drew University faculty, staff and mentors, as well as her work in the Student Engagement Office at Drew, Siobhan discovered that she wanted to pursue a career in higher education, and was accepted to the Higher and Postsecondary Education graduate program at Teachers College of Columbia University. Siobhan's experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, proved to be invaluable, and I am certain that she has applied what she learned at Drew to excel in her continued academic studies and daily life." Joan Quinlan, Parent of Siobhan Quinlan '19

“Thomas attended one of the top colleges in the nation, Williams College—on a full scholarship—pursuing a master’s degree in art history. From there he went on for a PhD. Drew has certainly helped him to achieve his goals.” Steve and Nancy Price, Parents of Thomas Price ’15

3) Mentoring by Prestigious Faculty

One-on-one mentorship is true Drew—just ask 2015 Nobel Prize winner William Campbell of our RISE undergraduate research program.

“Every Drew administrator and professor takes obvious pride in the school and the students. I feel so lucky that my daughter is part of the Drew community and that she had these professors to help her develop her worldview.” Holly Atha, Parent of Haviland Atha-Simonton '18

“Our daughter, Brittany, had several advisors and she could communicate openly with each one. They were easy to meet with and gave her a substantial amount of guidance. The classes were fantastic and she has great relationships with her professors. Brittany was always engaged and involved!” David and Tracy Ferrara, Parents of Brittany Ferrara ’17

4) Campus-to-City

It’s an hour by train to the culture and career capital of the world, New York City,the site of our seven unique New York City Semesters.

"Adriana participated in the New York Semester on Contemporary Art and interned at a New York City art gallery, and studied Spanish in Barcelona in a Drew shortTREC program. The ability to participate in multiple learning experiences has enhanced her opportunities for graduate school.” Emilio Cordova C’90 and Ileana Cordova, Parents of Adriana Cordova C’21

“Drew offers proximity to New York City for arts and cultural opportunities, a warm and inviting atmosphere and a culture of inclusion not found at a lot of liberal arts colleges. Drew is small enough for my daughter to know a large percentage of the community, but large enough for her to feel challenged and find a vast number of places where she can fit.” Anne Abrams Nadel-Walbridge, Parent of Danya Nadel '17

5) Hands-on Learning

Students build transferable workplace skills through research, internships, student-led projects and other immersive experiences.

“Drew had unique opportunities to learn in the real world. Charlie participated in the London Semester and enrolled in the Semester on the United Nations. Pearl was thrilled with the neuroscience program and did research in the Drew Summer Science Institute. And now our third child, Robert, is at Drew and having a great experience as well.” Richard and Sharon Sutter, Parents of Charles Sutter '16, Pearl Sutter '18, and Robert Sutter '21

“My daughter traveled to South Africa to do research in the area of medical anthropology. There, she learned directly from traditional medicine men and modern physicians. She toured the country and met prison guards who watched over Nelson Mandela. The research she did helped with her honors thesis—and the trip itself is something she will never forget.” Shelley Nadel, Parent of Leah Nadel ’18

6) Customized Paths of Study

Match chemistry with art history? Design an independent study? Tackle a senior thesis? Drew is here for it.

"A Drew liberal arts education allowed Jared to blend the sciences and the humanities into a fulfilling college experience—a double major in environmental science and philosophy—and a foundation for future pursuits.” Dan Chiariello C’86, Parent of Jared Chiariello C’21

"Drew prepared Uma by giving her the space to expand her horizons, ultimately leading her to discover a passion for medical research. Supportive faculty and the opportunity to pursue both fundamental research in virology and minors in Pan-African studies and public health led her to an MD/PhD program in medical science.” Kumar Kantheti, Parent of Uma Kantheti C’19

“My daughter really valued the research options available to her. Drew’s undergraduate neuroscience program, with its small class sizes and opportunities to conduct significant research at the undergraduate level, were the big selling points for us. Aside from Susan’s major field of study, she continues pursuing her interest in Italian culture. She participated in a summer program in Orvieto, Italy, was a member of the student club CIAO and launched an Italian culture theme house called Piccola Italia.” Luann Weiner, Parent of Susan Weiner '17

7) Rigorous Academics

We deliver full-impact learning across 60+ courses of study, plus pre-professional and combined-degree programs.

“My son has been doing research at Drew University since the summer before his first semester. As a rising junior, he was asked to present his research at the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology and he had work published in the Metabolic Engineering Communications journal. It is amazing that, as an undergraduate, he presented at an academic conference and published research.” Kathy Lowther, Parent of Drew Stenger '17

“Our son was always a high-performing student, but at Drew he went from being an excellent student to becoming a scholar.” Nancy and Steve Price, Parents of Thomas Price ’15

8) A Community of Diversity

Small enough to feel like family; expansive enough to welcome students from 42 countries and every walk of life. Drew ranks #11 nationally on The Princeton Review’s list of Most Inclusive Colleges.

“I love that Drew is a small school—it feels like a family. But I also love that there are students at Drew from 42 different countries. The student body is relatively small in number—but I feel that, in some ways, my daughter has the world right at her fingertips.” Holly Atha, Parent of Haviland Atha-Simonton '18

“Drew’s small community—and its students with diverse interests and backgrounds—gave our children a feeling of freedom to explore things they had never tried before. Our daughter stepped out of her comfort zone and went into New York City for her internship in her senior year. Our son took risks by involving himself in new activities like intramural rugby, jazz band, the radio station and many others.” Jeff and Rachelle Kramer, Parents of Katherine Kramer ’12 and Jonathan Kramer ’18

9) Freedom to Pursue Multiple Interests

Mix it up: 22 NCAA Division III sports, 90+ student-run clubs and a full-to-bursting events calendar.

“All of our children have had a positive experience at Drew. Each finds the many extracurricular offerings and the support of fellow students satisfying. They are involved in rugby, fencing, Hillel, the Pre-Health Society and the Residence Hall Association, and serve as tour guides.” Richard and Sharon Sutter, Parents of Charles Sutter '16, Pearl Sutter '18, and Robert Sutter '21

“Jenny thrived at Drew. She was in three great honors and research programs—Baldwin, Civic and RISE—and also on the swimming and diving teams. She loved the Civic Scholars program and she volunteered frequently throughout the year. She was also selected to be a resident advisor.” Mel Stein and Alice Salvo, Parents of Jennifer Stein ’18

10) Bang for Your Buck

Drew has notched a spot as a Top 10 Best Buy School for three years running, as selected by Fiske Guide to Colleges. Drew remains the only school in New Jersey—public or private—to make the top 20. We work hard to make a Drew education affordable for every family: over 85% of our students receive scholarships and grants, and we offered more than $33 million in institutional aid last year.

“We had narrowed down the decision to two colleges. Both institutions were beyond our financial reach. Determined to try to make our daughter’s dream a reality, we applied for financial aid. From the beginning, Drew demonstrated a commitment to do all that was possible. The admissions counselor worked directly with the financial aid office to advocate for our needs. I knew then that Drew would treat us like members of the community instead of like strangers.” Michelle Backe, Parent of Ashley Backe ’19