Where the convenience of your office meets the comfort of our home.

The elegant brick-front colonial that served as home to Drew University presidents and visiting dignitaries, like Barbara Bush and Walter Cronkite, has opened its doors exclusively for small-group conferences, meetings and retreats. Hilltop House, located in Drew’s majestic forest preserve, offers an ideal combination of off-the-radar serenity and on-the-job productivity. The house features three graciously appointed meeting rooms that are outfitted with high-speed wireless internet and flat-screen monitors.

The Oak Room


Formerly the ceremonial parlor where past Drew presidents entertained distinguished visitors, the Oak Room’s fireplace and traditional décor set an elegant and welcoming tone. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample natural light and views of the forest preserve.

  • Dimensions: 17’ x 30’
  • Boardroom-style seating
  • Capacity: 16

The Maple Room


Once a formal dining room, the Maple Room blends modern task furniture — including a mahogany table and ergonomic seating — with artwork and accents to create a relaxing workspace.

  • Dimensions: 17’ x 30’
  • Boardroom-style seating
  • Capacity: 10

The Pine Lodge


A rustic atmosphere with natural-grain wood paneling and fireplace seating area, the Pine Lodge offers flexible seating arrangements, from boardroom, classroom, and open-U style for meetings, to dinner and cocktail party set-ups.

  • Dimensions: 20’ x 35’
  • Capacity: 20 to 25

Food Service

Full-service catering is provided by Drew University’s on-campus food service vendor. Options range from hors d’oeuvres to complete meals. The university’s event staff can create menu options to meet the needs of almost any group or occasion.


Each of our three meeting rooms feature a wall-mounted flat-panel monitor, high-speed wireless internet, and local and long-distance telephone service. Polycom speakerphone devices are available for conference calls. Drew also offers webcam equipment and other A/V devices, easels and flip charts, and copy services for an added fee.

Guest Accommodations

On the second floor of Hilltop House, you’ll find three beautifully appointed bedrooms, two full bathrooms (one en suite to the master bedroom), and a library. These spaces are available for overnight lodging in conjunction with conferences and meetings.

Directions to Hilltop House Conference & Retreat Center

  • Enter Drew University campus from Route 124/Madison Avenue through the Bowne Memorial Gateway.
  • At first stop sign, bear left and proceed past Library.
  • At second stop sign, turn right.
  • Follow road around 12 Campus Drive to the Ehinger Center parking lot
  • Turn left and proceed through parking lot toward the Forest Preserve
  • Hilltop House is on the left
  • Parking is available around the circular driveway

You can also view our campus map.

Rates & Availability

Drew University offers very affordable rates for nonprofit, government, educational and corporate clients for training meetings, team building and retreats.  Our event staff is committed to aligning your needs and budget with our space and services. For a quote, please call (973) 408-3103.