Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What should a student pack for their stay at Drew?

Dress for Summer College is casual.  Students may wear shorts or jeans to classes and activities, avoiding very short shorts or skirts and very revealing tanks or other tops.  Rooms in which they will have classes and other activities are air-conditioned and can get quite cold, so they might want a light layer for the chillier buildings or for cool evenings.  Residence halls are also air-conditioned.  Bathrooms are shared and likely to be down the corridor from student rooms.  Coin-operated laundry facilities are available in the residence halls.

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes: shorts, jeans or other pants, skirts, t-shirts, sports shirts, etc.
  • Light top layer: shirt, light jacket, etc.
  • Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Swimsuit and flip-flops for the pool
  • Pajamas
  • One “nice” outfit for graduation:
    For girls: a dressy skirt or pants and a nice top, or a dress/sundress
    For boys: non-jeans pants or khakis and either a button down or polo shirt
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, ball cap, etc.
  • Gym clothes/equipment if you plan on running around (students will have access to a pool, tennis and basketball courts, the gym, and fields)
  • Alarm clock
  • Pen/pencil and notebook
  • Optional: flashlight, reading material, camera

What is Provided

  • Bed linens
  • Pillows
  • Towels and washcloths (though students might want to bring a beach towel for the pool)

Where will students live during Summer College?

Students will be living in one of the campus residence halls.  The building is accessible only through use of a fob, or an electronic key.   The program mentors will be staying in the same residence hall.  The residence hall is air-conditioned and is equipped with washing machines and dryers (which operate on quarters).

Where will students eat during Summer College?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by the campus dining services. Students and mentors will eat in the Commons, the main dining hall.  Students should inform the program coordinators if they have any dietary restrictions. Most dietary needs can be accommodated.

How can parents/guardians get in touch with students?

We assume that most students will have cell phones.  However, in addition, during the day, you’ll be able to contact Wendy Kolmar (973-408-3632) and Maya Sanyal (973-408-8834) at their office numbers.  In case of an emergency, you can contact Drew’s Public Safety Department (973-408-3379), which will have a list of students’ names and rooms and will be able to get in touch with a student or with the program director as necessary.

What are the safety and supervision measures during Summer College?

Drew University is a small, safe suburban campus located about 30 miles from New York City, in Madison NJ.  The campus is easily accessible by NJ Transit train from Newark Broad Street and New York Penn Stations; the train stops in town about 5 minutes from campus.

Staff of the Summer College

  • Director:  Professor Wendy Kolmar, a Professor of English and Women’s Studies who has been at the College for 26 years.  The Director lives on campus and will be on call at all times.
  • Coordinator:  Maya Sanyal, the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and a Drew graduate with a Ph.D. in English literature and additional experience as a college level instructor.
  • Program Mentors:  Fourteen (14) Drew students – juniors and seniors –selected for their academic credentials, extensive involvement in campus programs, and their commitment to the educational goals of the program.  The mentor to student ratio will be better than 1:2 throughout the program.
  • Faculty:  Full-time faculty of the university will be conducting classes, mini-courses, panels and lectures.  Sessions will also be presented by professional staff members from Admissions, Financial Aid, the Career Center, and the Off-Campus Programs Office.

Residence Hall

  • Security.  Students will be staying in Hurst Hall, a campus residence hall with electronic fob secure entry and individually keyed rooms.  The students for the Summer College and their mentors will be the primary residents of the building.  There is an adult resident director who supervises the complex.
  • Supervision.  Mentors reside on the residence hall floors with the students.  They will be in the residence hall with the students every evening from the end of the evening activity through lights out and will do a bed check at lights out.
  • Campus Security.  The Public Safety Office on campus is a 24-hour office with officers on call at all times and trained to respond to all emergencies.
  • Food.  Students will be eating with the mentors in the campus dining hall.

Supervision on Campus

  • Campus Escort.  Students will never be alone on campus.  They will be escorted by mentors to all activities, meals, classes etc.  There is very little unstructured time in the program and during the open time in the late afternoon, mentors will join  students if they want to play tennis or frisbee, swim or work out in the gym, or if they want to go to the library or the computer lab.
  • Attendance.  Attendance will be taken by mentors at the beginning of every meal, class and activity – so basically at hour and 15 minute intervals throughout the day.  Should a student not be present the mentor responsible for the attendance will immediately notify the program office and go to find the student.

Medical Emergency & Non-Urgent Illness

  • Emergency.  The program has clearly outlined emergency protocols which conform to campus protocols.  In an emergency, the Campus Public Safety Office would be called and they would respond to the emergency and call an ambulance if necessary.  At the same time, the director would also be called.  Drew is 10 minutes from an excellent hospital, Morristown Memorial, where students would be taken in an emergency.  The parent would also be contacted immediately.
  •  Non-Urgent Medical Treatment.  If a student is sick or has other non-urgent health concerns, we would contact the parent and consult about treatment.  There is an Omnimed Walk-in Clinic within 10 minutes drive of campus where non-urgent treatment would be available for the students.  Parents would also have the option of coming to get the student and taking him/her to a family doctor.

The Summer College Program

  • Schedule.  Students are occupied during the Summer College program from 8:00 a.m., when they go to breakfast, until approximately 9:00 p.m., when they return to the residence halls with the mentors after the evening’s activity.  As stated earlier, the only unstructured time during the day is an hour and a half break in the late afternoon when they will have an opportunity for recreational activities with the mentors.
  • Location.  All Summer College programs will be conducted on the university campus.  Student participants will not be allowed to leave campus at any time except for a planned activity.

Will health care be provided for students during Summer College?

During Summer College, health care will not be available for visiting students on the Drew campus.  In order to take the best care of students while they are on campus, we have made arrangements to ensure the availability of good health care should the students need it.

In non-emergency situations, should a student in her/his judgement or ours, require medical attention, we will attempt to contact the parent/guardian or have the student contact the parent/guardian.  If we are able to reach the parent/guardian and they are not too far away and wish to attend to the situation, they may take the student to their own physician.  We encourage parents/guardians to do that.  If we are not able to reach the parent/guardian, or if they cannot come to Drew, we will take the student to a walk-in Omnimed clinic about 10-minutes from campus.  Please make sure that all health information and authorization forms are signed, so that we have to authority to seek treatment for the student and the essential information we need to do so.

In emergencies, should they arise, we will do what is necessary, using an available local hospital, most often the Morristown Memorial Hospital, and contacting the parent/guardian for authorization when feasible.

The student body of Summer College will be covered under a blanket liability insurance policy subscribed to by Drew University.  However, the students’ medical, dental, and hospital expenses are not covered by Drew University or Summer College and remain the responsibility of the parents/guardians and/or their family health insurance.