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Drew University

Madison, NJ 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%

Drew University Admissions

Drew University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 73% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 3,855 students applied to Drew University and 2,801 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Drew University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $40.

Students who submit their applications to Drew University for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 6.

Drew University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Drew University's admissions stats.

Drew University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 31%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 97%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

Drew University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Drew University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 March 6

Considering Applying Early to Drew University?

Drew University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Drew University is 98%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 73%. Last year, Drew University admitted 53 of the 54 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Drew University Admissions

Transferring to Drew University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Drew University

Drew University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Drew University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Drew University

What does Drew University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Interview Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Drew University for more information on admission factors.

Drew University Application Requirements

To apply to Drew University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Drew University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Drew University?

Students admitted to Drew University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1. Drew University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 26% submitted a class rank. At Drew University 31% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Drew University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Drew University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Drew University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 97% of Drew University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Drew University?

To be competitive with other Drew University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1120 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Drew University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Drew University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Drew University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

To be most competitive at Drew University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Drew University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Drew University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Drew University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Drew University.

Transfer students can enroll in Drew University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Drew University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Drew University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Drew University.

Does Drew University accept transfer credits?

✅ Drew University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Drew University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Drew University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Drew University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Drew University?

❌ No, Drew University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Drew University's acceptance rate?

✅ Drew University's acceptance rate is 73%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Drew University?

✅ Drew University's early decision acceptance rate was 98% in 2021.

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Drew University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Drew University? Drew University is a somewhat selective institution. The Drew University acceptance rate is 73%. This means that the institution accepts 72 out of every 100 applicants.


Drew University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Drew University is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Drew University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1340


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

580 - 690

Drew University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Drew University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.1. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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