Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, CA
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
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Quick facts
  • Founded: 1966
  • Enrollment: 777
  • Mascot: CDU Lion
  • Colors: Black and Gold
  • Motto: Excellent health and wellness for all in a world without health disparities
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: No
Short description

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, located in Los Angeles, California, is a distinguished private historically black university, founded in 1966 in the wake of the Watts riots to address inadequate medical facilities in the area. Named after Dr. Charles R. Drew, a pioneering African American physician known for his groundbreaking work in blood transfusion, the university was established with a mission to provide quality medical education and to serve underserved communities. Today, with an enrollment of 777 students, Charles R. Drew University offers a range of academic programs, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, as well as Postbaccalaureate and Post-master's certificates.

The university's motto, "Excellent health and wellness for all in a world without health disparities," reflects its commitment to advancing medical knowledge and promoting equitable healthcare. Charles R. Drew University is particularly known for its strong programs in Radiologic Technician, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. Although the university does not offer campus housing, its urban setting provides students with a dynamic and diverse learning environment. The university's spirit is represented by its mascot, the CDU Lion, and its colors, black and gold. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science continues to be a vital institution in Los Angeles, dedicated to excellence in medical education and the pursuit of eliminating health disparities.

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Popular Majors
  • Radiologic Technician
  • Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Nursing

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