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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1867
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 36 Madison Ave, Madison, New Jersey, United States, 07940
    • Phone:
    • +19734083000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Drew University

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Academic Highlights

The College of Liberal Arts, serving 1,417 undergraduate students, offers strong concentrations in the natural sciences, social sciences, languages and literatures, humanities and the arts, and in several interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fields. The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, enrolling 351 graduate students, offers master's and doctoral degrees in a variety of specialized and interdisciplinary fields.

Life in Drew University

Originally known as "The Circuit Riders" in honor of their Methodist origins, Drew's sports teams are known as the Rangers and compete in the NCAA's Division III. The Rangers field 20 teams in 12 varsity sports.

School Ranking

Drew University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, #117.


More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

Notable Alumni

According to the UMC, Drew's seminary now has more than 3,500 alumni and alumnae "in 45 states and 18 foreign countries, including 21 bishops of The United Methodist Church." Among these alumni: Henry G. Appenzeller was the first Methodist missionary to Korea and fostered a relationship between Korea, the church, and Drew that endures to this day; Peter Deunov, Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual teacher, and Olive Winchester, a Church of the Nazarene theologian, was the first female ordained minister in Great Britain. Frederick Brown Harris was twice the Chaplain of the United States Senate. 

Alumni include popular historian and journalist John T. Cunningham, Craig Stanford, a biology and anthropology professor and director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at the University of Southern California; and Jeff Smith, minister, cookbook author, host of The Frugal Gourmet a television program that aired from 1973 to 1997. Several Drew alumni have had careers in public service, including Nathaniel Raymond, human rights advocate involved in investigations into the Dasht-i-Leili massacre; Holly Bakke, an attorney who served as New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance , Peter Verniero, a former New Jersey Attorney General and New Jersey Supreme Court justice; and Thomas J. Aquilino, Jr., a federal judge on the United States Court of International Trade.

Acceptance Rate

Drew University admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 69%. 

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