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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.
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