High School Students

High SchoolStudents

or learn more about the process:

Application Checklist

  • Apply for Admission via the CommonApp.
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • High School Transcript


  • 7-Year BA/MD Program – November 1, 2016
  • Early Decision I – November 15, 2016
  • Early Decision II – January 15, 2017
  • Regular Admission – February 1, 2017

*While the application deadline for Fall 2016 has passed, we will continue to review and accept new applications as available space in our incoming class allows.

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. SATs/ACTs scores are not required for consideration for admission, however only those who submit test scores are eligible 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. Student’s should indicate the desire to be considered under Drew’s test optional admission program when completing the Common Application.

Application Types

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

Early Decision

Students who have decided that Drew is their number one choice of university 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. You should only apply Early Decision to one school.

There are several advantages for students who apply Early Decision and for whom Drew is their first choice: 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 on or about 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 deadline, decision notification date and deposit due date for ED II are January 15, February 15, and March 1, respectively.

Students who apply Early Decision should complete the Early Decision Agreement which can be found as part of the Common Application.

Students who apply Early Decision to Drew and wish to be considered for need-based financial aid must complete the Drew University Early Estimate Financial Aid Form. This form will be emailed to you upon receipt of your Common Application for admission. Eligible ED students should also file the federal 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 1, with notification by March 18 and a deposit due date by the National Candidate’s Reply Date of May 1. Students are automatically considered for Drew University academic merit scholarships. Interested students should apply separately for Drew’s Civic Engagement Scholarship. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship awards upon admission to the University. Admission and aid information is also available on Drew’s admissions status webpage.

A financial aid decision letter will be included along with your letter of admission for students who submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. The FAFSA may be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov.

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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

Merit Scholarships

Drew is quite generous with financial aid and provides over $35 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 so students are automatically considered at the point of admission.

In addition to these merit scholarships, first-year students may also apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarship and the Drew Scholarship for the Arts. The Civic Engagement Scholarship rewards students for community service while the Drew Scholarship for the Arts is for students who excel in the arts and plan to be an active member of the art community at Drew.

Need-Based Financial Assistance

In addition to merit aid, US citizens who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are also considered for need-based financial assistance. Limited need-based funds are also available to international students who submit the International Student Financial Aid Application.

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Combined Degree Programs

Draw from the resources of not just one, but two great universities.

A Bachelor of Arts in engineering plus a Bachelor of Science in five years. A bachelor’s degree and law degree in six. Apply simultaneously to a liberal arts program and a medical school. We offer you several combinations of degrees you can earn in combined degree programs—all at world-class schools.

Take one of these paths, and not only could you have both of your degrees earlier—and at lower cost—than otherwise, you’ll also have mentorship and resources from both universities along the entire way.

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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.

Learn More about Drew’s EOS Program Learn More from the NJ State EOF Website