Off-campus groups are invited to hold events on campus. Non-profit groups may hold meetings, fundraisers, lectures, and galas; for-profit groups may only hold educationally related activities.
Drew Rents the Following Facilities
Mead Hall – A mansion that can host small meetings for 5 to dinner parties of 175 people without a dance floor and 140 people with a dance floor. The mansion is also a fine venue for a reception for up to 200 people.
Great Hall – a wood-paneled hall with leaded-glass windows for a maximum of 125 people for meetings and dinners. *This building is not handicapped-accessible.
Learning Center - contains two modern lecture halls, one seating 145 people and the other seating 35 people.
Commons – the University dining hall can seat 300 people for a meal at one time. The building has three smaller rooms for meetings or dinners for 10 to 35 people.
University Center - has two meeting rooms and a multi-purpose room for meetings or dinners for 10 to 150 people.
Hall of Sciences – a lecture hall with theater-style seating for up to 140 people plus smaller classrooms.
Brothers College - a lecture room for 60 people plus smaller break-out rooms range in size to accommodate 15-30 people.
William E. and Carol Simon Athletic Forum - includes two large venues: the Baldwin Gym, which can hold a lecture for 900 people or a sit-down dinner for up to 300 people; and the Forum, which may be divided into 4 courts, each the size of one Baldwin gym–a perfect location to hold a gala event for 400 to 800 people or a lecture for 1500 people.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall – a first class hall that serves not only Drew’s musical needs but also the needs of its educational and public outreach communities. In addition, the hall is seen as a location for lectures and conferences as well. Thus, the hall could be “dry” (reduced reverberation) for speech events and chamber music and could be “live” (full reverberation) for large ensembles. All of the attendant systems (lighting, multi-media projection and sound) were designed specifically for these two functions.
The Following Applies to All Groups
- Groups must provide a certificate of liability insurance.
- A tax-exempt form must be presented if the group is not-for-profit.
- Full payment is due five days prior to the event date.
- The group is required to use our on-site caterer, Aramark, and all menu planning is done through the Events Office.
- Drew provides basic tables and chairs.
Please note: Wedding ceremonies and/or receptions are permitted on campus if the bride and/or groom are alumnus/a or a member of the Drew community (faculty or staff).
The following buildings are available for ceremonies and receptions:
- Crag Chapel, Seminary Hall (Ceremony)
- Great Hall, S.W. Bowne (Ceremony & Reception*)
- Mead Hall (Reception)
*Great Hall is not handicapped-accessible.
Mead Hall Great Hall, S.W. Bowne Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall
The bride and groom are required to use our on campus caterer, ARAMARK Food Service, and all menu planning is done through the Events Office.
If you decide to host a reception in Mead Hall, keep in mind that because the building is a historic landmark, neither red wine nor candles are permitted in Mead Hall. Other policies apply if you are hosting a wedding and/or reception on campus:
- A deposit and signed contract are required to guarantee space. The deposit is due within one month of booking the event.
- Guaranteed guest count and final payment must be provided five days in advance of the scheduled event.
- Final payment and deposit may be made by check payable to Drew University, cash, Master Card, Visa or American Express.
- If there is a choice of entree, then the final guest count must be accompanied by a final choice count. To do so, you must request a food choice on your invitation’s reply card. You must also indicate on each guest’s place card which entree he/she is having.
- All liquor must be brought in by the host/hostess.
- No wreaths may be placed on any doors on campus.
- All items brought onto Drew University campus (i.e., flowers, ribbons, balloons, etc.) must be removed by a member of the party before leaving the premises.
- Clergy must be provided for a wedding ceremony.
- No throwing of such items as bird seed, flower petals, or rice in and around the ceremony site is permitted.
- A list of all vendors (e.g., musicians, photographers, videographers) and phone numbers must be given to the Event’s Office at least one month prior to the event.
- We can offer recommendations for florists, musicians, photographers, liquor stores, etc. to help you present a wonderful and memorable event.