Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”—Pele, Soccer Champion


This community offers a space for people who identify as or are interested in building the inclusivity, relationships, and support for commuters and nontraditional students. This community offers resources, programs, events, and networking opportunities that can enrich a student’s academic experience and promote their success.

The Commuter/Transfer/Nontraditional Identity/Affinity Community brings together faculty, staff, alums, and community members who understand that this community has unique needs in its transition into The Forest—yet this community also has unique experiences that can contribute to the culture of Drew. This community is designed as a space to explore, learn, reflect on, and support each student’s path during their academic development.

If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.

Texas poised to crack down on wasted college credits, offering better support to transfer students

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Transferring colleges comes with an extra layer of challenge, determining which credits transfer and what requirements they fulfill.  In Texas it is estimated that students spend $60 million annually on credits that end up not counting towards a major.  The …

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Nontraditional college students deserve more support | Opinion

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In an excellent opinion piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Suchitra Gururaj and Vivé Griffith, discuss the challenges that nontraditional college students face, how institutions are responding with strategies such as flexible course schedules, hybrid online/in-person courses, and areas where more …

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How to Succeed as a Commuter Student: 18 Proven Tips

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Joining a college community as a commuter student can add an extra layer of challenge.  Commuter student, Roxine Kee, offers these helpful thoughts from her own experience.  Read the article.

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