School also featured in Best Bang for the Buck list.

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Excels in enrolling first-generation students and encouraging public service

December 2017 – Drew University doesn’t just serve its students; it serves the nation.

That’s the conclusion reached by Washington Monthly, which ranked Drew in the top third among national universities in its 2017 College Guide for the second consecutive year. The rankings are based on what colleges do for the nation, as measured by producing research, enrolling low-income and first-generation students and encouraging public service.

Drew scored particularly well in recruiting and graduating low-income students. According to Washington Monthly, more than one of every four Drew students—27 percent—is the first in her family to attend college.

In terms of service, Drew ranked highly in the number of students who join the Peace Corps, as well as in its share of work-study wages that pay for public service work.

In addition—also for the second straight year—Drew ranked in the top half of the magazine’s Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast list, which features schools that “help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Key to achieving that goal is providing financial aid. This year, for example, about 80 percent of Drew’s students received aid in the form of scholarships and grants that totaled $35 million.

Drew recently became an even better deal for students. In September, the university lowered its tuition by 20 percent—from $48,336 to $38,668—for the 2018-2019 academic year. For more details, click here.