The Special and Visiting Student Program is utilized by approximately 35 students each semester, all who wish to take advantage of Drew’s small classes, excellent faculty, and rigorous course of day-time study on a temporary basis. Many participants specifically utilize this program to:

  • Take a course or two for transfer back to their home college or university.
  • Have an introductory experience to Drew University, or to college in general, before committing to a degree program.
  • Take courses in preparation for a new career or advanced degree work.

Special & Visiting Student Life

The Office of Continuing Education provides pre-admissions counseling and an individualized orientation to help ease your acclimation to our campus. As a participant in the Special and Visiting Student Program, you have full access to Drew University’s student services and facilities including: a graduate-level library, academic advising, the counseling center, the writing center, and the tutoring program. There are a variety of on-campus student clubs and activities, from a capella singing groups to ultimate frisbee, that will welcome your involvement. The Simon Forum and Athletic Center is available for use throughout your stay at our university.  Special and Visiting program students are not permitted to participate in in NCAA athletics.

Additional information regarding student life at Drew University can be found on the Student Life Website.

Campus housing is available to full-time students on a space available basis.

Applying for Admission

All students, part-time or full-time, must go through an application process. Special and Visiting students may study at Drew for a maximum of two semesters.

To be considered for the Special and Visiting Program please complete and submit the following items to the Director of Continuing Education & Special Programs, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

Once your application is complete, you will meet with the Director of Continuing Education. This meeting affords you an opportunity to discuss academic goals and concerns and also serves as a final admission interview.

Application Deadlines:
Fall semester:  August 15
Spring semester: January 8

If you have missed the deadline to apply, please contact 973-408-3400 to see if your application can still be considered.

Questions?  Please contact 973-408-3400 or email

Registering for Classes

All college courses are open to special and visiting students on a space available basis, providing all prerequisites are met. Students admitted to this program register no earlier than 1 month prior to the start of classes for each semester. Although we can not guarantee that all courses will be open (writing and studio art classes are frequently closed with waiting lists), the Office of Continuing Education will do everything it can to help you enroll in courses that meet your specific needs.

The current CLA course list is available on the Registrar’s Office Website.

Schedule of Semester Tuition & Fees 2015-2016

Please be aware that financial aid is not available to special and visiting students. Contact Drew’s Business Office at 973-408-3114 for information about available payment plans.

2015 – 2016 Semester Fees
Full-Time 12-21 Credits Part-Time 1-11 Credits
Semester Fees
Tuition $22,776 $1,424 per credit
General Fee $291 $24.25 per credit
Technology Fee $125 $10.42 per credit
One Time Fees
Application Fee $50 $50
Orientation Fee $25 $25
Transcript Fee* $25 $25
Optional Fees
Student sickness / Accident insurance (annual) TBA NA
Tuition refund insurance (semester) $184 TBA
Parking Permit (annual) $200 $100

*  A one time charge that allows you to have official transcripts sent from the Office of the Registrar at any time.

All students have the option to waive the sickness/accident insurance and the tuition refund plan by completing the waiver form in TreeHouse by the due date.