Drew University continues to monitor the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has adopted the practice of social distancing. The University is operating in Drew Virtual Time for both learning and business and will not resume regular business operations at least through the first part of June (instead of April 3 as we had previously anticipated). Additionally, we are moving into a different phase with residential life. Read President Baenninger’s message about this shift, and for the latest information, visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) resource site.
Drew University’s mission is to offer its diverse community of learners a challenging and individualized education shaped by a deep-rooted culture of mentoring, thoughtful engagement with the world beyond its campus, and a steadfast commitment to lifelong cultivation of the whole person. Through its distinctive emphasis on the reciprocity of knowledge, experience, and service, Drew prepares its students to flourish both personally and professionally as they add to the world’s good by responding to the urgent challenges of our time with rigorous, independent, and imaginative thought.
Drew was established in 1867 as a seminary with a gift of $250,000 from Daniel Drew, Wall Street financier and steamboat tycoon. The gift included the Madison, New Jersey, property known as The Forest, which has served as the school’s campus ever since. Drew Theological Seminary, as it was then known, was the antecedent of today’s Drew Theological School, which empowers creative thought and courageous action through programs such as its Doctor of Ministry in Public Theology, Master of Divinity, and Social Justice Leadership Project.
A graduate school, which is devoted to advanced study in the humanities, opened in 1955. A gift of $5 million from Trustee Barbara Morris Caspersen G’91 and her husband, Finn, in 1999 resulted in a new name for the school: the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It offers degrees in fields such as medical humanities and history and culture and in professional programs such as a Masters of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Data Analytics, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Education.