The Special and Visiting Program is utilized by approximately 35 students each semester, all who wish to take advantage of Drew’s small classes, excellent faculty, and rigorous course of day-time study on a temporary basis. Many participants specifically utilize this program to:

  • Take a course or two for transfer back to their home college or university.
  • Have an introductory experience to Drew University, or to college in general, before committing to a degree program.
  • Take courses in preparation for a new career or advanced degree work.

Special & Visiting Student Life

The Office of Continuing Education provides pre-admissions counseling and an individualized orientation to help ease your acclimation to our campus. As a participant in the Special and Visiting Student Program, you have full access to Drew University’s student services and facilities including: a graduate-level library, academic advising, the counseling center, the writing center, and the tutoring program. There are a variety of on-campus student clubs and activities, from a capella singing groups to ultimate frisbee, that will welcome your involvement. The Simon Forum and Athletic Center is available for use throughout your stay at our university.  Special & Visiting Program students are not permitted to participate in in NCAA athletics.

Additional information regarding student life at Drew University can be found on the Student Life Website.

Campus housing is available to full-time students on a space available basis.

Applying for Admission

All students, part-time or full-time, must go through an application process. Special and Visiting students may study at Drew for a maximum of two semesters.  Students who are interested in enrolling at Drew University on a matriculated bases may submit an application after one or two semesters of attendance through this program.

To be considered for the Special & Visiting Program please complete and submit the following items to the Director of Transfer & Continuing Education, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

* International applicants must provide Certified English translations and course-by-course evaluations from approved evaluators of academic records such as World Education Services.

Once your application is complete, you will meet with the Director of Transfer & Continuing Education. This meeting affords you an opportunity to discuss academic goals and concerns and also serves as a final admission interview.

International Students

International students should use the Special & Visiting Application Form and provide all documents listed.   In addition, international students are required to submit the following:

Result from English Proficiency Exam – TOEFL or IELTS.  For students whose native language is not English, recent Test of English as a Foreign Language scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency.

  • TOEFL iBT 80 (18 minimum subscores) or
  • IELTS 6.5 (6.0 minimum subscores)

Students who have earned an associates degree at a US community college do not need to submit TOEFL scores.

Evaluation of All School Credentials.  All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an outside agency such as World Education Services (WES).

A Notarized and Signed copy of the Application for Form I-20 and Affidavit (s) of Support.  A copy of the Affidavit of Support should be provided for each sponsor.  The application for Form I-20 and the Affidavit (s) of Support are not required to be submitted until after admission, but providing these documents with your application can help expedite the issuance of your Form I-20.  If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently studying and living abroad, you do NOT need to fill out these documents.

Official Bank Account Statement(s) in U.S. Dollars.  The statement(s) must show funds available to the student in an amount equal to or greater than the total cost of attendance for one year.  The statement(s) must be official, from the financial institution itself, not simply a computer print-out.

Visit Drew’s International Student & Scholar Services for additional information.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester:  August 8
Spring semester: January 1

If you have missed the deadline to apply, please contact 973-408-3400 to see if your application can still be considered.

Questions?  Please contact 973-408-3400 or email

Registering for Classes

All college courses are open to Special and Visiting Program students on a space available basis, providing all prerequisites have been successfully met. Students admitted to this program register no earlier than 1 month prior to the start of classes for each semester. Although we can not guarantee that all courses will be open (science, studio art and writing classes are frequently closed with waiting lists), the Office of Continuing Education will assist you in enrolling in courses that meet your specific needs.

The current CLA course list is available on the Registrar’s Office Website.

Schedule of Semester Tuition & Fees 2017-2018

Please be aware that financial aid is not available to Special & Visiting Program students. Contact Drew’s Student Accounts Office at 973-408-3114 for information about available payment plans.

Special and Visiting Program – 2017 – 2018 Semester Fees
Attending on a Full-Time Basis
(12-21 Credits)
Attending on a Part-Time Basis
(1-11 Credits)
Tuition $24,168 $1,511 per credit
General Fee $291 $24.25 per credit
Technology Fee $125 $10.42 per credit
Application Fee $40 $40
Orientation Fee $25 $25
Transcript Fee* $25 $25
Student sickness / Accident insurance (annual) $1,741 NA
Tuition refund insurance (semester) $210 $210
Parking Permit (annual) $200 $100

*  A one time charge that allows you to have official transcripts sent from the Office of the Registrar at any time.

All students have the option to waive the sickness/accident insurance and the tuition refund plan by completing the waiver form in TreeHouse by the due date.