Architectural treasures. State-of-the-art facilities. These and more are available to rent for special events, meetings, lectures, concerts, conferences and camps.
Drew’s picturesque, forested campus is just a half-mile walk from the NJ Transit Madison train station (with direct service to midtown Manhattan) and just minutes from I-287 and I-78 by car. Learn more about visiting Drew.
Listed on the Federal and New Jersey Register of Historic Places, Mead Hall is a superb example of early 19th century American Greek Revival architecture. The entry portico, marble-floored foyer and ornate woodwork create an elegant setting for receptions of up to 200 people. Wendel Room and Founders Room on the main level offer gracious, light-filled space for meetings or special events.
S.W. Bowne Great Hall
Modeled after Oxford’s Christ Church hall (which was also replicated for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts), Drew’s Great Hall boast a dramatic stone staircase, magnificent wood-paneled hall with leaded-glass windows. The hall can accommodate up to 125 people for meetings and dinners. Please note that this building is not handicapped-accessible.
William E. and Carol Simon Forum & Athletic Center
This facility offers two venues suitable for large events. Baldwin Gym can accommodate 900 people with lecture-style seating or up to 300 people for a sit-down dinner. The Forum field house is an ideal location for a gala event with 400 to 800 guests or a lecture for 1,500 people. The athletic center includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness room, and baseball and turf fields.
Concert Hall at Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Inspired by the Berlin Philharmonic, this 433-seat hall is available for concerts or recitals, and increasingly in demand for audio taping sessions. The advanced acoustics can be tuned using a reflector suspended above the hardwood stage and fabric panels throughout the house.
The elegant brick-front colonial that has welcomed visiting dignitaries, like Barbara Bush and Walter Cronkite, is available for small-group conferences, meetings and retreats. Located in Drew’s forest preserve, Hilltop House offers off-the-radar serenity and on-the-job productivity with three graciously appointed meeting rooms that are outfitted with high-speed wireless internet and flat-screen monitors. Learn more about Hilltop House.
Contact us for information about these or other facilities that might suit your event needs.
Meetings and Special Events
Non-profit groups are welcomed to hold meetings, fundraisers, lectures, and galas at Drew. Due to the university’s status as a 503(c) organization, for-profit groups may only hold educationally-related activities on campus.
- Groups must provide a certificate of liability insurance.
- Non-profit groups must provide a tax-exempt form.
- Full payment is due five days prior to the event date.
- All rental groups are required to use the campus caterer, ARAMARK Food Service, and all menu planning is done through the Event Rentals office.
- All event services and set-ups are coordinated by the Event Rentals office.
We welcome wedding ceremonies and receptions on campus when the bride or groom is a Drew alumnus/a, employee, or child of alumnus/a or employee. We recommend Craig Chapel in Seminary Hall, S.W. Bowne Great Hall and Mead Hall as unique settings for your wedding ceremony or reception. Please note that Great Hall is not handicapped-accessible.
Let us know if you need recommendations for florists, musicians, photographers, liquor stores, and other vendors to help you plan a memorable event.
- A deposit and signed contract are required to guarantee space. The deposit is due within one month of booking the event.
- All liquor must be provided by the wedding party.
- Wedding party arranges clergy for the ceremony.
- A list of all vendors, along with phone numbers, must be submitted to the Event Rentals office at least one month prior to the event.
Conferences and Camps
Drew is the ideal location for educational conferences during the summer months with air-conditioned residence halls, mediated classrooms, social space, dining and recreational facilities. Our fields and facilities are also in-demand for day camps and athletic clinics.