Life at Drew is Ready for You!


For New Students

Now that you’ve decided to launch your life here at Drew, it’s time for us to welcome you into our vibrant and diverse community! We’re excited to have you join us. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Enter the DREWniverse!

Looking for the inside scoop on what life is like in The Forest? What's the best class? Are the tacos good on Tuesdays?

Dive into the DREWniverse to meet other admitted students, take our roommate matching quiz or ask current students the questions that just didn't get answered in the brochures.

You're Invited

Join us for an upcoming event for admitted students. From on campus experiences like Inside the Forest, Make Your Day or Drew's Day of Scholars to our California receptions or our Drew YOUniversity Webcasts you can dive deep into life in the Forest from any where in the world!

Like almost all first-year students, I was worried about connecting with other students and how long it would take to feel comfortable around my new peers. From Orientation week activities to starting our self-selected Drew Seminars to spending the day in New York City with our classmates, at each stage I was given the opportunity to meet and interact with people who I wouldn't have had the chance to get to know otherwise. Having shared experiences has brought us closer together as a class and has really made the transition from high school to college much smoother than I initially anticipated." ”
Olivia Sznaza C'19

Getting to Know Your Surroundings

Before your classes begin, you’ll attend Orientation, a session designed to get you (and your family, if you’d like!) comfortable here. Depending on what term you start here, you’ll experience Orientation differently.

Summer Orientation

A full day for first-year students to take placement exams, register for classes and meet with an academic advisor.

Transfer Orientation

Like summer orientation, but for transfer students. Start your academic transition before August Orientation.

August Orientation

Three days to get the lay of the land, meet your fellow students and, if you’re living on campus, enjoy move-in activities (ice cream trucks, picnic lunches, etc.).

January Orientation

Spring semester starters, this one’s for you! The same as Summer Orientation for both first-years and transfers, timed to fit your start date.

Distance Orientation

Can’t make it in person? Meet with a faculty member by phone or video chat to find out everything you need to know so you can walk in confidently when you arrive.

Navigate Easily With the Right Tools

Starting at Drew is an adventure, and all adventures, whether in The Forest or the city, are better with the right equipment. We’ve gathered these helpful tools for you.

Maps and Directions

First things first, you’ll need to get here. Whether you’re driving, taking public transport, heading straight to campus or staying the night locally, you’ll find directions and helpful tips here.

Packing List

Once you get here, it’s time to break the socks, stapler and shower caddy out of your suitcases and settle in. Use this packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything you’ll need.

Daniel’s Dictionary

Finally, for an epic adventure, you’ll need a guidebook. Take a glance through the Daniel’s Dictionary handbook (named for our founder). You can refer to its information and policies throughout your time here to make it the best it can be.

Note: Laptop Required Beyond This Point

Learning is timeless, but our classes are cutting-edge. A laptop will help you enormously as you learn here (and thus is required). If you aren’t bringing your own, our Laptop Program will help you obtain one. Details are here!