What makes Drew a great place for Pre-Health Students?

  • Small classes and dedicated faculty members who will get to know you well enough to provide strong letters of recommendation to medical schools.
  • Exceptional pre-medical advising and support from when you first set foot on campus, and continuing through the medical school application process.
  • Strong, carefully-designed courses in the fields of science required for admission to medical school and covered on the MCAT, including an award-winning biology curriculum.
  • An outstanding mentorship program for Drew pre-med students in the Emergency Department of nearby Morristown Memorial Hospital.
  • Numerous opportunities to perform research with your professors through our Drew Summer Science Institute and with eminent retired industrial scientists through our Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti.
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities, including our month-long Drew International Seminars, many of which focus specifically on health care issues.

FAQs:

Can I major in anything I wish?
Yes. At Drew, pre-medical studies is a track, not a major. As a pre-medical student, you can choose from any of the college’s disciplinary or interdisciplinary majors.

Along with the requirements for my major, what courses should I take as a pre-med student?
Requirements vary among health professional schools, but nearly all programs require the following: one year of biology with laboratory (Drew recommends at least three semesters to be prepared for the MCAT), one year of general chemistry with laboratory, one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, one year of physics with laboratory, one year of English, and at least one semester of college mathematics. We strongly recommend that all medical school applicants also take one semester of biochemistry.

Who will advise me?
As a pre-med student at Drew, you will get advising from at least two sources: your academic advisor, who is a professor in your chosen major, and a pre-medical advisor, who is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

Does Drew have a Health Professions Committee?
Yes. Medical schools prefer that applicants work with a health professions committee, and at Drew this is a group of faculty members and pre-health advisors who provide advice about the health professions and the application process. The committee also prepares a letter of recommendation on your behalf to health professional schools.

What is the Seven-Year Dual-Degree Program in Medicine offered by Drew University?
A formal articulation agreement between Drew’s College of Liberal Arts and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School makes it possible for prospective first-year students to apply directly to a special seven-year BA/MD program. Accepted students are admitted simultaneously to both Drew and New Jersey Medical School. They spend three years of study at Drew and then spent four years of study at New Jersey Medical School, enabling them to complete both the BA and MD degree in seven years.