University is top 10 in theatre, race/class interaction and top 20 in LGBTQ friendliness.

September 2016 – In The Princeton Review’s latest college rankings, Drew University is among the top schools nationally in three key categories: theatre, race/class interaction and being LGBTQ-friendly.

These rankings are significant because they’re based on questions posed to existing students. In other words, undergraduates are telling prospective students what to expect in The Forest.

“We’re particularly proud of these distinctions because they show strength across academics and quality of life,” Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger said. “This reflects the whole Drew experience.”

Drew also is featured in three broader Princeton Review lists: The Best 381 Colleges, Best Northeastern and Green Colleges—none of which are ranked. (The Northeastern list includes 649 schools and Green Colleges, 353.) In addition, last year Drew was among 50 schools that editors of the Review handpicked to include in a new guide, Colleges That Create Futures.

Here’s a closer look at the theatre, race/class and LGBTQ rankings.

Best College Theatre: 7th

LD_0416_Theatre_Capstone_0572Up from 9th last year, this ranking reflects a core strength at Drew: its Theatre and Dance Department. Each academic year, the department produces about a dozen plays and two dance performances. This fall’s main production? Hamlet, to coincide with the October display of Shakespeare’s First Folio on campus.

Lots of Race/Class Interaction: 8th

LD_082916_FirstDayofClass_0167A University priority. In fact, last semester the school held a workshop on race that attracted hundreds of students and generated more than 20 ideas on how to improve inclusion on campus.

LGBTQ-Friendly: 18th

LD_1014_RainbowFlag_0012Put simply, Drew’s welcoming of men and women of all sexual orientations is longstanding, unwavering and a source of pride.