Drew University is a selective coeducational private university located in Madison, New Jersey, in the United States.
Drew has been nicknamed the "University in the Forest" because of the serenity of its wooded 186-acre campus (753,000 m²) when compared to the busy suburban area surrounding the school. As of 2013, 2,369 students are pursuing degrees at the university's three schools.Undergraduate tuition for the 2012–2013 academic year was US$54,200 (excluding books, personal expenditures, and health insurance), making Drew among the most expensive universities in New Jersey.USNews ranked Drew among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in its 2015 rankings.
In 1867, financier and railroad tycoon Daniel Drew directed that his estate in Madison be given to establish a theological seminary to train candidates for ministry in the Methodist church. The seminary later expanded to offer an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum in 1928 and graduate studies in 1955. The College of Liberal Arts, serving 1,582 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 Drew Theological School, the third-oldest of thirteen Methodist seminaries affiliated with the United Methodist Church, currently enrolls 436 students preparing for careers in the ministry and the academic study of theology.The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, enrolling 351 graduate students, offers masters and doctoral degrees in a variety of specialized and interdisciplinary fields.
While affiliated with the Methodist faith, Drew University makes no religious demands of its students. While many of the Theological School's students and faculty are United Methodist, students of all faiths are admitted to study. The United Methodist Church's General Commission on Archives and History is located on campus and maintains an archive of Methodist records and artifacts from the nineteenth century to the present.
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Undergraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Certificiates of language courses
Drew's sports teams are known as the Rangers and compete in the NCAA's Division III. The Rangers field teams in 18 varsity sports (10 female, 8 male). Drew is a member of the Landmark Conference for men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and baseball, field hockey, softball. The Rangers compete as an independent in men's and women's fencing, which compete in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA),and women's equestrian, which competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).Drew offers many club teams including ultimate frisbee and Drew's women's and men's rugby teams, which are part of the collegiate division of the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union. Drew has several intramural sports programs.
Drew has three a cappella groups: 36 Madison Avenue (all male), All of the Above (co-ed), and On a Different Note (all female). Concerts are held regularly throughout the year, with major concerts occurring at the beginning and end of each semester.
The Princeton Review ranks Drew as having the number one theatre program in the United States for any liberal arts college.Drew has two theatres, the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, home to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the Thomas Kean Blackbox Theatre, located in the Dorothy Young Center.
Drew's theatre program was ranked as the #1 theatre program for any liberal arts college in the United States, and #2 overall.
Drew offers an alternative living community called "theme houses". The theme houses produce many of the major campus wide events that take place every year, and also hold many theme parties that occur throughout the semester. The six theme houses on campus are
WoCo: A Feminist House - a house for those interested in women's, LGBT and gender issues
La Casa - a house for those interested in Latin America related subjects
Asia Tree House - a house for those interested in subjects relating to Asia
Spirituality House - a multi-faith house for those interested in topics related to spirituality and lawful and spiritually enhancing means of encouraging spiritual enlightenment through self-stimulation.
WaZoBia - a house for those interested in the cultures and communities in Africa
Earth House - a house for those interested in sustainable living, and environmental subjects
Open-Source - a house for those interested in technology