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High School Applicant

Application Checklist

*items are part of both the Drew Online Application and the Common Application.


  • Early Decision I – December 1, 2013
  • 7-Year BA/MD Program – December 1, 2013
  • EOS/EOF Program – January 15, 2014
  • Early Decision II – February 1, 2014
  • Regular Admission – February 15, 2014

*Applications for Fall 2014 are still being accepted and reviewed. As space is limited we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

At Drew, we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application and consider many factors in our decision, including your high school grades, course of study, recommendations, essay, extracurricular involvement and SAT/ACT scores. You also have the option of supplementing your application with an optional graded analytical paper which can serve to provide additional insight to your academic strengths.

Application Types

There are two ways to apply to Drew: Early Decision & Regular Admission.

Early Decision

Early Decision is a special program designed for students who are confident that Drew is their first-choice school. Students should only apply Early Decision to one institution. Early Decision is binding, which means as part of applying Early Decision, you are agreeing that if you are admitted you will enroll at Drew University, financial circumstances permitting. Students must also submit the Early Decision Agreement to be considered for Early Decision. If you are not admitted under the Early Decision program your application may be deferred to the regular decision pool, in which case your admission will not be binding.

Why choose Early Decision?

  • The $60 application fee is automatically waived for Early Decision applicants
  • Early Decision applicants are given special consideration in the admission process
  • Early Decision students are among the first students to be considered for admission and scholarships
  • Early Decision is the fastest way to receive notification of your admission status
  • Early Decision allows you to finalize your college search process sooner

Drew has two Early Decision deadlines you may consider:

  • Early Decision I – Deadline December 1, 2013.
    ED I Applicants whose applications are complete by the deadline will receive admissions decisions and financial aid information on or about December 16, 2013.
  • Early Decision II – Deadline February 1, 2014
    ED II Applicants whose applications are complete by or prior to the deadline will receive admissions decisions on a rolling basis beginning on or about January 7, 2014. Complete financial aid information for ED II admits will be provided on or about February 15, 2014.

Please note: Early Decision I applicants who do not have a completed application on file by December 1 will automatically be rolled to Early Decision II. Applicants for Early Decision II whose applications are not complete by February 1, 2014 will be considered for Regular Admission once all supporting documentation has been submitted.

Regular Admission

Regular Admission allows you to apply at any point in the process. Primary consideration will be given to those applicants whose application and all supporting materials are received by February 15, 2014. Applications received or completed after this date will be considered on a rolling and space-permitting basis.

Special & Dual Degree Admissions Programs for First-Year Students

At Drew we offer a number of special admissions programs that you may find to be a great fit for you. All of these programs are designed to ensure students excel while attending Drew and beyond.

International Applicant

Are you an International student who will require a visa to study in the United States? If so, be sure to review the additional information for international students below.

Financial Aid And Scholarships

Drew is quite generous with financial aid and provides over $27 million to its students in financial aid each year. Both domestic and international students can qualify for merit-based scholarships, which are based on previous academic achievement. These scholarships do not require any additional application. Students are automatically considered for a scholarship at the point of admission.

In addition to these merit scholarships, first-year students may also apply for the Civic Engagement ScholarshipRISE Science Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship in the Arts. These scholarships provide $20,000 ($5,000 per year) to recipients. These scholarships all require a special application and have a March 1 application deadline.

Transfer Applicant

Application Checklist

  • Application for Admission
    (Apply Online via the Drew Application or CommonApp.
  • $60 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Personal Statement*
  • Letter of Recommendation*
    from college level professor or administrator
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Official High School Transcript
  • SAT/ACT Scores (optional)

*items are part of both the Drew Online Application and the Common Application.


  • Spring 2014 – January 15, 2014
  • Fall 2014 – August 15, 2014

*Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis

Have you previously enrolled at another college/university after high school graduation and attempted 12 or more credits? If so, you are may be considered for transfer admission to Drew.

Drew takes a holistic approach to reviewing your application for admission. Admission decisions are based on the strength of your academic record as well as extra-curricular involvement. We will consider your college grade-point average, essay and recommendations. If you have earned less than 24 college credits, we may also consider your high school grades and course of study. Transfer students are not required to submit the results from standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, but may choose to do so.

* Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 80 credits to Drew from accredited two- or four-year institutions. In order to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew, students must complete at least 128 credits, with a minimum of 48 credits completed at Drew.

Transfer credits are granted for courses in which you have earned a C or better and only for courses that are comparable to courses offered at Drew. Credit is not granted for basic skills or remedial course work.

Credits are transferred based on a semester-hour system; credits from schools on a quarter-hour or trimester system may receive less than a one-for-one rate.

Students are sent an evaluation of their transfer credits by the registrar’s office shortly after their admission to the university. Prior to formal admission, we are happy to provide you with a preliminary evaluation of your transfer credits. For more details, please contact Francis Field in the Office of College Admissions at 973-408-3555 or

Interviews Via Skype (Optional)

We offer a 30-minute optional interview via Skype with a Drew University admissions counselor.

