Stacy Fischer C'89 and Economics Professor Marc Tomljanovich
Stacy Fischer C’89 and Economics Professor Marc Tomljanovich

Forbes recognizes their generosity to Drew.

September 2017 – Thank you, alumni.

Forbes features Drew University on its list of 200 colleges with the most grateful graduates, based on how much they donate and the percentage who give back. The 2017 Grateful Grads Index assigns a value to each school based on those two variables.

As Matt Schifrin, managing editor of investing, markets and personal finance at Forbes, explains, “Great colleges produce happy and successful alumni—who give back in droves. In fact, I consider this to be the core competency of excellent colleges. Financial support from a school’s ‘end product’ is what helps to sustain great institutions in perpetuity and allow [them] to flourish academically.”

Success and generosity

One reason for the benevolence of Drew alumni may be their success after graduation. For example, 94 percent of the Class of 2016 either secured a job or entered a graduate program within six months of commencement.

As for the generosity itself, alumni donations exceeded expectations in two major campaigns last year: One And All and the Blue & Green Challenge. A total of 1,025 alumni donated to the Blue & Green Challenge, which benefits students athletes and their teams. That money fed the larger, multi-year One And All effort, which raised $85.4 million from 14,001 donors. Forty-nine percent of those donors were alumni.

The recognition from Forbes coincides with Drew’s drive to make higher education more affordable to more students. This month, the University announced plans to reduce tuition by 20 percent next year, which will roll it back to its 2010 level. For more details, please click here.