Transfer Students


Transfer Students

Make a Move to The Forest

Transfer students are high school graduates or GED holders who have completed 12 or more college level credits after graduating from high school. Drew welcomes transfer applications from domestic and international students attending two-year or four-year colleges.

Drew University is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus called The Forest. Our campus is in Madison, New Jersey, a bustling suburban town that has one of the lowest crimes rates in the United States and is just a 50-minute train ride away from New York City. Drew is a vibrant, diverse, friendly, personal and generous place. Here in The Forest, students are empowered to find their best selves in a wealth of campus activity and a world of wider opportunity.

Our combinations of majors and programs, hundreds of internships and research opportunities, one-of-a-kind NYC semesters, numerous study abroad offerings and personal mentoring by stellar faculty guarantees purpose-driven, experience-based career readiness for every student, steeped in a connection to a lifelong, worldwide community.

This is exemplified through Launch, our unique undergraduate experience, which ensures that every student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors and an experience-based résumé. Guaranteed.

Join us for a

Virtual Transfer Open House

Considering making a move to The Forest?
Drew’s virtual Transfer Open House allows you to learn more about the transfer admissions process, our generous merit-based scholarships and how to finance your Drew education. You’ll also have the chance to interact with students and staff, so you can ask questions in a supportive environment.

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Schedule a Transfer Exploration Day

We're offering virtual Transfer Exploration Days, where you can meet with one of our transfer admissions counselors to personally answer any questions you have about the transfer admissions process, transfer of credit policy and transfer-specific scholarships.

You can also schedule an Instant Decision Day appointment to learn if you are admissible and find out if you qualify for any merit-based scholarships.

In addition, you can explore Drew on a student-led campus tour, a virtual tour, or a video tour.  

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Get a glimpse of The Forest

Virtual Campus Tours

Drew University is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.

We welcome you to explore campus through our virtual tour or join Luke Henry C'21 for a video tour of some of his favorite campus spots.

Virtual Tour

Luke's Video Tour

Kaitlyn Veliz  C’21

Business Major – Transferred from: Union County College

Her transfer story:
“My plan was to just get an associate’s degree and go into the workforce. But UCC was a wake-up call for me. I was involved in everything, from student government to the juggling club—you name it, I did it! It wasn’t an option; I had to transfer, I had to do more. I knew Drew was the school for me.”

How she fits in at Drew:
“I love everything Drew has to offer. My classes are inspiring in every way possible. My professors are the icing on the cake. From the first day of class, I could feel the interest they have in seeing me succeed. An amazing professor makes all the difference.”

Launching her future:
“I just landed an on-campus job with the Human Resources Department at Drew, which gives me 10 hours a week of immersive experience in my field.”

Transfer Credits

We recognize that you have invested a lot of time in your studies already, so Drew allows you to transfer up to 80 credits. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew, you must complete at least 128 credits, with a minimum of 48 credits taken at Drew.

Transfer credits are granted for courses in which you have earned a C- or better (on a 4.0 scale) and are comparable to courses offered at Drew. Credit is not granted for basic skills or remedial course work.

Credits are transferred based on a semester-hour system. Please be aware that credits from schools on a quarter-hour or trimester system may receive less than a one-for-one rate.

Once you are admitted to Drew, you will be sent an evaluation of which credits can be transferred. Prior to that, we are happy to provide a same-day preliminary evaluation of your transcript so you know which credits are likely to be accepted by Drew.

Drew requires international transfer applicants to provide an accurate conversion of previous college course work to United States course equivalencies. Many international transfer students use World Educational Services to provide these equivalencies. Be sure to always request the “course to course” evaluation report.

***2020 Transfer Credit Policy Exception***
Many colleges and universities, including Drew University, are making some variation of pass/fail grades available to students in response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this situation, Drew University has approved an exception to our transfer credit policy and will allow for the transfer of pass/fail courses taken during spring 2020. Pass/fail courses taken during spring 2020 with a grade of P, or the equivalent, will be accepted for transfer credits and can be used to satisfy general education and major requirements.

Nora Anton C’21

Psychology Major – Transferred from: County College of Morris

Her transfer story:
“I chose to start at a community college for an affordable, well-rounded education with the opportunity to take courses from a variety of different disciplines. After graduating with an associate’s degree in liberal arts, I knew I wanted to continue my education.”

Any surprises with Drew?
“I was really surprised at how smooth the transition was from CCM to Drew! The faculty and staff were incredible at providing me with the resources I needed to succeed, and they were always available to answer any questions.”

How she’s adjusting:
“Choosing to transfer to Drew was the best decision I’ve ever made. I love that Drew offers a very personal academic experience, with professors that genuinely want to see their students succeed. Small class sizes encourage students to participate and ask questions and allow for more individual attention and valuable feedback from professors.”

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Domestic and international transfer applicants are eligible to be considered for merit scholarships based on previous collegiate academic achievement.

In order to be considered for one of Drew’s generous merit-based scholarships, applicants must have achieved the cumulative grade point average indicated below in at least 12 credits of academic work.

Transfer Presidential Scholarship | $20,000 | Prior College GPA 3.75 to 4.0
Transfer Dean's Scholarship | $15,000 | Prior College GPA 3.25 to 3.74
Transfer Drew Scholarship | $10,000 | Prior College GPA 2.75 to 3.24

These annual scholarships are renewable for up to two additional years, assuming no major changes in college tuition charges and contingent on the maintenance of satisfactory academic progress.

In addition to these scholarships, transfer students from community colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa and who have obtained an associates degree are eligible for a PTK Scholarship of $2,500 per year.

Drew also offers need-based grants to domestic transfer students. To determine your eligibility for a need-based grant from Drew, as well as federal and state grants, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, school code 002603).

Limited need-based funds are available to international students who submit the International Student Financial Aid Application. Students are encouraged to apply early while maximum funds are available to offer.

Amy Zavecz C’21

Art History Major – Transferred from: Fairleigh Dickinson University

Her transfer story:
“I decided to transfer because my major was shut down at my previous school. I wanted to attend a school that nurtures my interests, would prepare me for life after college, and help me grow as an individual and a global citizen. With its rich academics and vibrant student life, I knew I wanted to be part of Drew’s unique community.”

Her favorite thing about Drew:
“The elegant and inclusive campus. I was fascinated to see a diverse cohort of students come together and interact with one another. After experiencing it firsthand, I know that Drew was the correct choice. I’ve become part of a community that fosters, encourages and celebrates differences.”

How she feels about her professors:
“All of my professors are absolutely amazing! Even if you need advice that doesn’t pertain specifically to their course, they are always happy to work with you. I feel valued as a student by both my peers and professors, allowing me to have a smooth transition.”

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