Parents & Families


Parents & Families

Welcome to the Drew University Family

From the moment of acceptance, your student became part of the Drew family—a close-knit, thriving community devoted to excellence in the liberal arts that offers opportunities to grow, learn, perform, inquire and flourish. Parents and families are an integral part of that community and we welcome your involvement.

You’re a Part of the Parent Association

All parents are automatically members of the Drew Parent Association and are invited to become involved in the life of the University by participating in campus and regional programs. There are no dues.

The Parent Council acts as the executive arm of the Parent Association to provide leadership and direction regarding parent relations. The Council seeks to support our students by collaborating with the Office of Alumni and Parent Communities and other campus departments to improve, promote, and advance the University’s commitment to a rigorous and distinctive educational experience that prepares our students to flourish both personally and professionally.

The Parent Council meets twice annually:  the Saturday of Family Weekend and, typically, a Saturday in March that coincides with an alumni board meeting and begins with a networking lunch with our alumni board members. Register for our next meeting on April 18.

Parent Council members play a key role in:

  • Serving as parent ambassadors for various external events and programs.
  • Supporting career and professional development by helping to identify parents who can serve as mentors or offer internships or externships.
  • Encouraging parents to join our online networking platform, Drew Connect  and serving as discussions leaders and moderators in the parents and families group within Drew Connect.
  • Supporting Admissions efforts by recruiting students through college fairs, interviews, and Discover Drew Days– or simply by just spreading the word about Drew.
  • Gathering and sharing input from other Drew families.

The Council is led by its co-chairs, who each serve a minimum of one academic year. Members may remain on the council even after their student graduates, as there is much to learn from past parents!

Parent Council Co-Chairs for 2019-20

Margaret Dugan P’21
Nicole Kimble C’93, P’21

If you are interested in joining the Parent Council, please contact or call 973-408-3229. We welcome as many parents/families as are interested in joining!


Drew relies on the involvement of its alumni, parents and friends to support the development of campus, affinity and regional events that enrich the Drew community. Beyond giving, families demonstrate their commitment through volunteering. Learn more about some the many ways to contribute to Drew’s mission and enhance the experience of its outstanding students, its alumni and its parents and friends. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Communities.

Volunteer Interest Form

Want to volunteer? Complete this form or contact us at or 973-408-3229.

Volunteer Interest Form

The Parents Fund

Since 1867, gifts from alumni, parents and friends have helped offset the gap between tuition revenues and the full cost of providing a Drew education. Gifts to the Parents Fund sustain and enhance the University’s commitment to the education of talented students and their development into thoughtful global citizens and effective future leaders, through an individualized education that includes exceptional faculty mentorship and experiential learning. Your gift is put to work immediately to ensure the best Drew experience for all students and is a wonderful way to show support for your student’s education.

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