Drew University

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Application Checklist

  • Apply for Admission via the CommonApp.
  • $60 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • High School Transcript
  • Signed Early Decision Agreement for ED applicants only


  • 7-Year BA/MD Program – November 2, 2015
  • Early Decision I – November 16, 2015
  • EOS/EOF Program – January 15, 2016
  • Early Decision II – February 1, 2016
  • Regular Admission – February 15, 2016

At Drew, we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application and consider many factors in our decision, including your high school grades, course of study, recommendations, essay, extracurricular involvement and SAT/ACT scores, when submitted. Drew does not require SATs/ACTs but does consider them for admission and requires them for the Baldwin Honors and Presidential Scholarships. Students electing not to submit SAT/ACT scores must present a strong high school transcript in a rigorous college-prep or honors curriculum and typically will have at least a B average.

Application Types

There are two ways to apply to Drew: Early Decision & Regular Admission.

Early Decision

Students who have decided that Drew is the right university for them should apply through the Early Decision program. Early Decision is a binding agreement – if admitted and if the financial assistance provided makes it possible for you to afford Drew, you are obligated to withdraw other applications and to pay your enrollment deposit to Drew.

The advantages of Early Decision to students for whom Drew is their first choice are several: your college search is concluded by mid-December; chances of admission are greater because and Drew seeks to admit students who have identified Drew as their college of choice; students are considered for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid when these funding sources are at full capacity.

There are two Early Decision application options: The ED I deadline for applications is November 15. Applicants will be notified of their decision by December 15. Admitted ED 1 applicants must deposit by January 2. Students who decide later that Drew is their first choice college are urged to apply as ED II candidates. The application and decision and deposit notification deadlines are February 1, February 21, and March 1, respectively.

Students applying Early Decision to Drew must complete the Drew University Net Price Calculator at https://drew.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx in order to receive an estimated award at the time of Early Admission. ED students must file the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 to finalize their award.

Regular Decision

Drew’s application deadline for those students applying under our Regular Decision program is February 15, with notification by March 25 and a deposit due date by the Candidate’s Reply Date of May 1. Scholarship and financial aid decisions will be mailed along with the letter of admission. Admission and aid decisions are also available on Drew’s Student Status secure web page.

Students requiring need-based financial aid in order to attend Drew are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. The FAFSA may be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov.

Application for Admission

Drew uses the Common Application exclusively as its application for admission. It can be found at https://www.commonapp.org/Login.

Special & Dual Degree Admissions Programs for First-Year Students

At Drew we offer a number of special admissions programs that you may find to be a great fit for you. All of these programs are designed to ensure students excel while attending Drew and beyond.

International Applicants

Are you an International student who will require a visa to study in the United States? If so, be sure to review the additional information for international students.

Final High School Transcripts

Admitted students who commit to Drew are required to submit a final high school transcript. Please request that your college counseling office send your transcript to Office of College Admissions, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. They may also submit the transcript electronically via the Common Application. Your final transcript is required prior to the start of your first semester at Drew.

Financial Aid And Scholarships

Drew is quite generous with financial aid and provides over $30 million to its students in financial aid each year. Both domestic and international students can qualify for merit-based scholarships, which are based on previous academic achievement. These scholarships do not require any additional application. Students are automatically considered for a scholarship at the point of admission. In addition to these merit scholarships, first-year students may also apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarship. This scholarship provides $10,000 ($2,500 per year) to recipients plus a $5,000 fellowship to be used any time after the first year for special projects. This scholarship requires a special application and carries a March 1 application deadline.

Special Admission Programs

5-Year B.A. and Master of Arts in Teaching

Drew offers an innovative and advanced approach to teacher education – a 5 year (4+1) bachelor of arts/master of arts in teaching program. This approach will allow you to enter the teaching field with a career advantage that translates to greater job prospects, higher salaries and increased opportunity for promotion.

Qualifications for Consideration

  • Minimum High School GPA of 3.0
  • SAT score of 1600 combined score or
  • ACT composite score of 23

When you meet admissions requirements and maintain your high level of academic achievement during your time at Drew, this program allows you to begin Masters’ level course work in your junior year as you earn your bachelor’s degree, developing a well-rounded liberal arts foundation focusing on your subject area of interest. Upon completing your BA, you then enter our master of arts in teaching (MAT), which allows you to become certified to teach at the middle or secondary school level in biology, chemistry, English, French, Italian, math, physics, Spanish, social studies or theatre arts. The MAT program (5th year) runs from June to May, allowing you to complete your master’s in just under a year. During this time you’ll immerse yourself in course work and also participate in fieldwork experiences. When you enroll in the B.A./MAT program, in addition to your undergraduate academic advisor, you will receive special support and guidance from a MAT faculty advisor.

7-Year Dual-Degree Medical Program

Drew offers simultaneous admission to both Drew and the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers-NJMS). Successful candidates spend three years of study at Drew and four years at Rutgers-NJMS, completing both B.A. and M.D. degrees. This program is space limited and very competitive.

Qualifications for Consideration

  • Submission of completed application for admission (including all supporting test scores and documents) by November 1, 2014
  • Unweighted High School 3.8 GPA
  • SAT score of 1400 or higher (summing only critical reading and math scores) or ACT score of 32 or higher (must be on one administration of the exam)
  • Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • SAT II subject test(s) in math or science (optional, but recommended)
  • Prior exposure to the medical field in the form of an internship, academic program, research, volunteer activities or shadowing (optional, but recommended)

Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the Drew University admissions committee. Selected eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a required interview prior to a final admissions decision. For more information on the dual-degree program, please refer to the college catalog. Please note the additional qualifications and application instructions.

Educational Opportunity Scholars (EOS/EOF)

The Educational Opportunity Scholars program is a partnership between the New Jersey Commission of Higher Education and Drew University. Within this partnership, the program provides access to higher education and support for highly motivated students who exhibit the potential for success, but come from families of low income and lack access to the quality educational preparation necessary to attend college. The program provides direct services designed to promote persistence through degree completion. Furthermore, the program supports innovative educational initiatives, support services and leadership development activities to enhance the student’s chance for academic success.

To be considered for the EOS/EOF program, you must:

  1. demonstrate financial need and a background of historical poverty,
  2. have a family income that falls within the established income eligibility criteria,
  3. demonstrate an educationally disadvantaged background, and
  4. be a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey for 12 months immediately preceding enrollment.

Students enrolled in the EOS/EOF program receive additional grants from the state of New Jersey. In addition, Drew University provides significant additional need-based aid to support EOS students. Students also attend a free summer enrichment program to prepare for success in college and receive extra support services throughout their studies, such as counseling and tutoring. For more information, visit the EOF site. For more information on Drew’s EOS program, visit www.drew.edu/EOS.

5-Year Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Columbia University

Students selected for Drew’s dual-degree engineering program spend three years earning a B.A. at Drew, based on our top-flight liberal arts education. Students then move to the engineering program at Columbia University and in two years earn a B.S. or B.Eng. in Engineering. This unique program is just one way to pursue a career in engineering when you attend Drew.