Life in The Forest


Campus Life

Here’s the thing about Drew: You couldn’t pick a better spot to spend four years. Gorgeous, tree-filled campus. Charming and safe small town. Less than an hour to all the opportunities of New York City and equally close to some truly amazing outdoor adventures. A full 90% of Drew students live on campus. Because from here, you can go anywhere.

Your New Home

Our beautiful, wooded campus—called The Forest—is the perfect home base: a historic campus that offers the comforts of small-town living, the excitement of big-city adventure, and easy access to a world of opportunities.

Our hometown of Madison, New Jersey, is picture-perfect, with lots of shops, cafes, and places to hang out. It’s also the #1 Safest College Town in New Jersey, and #3 in the U.S., according to SafeWise. From campus, you can walk to the Madison train station, which takes you straight into the heart of midtown Manhattan in under an hour. If you’re craving more of a nature moment, that’s easy too. Head to the Poconos. Or the Catskills. Or grab your suit and hit the Jersey Shore. Of course, you might just want to stay put. Campus is humming with all kinds of events all year round, from Fern Fest to TEDxDrewUniversity.

Flock To The Forest

Since our founding in 1867, generations of young seekers have found a sense of place and purpose here in The Forest. Drew began as a seminary and is now a prestigious liberal arts university with three distinct schools: The College of liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Today, 1,700 undergraduates foster a powerful community by honoring old traditions and creating new ones that link together 25,000+ Drew alumni around the world.

30% of students are Drew Ranger student-athletes.

We’re all in with athletics at Drew. Drew Rangers compete in 22 NCAA Division III teams and regularly take home conference championships (59 since joining DIII in 1973).

NCAA teams at Drew include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball; and women’s basketball, cross country, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Men and women’s track and field starts fall 2023.

Want to have fun in a slightly more informal setting? There are plenty of club sports (like rugby and volleyball, to name a few), plus intramurals, fitness classes, activity groups, eSports, and outdoorsy outings.

Weekend? Road Trip!

Hit the Beach: 130 miles of Jersey coastline from Sandy Hook to Cape May
Bite the Big Apple: You’re in New York City in under an hour. Sweet!
Make a Splash: Lakes, rivers, bays and, yes, a whole ocean
Take a Hike: 114 marked trails in Morris County alone