History, Affiliations and Rankings
Drew University was established in 1867 on forest property in Madison, New Jersey. Drew Theological Seminary, as it was previously known, was the predecessor of today’s Drew Theological School. College of Liberal Arts, which was previously known as Brothers College, was established in 1928, and the Casperson School of Graduate Studies opened in 1955. Drew University is a member of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the Methodist Church, the American Council on Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The U.S News and World Report provided 111th rank to Drew University in 2022 in terms of top Liberal Arts schools.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The campus of Drew University is a lush green, wooded campus, also called the Forest. It is situated at a 10-minute walk from the Madison train station which connects the campus to midtown Manhattan in under an hour. The campus is also home to the Rangers and 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports. All the campus recreation programs are designed to meet the needs of all the students, staff, and faculty. Drew provides free use of all the fitness equipment, classes, and the weight training room. The campus also hosts multiple events for the community like Quidditch, Hunger Games, Dodgeball, and Drew Olympics. Drew University is academically composed of a College of Liberal Arts, School of Theology and the Casperson School of Graduate Studies. While the former offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 50+ subject areas, the Theological and the Casperson Schools offer Master of Arts and PhD degrees. In addition, 16 pre-professional and 18 dual-degree programs are also provided. The Theology courses and the School of Theology at the University are considered excellent. The Master’s and Doctorate programs at the University are praised nationally.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Since 150 years of its founding, Drew University has grown from one school to three and has grown from a size of 12 students to 2,200. For 4 consecutive years, the University is recognized as the Best Value by the Princeton Review and is the only New Jersey School recognized among the top 100 Kiplinger's Best College Values. The Princeton Review also recognizes Drew University as one of the top 50 "Colleges That Create Futures." The university has a valuable alumni network through which current students find work opportunities, internships or full-time placements. Some of the notable alumni are Clint Bolick, Damon DiMarco, James Fiorentino, Hae Jong Kim, and Kevin Murphy.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Of the 2000+ students that study at Drew University every year, around 380+ are international students, of which 270+ are undergraduates. This provides a diverse study environment to the students studying at the university. Many prominent companies recruit alumni of the University, ranging from IBM, VISA, United nations, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and more.