There is no other place like Brandeis. As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. 

Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. 

Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. 

At Brandeis, you will discover a community rooted in purpose, guided by our founding values, poised to lead in education and research in the 21st century.


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Our Story

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Brandeis’ visionary founders established a nonsectarian research university that welcomed talented faculty and students of all backgrounds and beliefs. From the outset, Brandeis focused on undergraduate education, while building a pioneering research enterprise. Learn more about our story.

Our Jewish Roots

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Brandeis was established as a nonsectarian university with a founding principle of being open and welcoming to faculty, students and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs.

At its core, Brandeis is animated by a set of values that are rooted in Jewish history and experience. The first of these is a reverence for learning. Brandeis reflects the values of the Jewish community by pursuing rigorous academic work of the highest standards. Second is an emphasis on critical thinking, including self-criticism. At Brandeis, students and faculty are encouraged to question openly and accept nothing without study, debate and reflection. Third is the Jewish ideal of making the world a better place through one’s actions and talents.

Brandeis is committed to making its community truly inclusive by seeking students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, cultures, religions and experiences. Indeed, ours is one of the few universities in America with inclusivity as a founding principle. At the same time, we are proud of the university’s rootedness in Jewish values. It is a source of enduring vitality for us, and it is a quality that distinguishes Brandeis from other important research universities.