Mission & History.


Mission & History


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, 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. In 1928, a gift led to the addition of the College of Liberal Arts, which began as a small college for men, became coeducational during the 1940s and grew significantly in the 1960s. In 1980, it was granted the fourth Phi Beta Kappa chapter in New Jersey. The school now offers unique and nationally ranked programs in professionally mentored scientific research, Theatre Arts and Political Science and International Relations and six semesters in New York City. The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, which is devoted to advanced study in the humanities, opened in 1955. 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.