Baldwin Honors


Baldwin Honors

For scholars, leaders and global citizens

Baldwin Honors Scholars are Drew’s highest-achieving students, chosen for their strong academic record and exceptional leadership to pursue opportunities for independent learning, engagement and research beyond the regular undergraduate curriculum.

Baldwin Scholars complete an advanced 21-credit curriculum that includes an 8-credit senior thesis:

  • First year: Attend a one-credit fall honors colloquium and spring honors seminar
  • Sophomore year: Take a fall or spring honors seminar
  • Junior year: Participate in a community initiative
  • Senior year: Complete a capstone honors thesis or project

Scholars also take part in unique learning and leadership opportunities:

  • Research Grants: Apply for funding to support your research at Drew or abroad, during the academic year and the summer.
  • Scholars Advisory Committee: Serve as an elected member of the Honors Scholars Advisory Committee and help design and organize future events and programming.
  • Network of Mentors: One mentor is great, but a​ ​coordinated, multilayered network of mentors is true Drew. Drew’s Launch​ ​framework integrates guidance across a network of academic, career and personal​ ​advisors.
  • Cultural Events: Attend a play and an opening night gala at the Shakespeare Theatre. Enjoy free cultural experiences, from concerts at Lincoln Center to museum trips to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Merit Scholarship Awards Totaling More Than $25,000 Toward Tuition Each Year

For new students entering Fall 2021

In addition to Drew’s top merit scholarship, the Francis Asbury Scholarship, students invited to the Baldwin Honors Program receive a separate Baldwin Honors Scholarship of $2,500 per year. Beyond merit awards, eligible students may also qualify for need-based financial assistance.

How to Apply

No separate application is required for the Baldwin Honors Program. However only those who express interest in the program when completing their admission application will be invited to participate. Once awarded, Baldwin Honors scholarships are retained by maintaining a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Learn More

See the full list of requirements and courses in the college catalog.


Mariel Hooper, C’14

Now pursuing law degree at Harvard Law School

In the Baldwin Honors Program, you take several seminar-style classes, which are very intimate and help you become comfortable thinking out loud in front of a class and making worthwhile contributions. It prepared me for my favorite part of law school—walking through the logic of a case in front of my classmates.


Kishan Patel C’15

Now pursuing master’s degree at Oxford University

“I did an honors thesis through the Baldwin Honors Program. I was able to write at a higher level, do a lot of independent research and also have professors supporting me. The program really does prepare you for life after Drew when you want to go into graduate school.”


If you have demonstrated academic excellence and talent, purposeful engagement, and leadership in your school or community, you are eligible to be considered for the Baldwin Scholars program.

You must have an A average in your high school’s most rigorous college preparatory program, and a minimum SAT score of 1300 (critical reading and mathematics) or a total ACT score of 28.

Current Drew students may also be nominated by the faculty to join the Honors Program or apply during their first and sophomore years.

The admissions committee selects students for the program based on their admission application and supporting documents. Candidates will be notified of their selection at the time of their admission to Drew. There is a cap on the Baldwin Program of 60 students per class.

Once they have entered the Baldwin program, students are expected to maintain a 3.6 GPA to remain in the program. The Baldwin Honors Scholarship is annually renewed for students who remain eligible for and participate in the Baldwin Honors program.