Welcome parents of the Class of 2024! Please ask you questions here...thank you!
Tell us more about the Fall contingency plans.
The main academic plan centers around continuing with virtual education we are providing now. And, preparing for a Spring 21 start for "in person".
However, more details are being formulated
+ as Bob already mentioned we’d like to know the next steps. When we should expect this guidance? Just want to be sure we are not missing something
How have you tried to maintain a strong community during the COVID remote learning period?
What has the college done to prevent students from falling through the cracks during the COVID disruption?
hoping you are recording this. my husband can’t attend
We are recording! We will share!
Here’s a look at our virtual programming calendar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/2/d/e/2PACX-1vRli6UZb5JL0m1sGbaRxgjMuCRIeYPV_fXkiPF2X8a2NB-HdWtBO13X8UOGlyyNUxMw7izqDA-cgbNL/pubhtml
Do admitted students have access to sit in on classes and all the other experiences MaryAnn mentioned.
We live in Florida and are wondering how to plan for Spring orientation
@bridget - yes, we will be sending information very soon about available classes students can virtually attend starting next week.
Will you cover what to do after a student has accepted their offer?
Yes, Michelle will cover orientation and some additional transition tips.
When is the anticipated move in day for athletes?
I know that people have a lot of questions about what will happen in the fall. The best way to ease your mind, is that we will make sure that we are responsive to whatever Corona throws at us. We are used to planning for face to face and we can get those systems up and running in a flash. But now we are also very adept at virtual learning and we know we can do that too. We will constantly keep people updated as we move into the orientation cycle and through the summer.
Hi! When do roommate choices have to be submitted?
don’t forget about the pool! my son is coming in as a swimmer! He is USA. iIs the pool open
Can we buy Drew Swag for our students?
Yes! The Bookstore is open online: https://www.bkstr.com/drewstore/home
what kind of support is there for a new student, not an athlete, who does not know anyone?
what type of on-campus medical facilities are offered?
For Athletic Sway http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/newjersey/madison/drew-university
Athletic swag: http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/newjersey/madison/drew-university
@Krista Kovacs we have something called the Mighty OC, the orientation crew and they each have a small groups of students that they shepherd during orientation in the summer and fall. Students can’t help but meet students in their orientation group.
Angela Dee Alforque
@Michelle Brisson Can you talk about campus security and safety, and what resources are available for students if they, for example, are out late at night on campus and are concerned about their safety. Thanks.
The Health Center is full accredited and has a board certified staff, and on-site lab. We also have mental health and counseling staff available for students.
What happens if students are clear about their major already.
Thank you MaryAnn!
what is the ratio of commuter students vs. resident students?
@Angela Dee Alforque while Michelle is talking, we have what we call Public Safety who make sure the campus is safe, we also have an escort service, and we are just instituting an app for mobile phones that allows students to be connected wherever they are on campus. We also do (with me the President) safety walks once a semester where we walk together at night to make sure that all our lights are working properly and to get feedback from students to ensure that all campus areas are safe. Madison NJ has the very highest safety rating in New Jersey and we are closely tied to Madison. Merchants in town and the Mayor and City Council look out for our students. They all meet the Mayor on the first Saturday of orientation.
Does Drew have anyFraternities/Sororities?
If the student decides to come home one weekend, do they have to notify someone?
Drew does not have a Greek system, so no social fraternities and sororities.
What programs do you have in place to support students who are a part of a marginalized group?
Thank you Michelle
Does the money come to them like a paycheck?
If the first semester is virtual, do you adjust the financial aid/merit awards?
or does it go directly to tuition
We have been furloughed due to COVID-19 since completing our FAFSA and our financial situation has dramatically changed. Are there any considerations or opportunities to take new situations into account?
how do we find out about the federal work study program requirements?
@bsross I greatest hope is that no student is part of a marginalized group. I could talk about Drew’s identity as an inclusive campus, but I think it is more important to say that we attract students who want to be with students who are different than themselves. We have many structures to support difference in all forms. If you would like to reach out specifically to me I can try to answer more specific concerns that you might have. email@example.com
@bsross - our Francis B. Sellers program offers two supportive programs, one for 1st generation students and another through the NJ state EOF program.
Work study comes to the student as a bi-weekly paycheck and they have the decision to apply it to tuition or other expenses.
@Danielle Mayes, please reach out to financial aid who will help you navigate through this. We have a financial aid appeals process to account for changes.
@Donielle - please contact the Financial Aid office. We are working with families affected by the current COVID situation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you MaryAnn and Bob!
In regards to the earlier question about programs on diversity and inclusion, we also have exciting education-based theme-month programs to celebrate our diverse identities as a community. Some special months I could highlight that we’ve hosted are our “Queering the Forest” celebration in October in which we hosted a range of programs celebrating students who identify as LGBTQ+, in February we hosted four different weeks of programs in celebration of Black History Month, and even in March, we hosted multiple virtual programs to celebrate women for Women’s “Herstory” Month.
What is the roommate questionnaire deadline?
Is there an extracurricular schedule - say, this year's as an example? When are the theater and choir opportunities?
Does the college allow for a gap year? If so, What are the conditions for a gap year?
There is a calendar on the Student Activities website, feel free to scroll back in time and check out all the programs! http://www.drew.edu/StudentActivities/
If your not sure if you need the loans because of all that is happening should you accept them? And if you end up not needing the loans can you just cancel?
Does my financial aid offer change if I take a gap year?
Can you provide us a link or information about technology requirements for academics. e.g.. computer.
Does accepting external scholarships affect the grants/scholarships from the university?
@SBuchanan I don’t even know how to begin to answer this! There are tons and tons of opporutuntiies. Students can join clubs, but they can also just watch Drew Today which is a daily list of all activities on campus; there are about 30-40 things happening on a given day .Students do not need to be a theater or music major to try out for and participate in those programs.
Outside scholarships will not affect a student's grants and scholarships unless those awards exceed their actual costs. Outside awards can change eligibility for federal work study and subsidized loans however.
Is there any consideration being given to extending the 5/01 deposit date?
Do you have posted online somewhere a listing of the home states of Drew's current students (presuming that the Class of 2024 still is unknown)?
When can we expect our first bill and when can we select payment plans?
@Steve about 40% of our students are “national” students and Drew is ranked 8th in the country at baccalaureate colleges for the number of international students.
Housing application deadline is 7/1/2020 just so you have it here!
Bills for the fall semester will go out on July 5th and payment will be due on August 5th. Once your student is deposited, they can sign up for their payment plan through their student portal with the first payment due in July.
What if you already have a computer?
If you or your students are interested in learning more about campus activities, programs, and happenings, please check out both the Drew University and the Student Activities Instagram accounts: @drewuniversity and @drewstuact
@Steve we don't do a specific list, however currently among the committed 2024 students they are from 20 states and 9 countries. Of course, we still have many more students to commit!
we got my son an apple air book. lighter. less expensive in case it drops. he loves it!
@Deb Stevens, same computer the president is typing on now!
Thank you very much for this forum, very helpful and informative
This has been wonderful- Thank you!
Thank you very much!