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| Going to Drew is the best decision I ever made. I turned down NYU, GWU, Rutgers, UMass, Simmons and Smith to go and I don't regret a thing. The campus is lovely. I thought, going in to college, that I maybe wouldn't learn too much, but I've learned quite a lot. The academics are challenging, but in the best ways possible. The sports aren't too good, but the other extracurriculars are great and numerous. I've made great friends with my professors and members of the student body, as everyone is friendly and accepting. |
|Apr 21 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Drew offers academic and extracurricular opportunities not available elsewhere. Many of the professors are exceptional. The Theatre and Political Science Departments are excellent. Because of Drew's small size, it's easy to get leadership rolls in extracurricular activities. The campus is beautiful, consisting mostly of historic buildings in a heavily wooded environment.|
For a small school, there is a lot of red-tape in dealing with non-academic departments. Plan to stand on line for hours to get housing, and the health service center is lousy -- go to an off-campus doctor or clinic. Academic departments are great to work with, but dealing with non-academic departments is like going to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Social life is nothing to write home about. I attended Drew in the late 1990's when the school's alcohol policy was lenient, but today the school has become one of the strictest is New Jersey, issuing hundred of tickets each year to students for alcohol violations. I can remember going to outdoor barbeques with students eating burgers and drinking beer. I was stunned to find out that the campus public safety now enters private student rooms in order to issue alcohol citations.
Tuition and costs have become increasingly problematic. Drew costs $52,500 per year (not counting books and personal expenses) making it one of the most expensive colleges in the United States. The school used to give out a lot of scholarships and financial aid. It eliminated its full-tuition merit scholarships a few years ago, and financial aid and other grants have not kept up with tuition.
|Apr 03 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 1997 |
| I believe that there is a lot good about Drew, but I have become increasingly disappointed with the college because of changes in the last decade. |
The Good -- The college provides a good education, many of the professors are excellent, and the campus is very safe and beautiful. Because of the college's small size, it's very easy to get leadership roles in extracurricular activities. The Political Science and Theater Departments are truly outstanding.
The Bad -- There is a lot of red tape for small school. Housing is guaranteed for four years, but room selection, and get repairs done is a royal pain. Health Services is quite unprofessional, and I recommend going to an off-campus physician or clinic.
The Ugly(e.g.,things that have deteriorated in recent years)
(1) Computer Initiative -- Drew was well-known for giving every student a laptop as part of the Tuition. Program was ended, and now college will sell a laptop if an incoming student wants one.
(2)Social Life & Policies -- Drew was never a party school, but treated its students like adults. In the late 1990s, the alcohol policy was lenient, and so the college had some social life. Now, Drew has one of the strictest alcohol policies in the state (hundred of students issued citations each year), and most students leave campus on the weekends or just watch TV.
(3) Class Sizes & Professor Accessibility -- Classes sizes have gone up in the last decade, and the school now uses a decent amount of adjunct (part-time) professors. An incoming students should expect to have some larger classes (>50) during their first two years.
(4) Costs and Financial Aid -- Drew is the most expensive college in New Jersey (even most expensive than Princeton!). A year at Drew costs $52,500 not including books and personal expenses. The school used to give out a lot of scholarships and financial aid, but that has been reduced in recent years. Advice -- If your family has a lot of money or you are able to get a lot of financial aid, Drew may be the right choice particularly if you like theater or want to go into politics/public service. If you really can't afford Drew, I very strongly advise against going into debt to come here. It's really not worth it.
|Mar 26 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |