Parents & Families


Parents & Families

The weeks before students head to college is one that may be filled with excitement, anxiety, pride, and certainly change. To help with this journey from the parent and family perspective, a number of resources are identified below for you review. Every situation is different, though there are many commonalities to the experiences. Hopefully you will find these resources helpful.

At Drew, we hope that parents and families will be part of your students’ college experience, by being a resource to guide our students toward addressing issues and concerns they may encounter. There are professional staff members on campus, many within Campus Life and Student Affairs, who can advise students with regard to making good decisions, obtaining academic or social assistance, finding their niche and making their way throughout their time here at Drew University. We would appreciate your assistance and guidance in encouraging your student to become familiar with many of these departments and their services as these offices will assist your student directly, as each individual student works toward success as he or she takes on the responsibilities and expectations as a Drew student.

Learn more about Winter Orientation 2022.

Resources for Parents

There are many ways to find out more about the transition of students to college, as well as the changes that may take place at home for the rest of the family. The following list is an abridged inventory of materials you may be interested in reviewing as your student prepares for the college experience


Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is dedicated to creating a purposeful, open, safe, just, and celebrated living-learning environment in which all students may accomplish their personal and academic goals. We serve residents by building community in the residence halls. Residence Life works in conjunction with many departments and student groups to provide and maintain comfortable and safe living environments for Drew University residents.

The Office of Residence Life is composed of both live-in professional staff members and student staff members who have a presence in each residence hall. The Office of Residence Life website includes information specific to new students, returning students, parents of students, Guest Policy Information, and other helpful information. Please explore our New Students Section where you can find information on what to bring (and not bring), information about the Living Learning Programs, and how to request specific amenities through approved vendors,

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 973.408.3394 during normal business hours.

Shipping Items to Campus

Are you arriving via air travel?

If so, you are permitted to ship your belongings to Drew prior to your arrival. Packages for new Drew students can be mailed on or after January 2, 2021. Packages will be held in the Shipping & Receiving Department in the Pepin Building and must be picked up by the student. Packages will not be delivered to the students’ residence hall. All items must be picked up by the end of the first week of classes.

Shipping & Receiving can be contacted at: 973-408-3412
*Any packages postmarked before January 2, 2021 are not the responsibility of the University.*

Packages for new students should be addressed as follows:
Your Student's Name
Drew University
36 Madison Avenue
CMBox # (write in your student's assigned campus mailbox number)
Madison, NJ 07940