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  • 7-Year BA/MD Program – November 1, 2014
  • Early Decision I – December 1, 2014
  • EOS/EOF Program – January 15, 2015
  • Early Decision II – February 2, 2015
  • Regular Admission – February 16, 2015
  • Note: Drew is still accepting applications on a space available basis.

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. You also have the option of supplementing your application with an optional graded analytical paper which can serve to provide additional insight to your academic strengths.

Application Types

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

Early Decision

Early Decision is a special program designed for students who are confident that Drew is their first-choice school. Students should only apply Early Decision to one institution. Early Decision is binding, which means as part of applying Early Decision, you are agreeing that if you are admitted you will enroll at Drew University, financial circumstances permitting. Students must also submit the Early Decision Agreement to be considered for Early Decision. If you are not admitted under the Early Decision program your application may be deferred to the regular decision pool, in which case your admission will not be binding.

Why choose Early Decision?

  • The $60 application fee is automatically waived for Early Decision applicants
  • Early Decision applicants are given special consideration in the admission process
  • Early Decision students are among the first students to be considered for admission and scholarships
  • Early Decision is the fastest way to receive notification of your admission status
  • Early Decision allows you to finalize your college search process sooner

Drew has two Early Decision deadlines you may consider:

  • Early Decision I – Deadline December 1, 2014.
    ED I Applicants whose applications are complete by the deadline will receive admissions decisions and financial aid information on or about December 16, 2014.
  • Early Decision II – Deadline February 2, 2015
    ED II Applicants whose applications are complete by or prior to the deadline will receive admissions decisions on a rolling basis beginning on or about January 7, 2015.

Please note: Early Decision I applicants who do not have a completed application on file by December 1 will automatically be rolled to Early Decision II. Applicants for Early Decision II whose applications are not complete by February 2, 2015 will be considered for Regular Admission once all supporting documentation has been submitted.

Regular Admission

Regular Admission allows you to apply at any point in the process. Primary consideration will be given to those applicants whose application and all supporting materials are received by February 16, 2015. Applications received or completed after this date will be considered on a rolling and space-permitting basis.

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.

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 ScholarshipRISE Science Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship in the Arts. These scholarships provide $20,000 ($5,000 per year) to recipients. These scholarships all require a special application and have 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.