Brandeis University

415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453

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Brandeis University is a private, non-profit university with a liberal arts focus. Founded in 1948, Brandeis is named after the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis. Thirteen years after its founding, Brandeis earned Phi Beta Kappa recognition. Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored College or university in the country. As a research university, part of the mission of Brandeis is to be “...dedicated to the advancement of the humanities, arts and social, natural and physical sciences”. The liberal arts college aims to affirm “the importance of a broad and critical education in enriching the lives of students and preparing them for full participation in a changing society, capable of promoting their own welfare, yet remaining deeply concerned about the welfare of others.” An overarching aim of Brandeis is to promote a results-focused orientation through supporting innovative and inspiring courses of study.

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Brandeis campus is only nine miles west of Boston. The suburban campus spans 235 acres comprised of more than 100 academic and residential buildings. A variety majors are available for students to choose from when completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate students also have the option of completing their degree entirely online. With six Master’s degree programs to choose from, students can learn when and where it is most convenient for them. Around 2/3 of the undergraduate student population is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences is comprised 24 departments and 22 interdepartmental programs, which, in total, offers 43 majors and 47 minors. Within all the fields of study, research is held in high regard. Because of this, undergraduates are given research opportunities and experience leadership positions. A point of pride for Brandeis is that among its faculty are eight American Academy of Arts and Science fellows, as well as six members of the National Academies, and four Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. In addition, there are three Pulitzer Prize winning faculty members and two recipients of MacArthur Foundation “genius grants”.

In addition to academics, students have a variety of athletic programs. Women’s sports include: basketball, fencing, softball, cross country, tennis, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. Men’s sports are: basketball, baseball, cross country, fencing, swimming and diving, track and field, tennis and soccer. In addition, students can choose to participate in 250 diverse clubs and organizations. These clubs and organization fall under the following categories: arts and culture, academic, media and publications, performance, political and activism, sports, and miscellaneous. Students can also take part in the Brandeis television station, BTV, and their radio station WBRS. However, of the clubs and organizations, there are no fraternities or sororities because they are officially prohibited by the university.

Brandeis enrolls around 5,808 students, 3,588 of whom are undergraduates. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10 to 1. The acceptance rate for prospective students is 39 percent and, of that number, 25 percent actually enroll. Once enrolled at Brandeis, the freshmen retention rate is 95 percent and the four and six year graduation rates are 86 percent and 90 percent respectively. Within the undergraduate population, 61 percent of students are from out of state students and 17 percent are from foreign countries. Around 2,256 students, which includes graduate students, are age 25 or above. About 15 percent of graduate students take advantage of at least some if not all distance education opportunities. And the majority of the student population attend full-time (80 percent of graduates and 99 percent of undergraduates).

The tuition and fees at Brandeis University are estimated to be around $44,294 per year. Brandeis offers students financial aid opportunities and information through their Office of Financial Aid. Through financial aid and scholarships, Brandeis awards nearly $9 million to students each year. Around 60 percent of undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships. Around 51 percent of undergraduates take out Federal student loans.

Brandeis is consistently ranked within the top tier of the nation’s universities. The Princeton Review has honored Brandeis with a number of awards including, “Best Value Colleges- Private,” “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “The Best 376 Colleges."




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    Private, 4-year
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    Master's degree
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