Drew University

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HeadquartersMadison, New Jersey, USA
Traditionally tied to Methodism; also noted for its strong ties to South-Korean Methodism.

Drew University is a private university in Madison, New Jersey. Drew has been nicknamed the "University in the Forest" because of its wooded 186-acre (75 ha) campus. As of fall 2020, more than 2,200 students were pursuing degrees at the university's three schools.[1]

In 1867, financier and railroad tycoon Daniel Drew purchased an estate in Madison to establish a theological seminary to train candidates for Methodist ministry. The seminary later expanded to offer an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum in 1928 and graduate studies in 1955. The College of Liberal Arts, serving more than 1,600 undergraduate students, offers strong concentrations in the natural sciences, social sciences, languages and literatures, humanities and the arts, and in several interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fields. The Drew Theological School, the third-oldest of thirteen Methodist seminaries affiliated with the United Methodist Church,[2] currently enrolls more than 350 students preparing for careers in the ministry and the academic study of theology.[1]

While affiliated with the Methodist faith, Drew University makes no religious demands of its students. Although many of the Theological School's students and faculty are Methodists, students of all faiths are admitted to any program within the university.

The school is often noted for its strong ties to Korean Methodism. The Rev. Henry Appenzeller, a graduate of the Theological School, became the first Christian missionary to Korea. He worked to establish the Korean Methodist Church, schools and universities, and he translated the Bible into Korean. As a result of his work and his connection to Drew, the Theological School's matriculating class includes many students from South Korea.

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared by William Campbell, a research fellow at Drew University, for his work developing Ivermectin a drug that treats parasitic diseases, later repurposed to great success during COVID-19[3]

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  1. a b http://www.drew.edu/about/
  2. General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. United Methodist Theological Schools. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  3. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/campbell-facts.html