Schedule a Skype Interview

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Drew provides over $27 million a year in grants and scholarships to our students. Transfer students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are automatically awarded at the point of admission based on the strength of your academic record. In addition, Drew offers need-based grants to transfer students. To determine your eligibility for a need-based grant from Drew, as well as federal and state grants, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, school code 002603).

For more information on financial planning and financial aid awards, visit the Office of Finical Assistance site.

Contact Us

Students under the age of 24 who have attempted 12 or more college credits after high school graduation should contact Frances Field in the Office of College Admissions at 973-408-3555 or ffield@drew.edu. (Students who have earned college credits while in high school should apply to Drew as first-year students.)

Adults age 24 and older wishing to resume studies leading to a bachelor of arts degree at Drew should contact Sunita Bhargava in the Office of Continuing Education and Special Programs at 973-408-3400 or sbhargav@drew.edu.

International Applicants

Application Deadlines

Please see the application deadlines for either high school or transfer applicants.

Application Checklist

International Applicants are required to submit all of the required application information as outlined for high school or transfer applicants, depending on their standing.  In addition, they should submit the following:

  • Results from English Proficiency Exam – TOEFL or IELTS
    This may be waived on a case-by-case basis based on SAT/ACT scores or previous study
  • Evaluation of All School Credentials, submitted in English
  • Application for Form I-20 and affidavit(s) of Support
    A copy of the affidavit of support should be provided for each sponsor. The application for Form I-20 and the Affidavit(s) of support are not required to be submitted until after admission, but providing these documents with your application can help expedite the issuance of your form I-20. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently studying and living abroad, you do NOT need to fill out these documents.
  • Official Bank Account Statement in U.S. Dollars
    The statement(s) must show funds available to the student in an amount equal to or greater than the total cost of attendance for one year. The statement(s) must be official, from the financial institution itself, not simply a print-out of a webpage.

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International applicants are eligible for merit aid and various scholarships. Please see information for high school or transfer applicants for more information.

Interview via Skype (Optional)

For students who are currently located outside the United States and unable to visit our campus, we offer a 30-minute optional interview via Skype with a Drew University admissions counselor.

Schedule a Skype Interview

Special Admission Programs

5-Year B.A. and Master of Arts in Teaching

Drew offers an innovative and advanced approach to teacher education – a 5 year (4+1) bachelor of arts/master of arts in teaching program. This approach will allow you to enter the teaching field with a career advantage that translates to greater job prospects, higher salaries and increased opportunity for promotion.

Our program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree and focus on developing a well-rounded liberal arts foundation while focusing on your subject area. Then you enter our master of arts in teaching (MAT). This program allows you to become certified to teach at the middle or secondary school level in biology, chemistry, English, French, Italian, math, physics, Spanish, social studies or theatre arts.

The MAT program runs from June to May, allowing you to complete your master’s in just under a year. During this time you’ll immerse yourself in course work and also participate in fieldwork experiences.

7-Year Dual-Degree Medical Program

Drew offers simultaneous admission to both Drew and the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers-NJMS). Successful candidates spend three years of study at Drew and four years at Rutgers-NJMS, completing both B.A. and M.D. degrees. This program is space limited and very competitive.

Qualifications for Consideration

  • Unweighted 3.8 GPA
  • SAT score of 1400 or higher (summing only critical reading and math scores) or ACT score of 32 or higher (must be on one administration of the exam)
  • Personal interview with a college admissions staff member on Drew’s campus, prior to the application deadline of Dec. 7, to be schedule by the applicant after Drew receives student’s qualifying SAT or ACT scores
  • Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

For more information on the dual-degree program, please refer to the college catalog. Please note the additional qualifications and application instructions.

Educational Opportunity Scholars (EOS/EOF)

The Educational Opportunity Scholars program is a partnership between the New Jersey Commission of Higher Education and Drew University. Within this partnership, the program provides access to higher education and support for highly motivated students who exhibit the potential for success, but come from families of low income and lack access to the quality educational preparation necessary to attend college. The program provides direct services designed to promote persistence through degree completion. Furthermore, the program supports innovative educational initiatives, support services and leadership development activities to enhance the student’s chance for academic success.

To be considered for the EOS/EOF program, you must:

  1. demonstrate financial need and a background of historical poverty,
  2. have a family income that falls within the established income eligibility criteria,
  3. demonstrate an educationally disadvantaged background, and
  4. be a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey for 12 months immediately preceding enrollment.

Students enrolled in the EOS/EOF program receive additional grants from the state of New Jersey. In addition, Drew University provides significant additional need-based aid to support EOS students. Students also attend a free summer enrichment program to prepare for success in college and receive extra support services throughout their studies, such as counseling and tutoring. For more information, visit the EOF site.

For more information on Drew’s EOS program, visit www.drew.edu/EOS.

5-Year Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Columbia University

Students selected for Drew’s dual-degree engineering program spend three years earning a B.A. at Drew, based on our top-flight liberal arts education. Students then move to the engineering program at Columbia University and in two years earn a B.S. or B.Eng. in Engineering.

This unique program is just one way to pursue a career in engineering when you attend Drew.