The Summer College program brings highly motivated high school student, primarily rising juniors and seniors, to the Drew campus for a week in the summer. The program is designed to provide students with a more in-depth experience of the college curriculum and of campus life than can be gleaned from a one-day campus visit. The program gives the students a taste of the rich variety of courses available to them in a college curriculum and provides them with an experience of residential college life both inside and outside the classroom. The program introduces the students to the challenges of college-level work and to subjects they may not have encountered in high school and brings them into mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. This experience will particularly help the students understand the value of a liberal arts education and will begin to develop some of the skills they will need to meet the rigors of college-level work and to prepare them for the transition from high school to college.
Summer College program was begun with a grant from the Teagle Foundation and has been sustained through grants from Teagle, The Prudential Foundation, Provident Bank, TD Bank, and Bank of America through the Independent College Fund of NJ.
Summer College is a partnership with several community-based organizations including the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Union Settlement Association (East Harlem) and the RU Ready for Work Program (Newark, NJ) and the Marion Bolden Student Center in Newark.