Drew Named a ‘Hidden Gem’
College Raptor selects school based on national ranking, number of students and applicants.
May 2016 – Drew University is considered a “hidden gem” by College Raptor, but that’s not likely to last.
Why? Because the school’s profile is rising through the success of its students and professors. In the fall alone, RISE Associate Fellow William Campbell earned a Nobel Prize in Medicine, professors Patrick Phillips and Ross Gay became finalists for the National Book Award in Poetry and graduate student Brian Stetler unearthed a first edition of the 1611 King James Bible in the school’s library. Drew also was featured in the Princeton Review’s Colleges That Create Futures.
College Raptor, an online platform for finding colleges and universities, selected just one hidden gem per state, so Drew is New Jersey’s honoree. “It is terrific to be recognized as a hidden gem,” said Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger. “Drew shines thanks to our faculty mentorship of students and our focus on learning by doing and using New York City as a classroom. We won’t be a ‘hidden gem’ for long!”
Other College Raptor selections include Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Yeshiva University in New York, Wheaton College in Illinois and Pitzer College in California. Alaska is the only state not represented, as its schools did not meet College Raptor’s selection criteria.
The selections were based primarily on number of applicants, number of enrolled students and national ranking, according to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
“There are many great colleges across the country,” said Tyler Hakes, director of marketing at College Raptor. “In some cases, you have colleges ranked in the top 150 or 200 schools in the nation, but they receive relatively few applicants simply because they don’t have the brand name of other institutions.”
To qualify, schools must have received fewer than 5,000 applications in the previous application cycle for which data was available and have enrolled at least 1,000 undergraduate students. From this set, the top-ranked college, nationally, was selected from each state.
The hidden gem designation is designed to call attention to institutions that may be overlooked by students but stand out in terms of academic rigor and student success. The national or overall ranking is based on academic and outcome data, including graduation rate, selectivity, student-to-faculty ratio. You can view the full list of hidden gems here.