In the News


April 29, 2011  

Gearing Up for Spring Preview at Charles Drew University

Call it a “Spring Preview.” The Office of Admissions is planning for aspiring students to visit campus on Sat., May 7, giving them a chance to explore academic programs as well as other resources on campus. Students will be able to:

  • Learn about academic programs, financial aid, scholarships and the admissions process.
  • Tour campus
  • Meet faculty members
  • Discover student clubs and organizations
  • Explore student services
  • Apply for enrollment

“Our objective is to expose prospective students to Charles Drew University’s academic degree programs,” said Rita Gloria Sawyer, Ph.D., the university’s admissions director. “It’s important for our community to know that their university is alive and well and that we are preparing for growth with much excitement.”

This event is just one of many the admissions counselors, Sara Estrada and Ashanti Fisher, have been planning under guidance from Dr. Sawyer. Ms. Estrada and Ms. Fisher both began in February.  

Since then, the trio met with prospective students and parents at more than 30 events, recruiting from high schools and junior colleges looking to enroll in the College of Science and Health. They’ve traveled as far north as Ventura County. searching for those who are interested in learning health sciences at the university.

So far, more than 600 people have turned in inquiry forms, expressing their interest in learning more about allied health programs. Many are expected to show up for the preview, where they can see the overall campus community. 

“This event will give us a chance to showcase the university’s academic programs and student support services that are made possible by our distinguished faculty and staff,” Dr. Sawyer said. 



For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
Office : (323) 563-4983


About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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