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| Based on the preceding negative comments, I can say this about Drew. Yes, I agree with the folks who wrote about those negative aspects of the school, but there are some good qualities about Drew. The problem with Drew is the price of a Drew education. Yes, the school has its problems, and since the new President came to campus in 2005, the school's reputation has declined. This is largely due to mismanagement and an incompetent administration. Drew still offers solid academic programs, which may not be the most rigorous, but they are solid nonetheless. However, the cost of a Drew education does not match the quality nor the value of the education. If Drew is going to charge what it charges to attend the school, then they should add rigor to the programs. The truth about Drew, and I agree with the previous posts, is that it is a safety school for many students. Because of this, the faculty, departments and the administration are afraid to increase the rigor of the programs for a fear of declining enrollment. As for student life, well, Drew does not offer frats or sororities, and the networking potential of a small campus and a rather disinterested corps of alums does not help the school's reputation. This is evident in the number of employers nationally who have never heard of the school nor understand Drew's culture. Why are schools like Cornell, Lehigh and Boston College known in California? These schools have national recognition because of good administrators, sports, academic research and certain departments at which they excel. Drew does not have this kind of recognition. It is a small school, and offers descent but unimpressive academic programs. There is nothing wrong with this, however, there is something wrong with Drew charging an enormous tuition rate. If you want a school similar to Drew, look at less expensive liberal arts institutions outside of the Northeast. As an alumni of Drew, I do not have amazing things to say about the school, however, you could do much worse in my opinion. The big question is: is it worth the price that you pay? In Drew's case, it is not. |
|Jan 11 2012|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I like the atmosphere of the campus; it is surrounded by trees and is beautiful in the autumn. By biggest issues with Drew University so far are the people on the higher levels of the pyramids. The Business Office is soooo slow, they seriously take weeks to figure something out. I had to constantly nag them to no end just so they would approve something. I didn't keep calling they would of forgot. The University decided to tear down the University Center, and are currently rebuilding a brand new one. The problem: THEY ARE SPENDING OVER $10 MILLION TO REBUILD IT!!! I'm sorry, but that donation money could have been used for almost anything on campus. I.e. scholarships, new dorms, better food(seriously the food here is BAD). The best thing so far about Drew University are the students on campus. Is that reason alone to stay here and pay $56,000 for the same education as Penn State, or less at a community college...I don't think so. I will have to see how the rest of the year goes. |
|Nov 13 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| 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 |