Established in 1968, Brandeis' Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (TYP) is an integral part of the institution's enduring commitment to social justice. The Myra Kraft TYP is an empowering educational experience for students who have shown academic promise, tenacity, leadership, and resilience in their life experiences, but have had limitations to their pre-college academic opportunities. In their first year at Brandeis, students in the program take a mixture of Brandeis undergraduate courses and TYP-exclusive courses designed at the college level.

Small classes and strong support systems help students apply their focus, energy, perseverance and maturity to rigorous studies at the postsecondary level. The program enables young people, who otherwise may not have had access, the opportunity to explore new possibilities for their lives.

Each year out of 200 applicants, 20 outstanding students who often have not had access to AP courses and honors courses are admitted to Brandeis through the Myra Kraft TYP. Students who enter Brandeis through the Myra Kraft TYP have a life-changing experience, and have their stories of success added to the university's thousands of living testimonies of true ambition, resilience, courage, and triumph.

Applying to the Myra Kraft TYP

Each year, Brandeis admits 20 students to the Myra Kraft TYP. Each applicant must be projected to complete high school or its equivalent (e.g., earning a GED) prior to the start of their matriculation at Brandeis.

Each applicant must submit the following materials by the posted deadline:

  1. Brandeis undergraduate application (be sure to check the TYP box).
  2. Official copy of all high school transcripts and/or GED certificate.
  3. One selection from our test-flexible options
  4. Official transcript(s) for any course(s) taken at the post-secondary school level.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from teachers, mentors, employers, etc.
  6. A 400-word essay about what makes you a good candidate for the Myra Kraft TYP (in place of the personal statement).
  7. A copy of your U.S. Permanent Resident Visa (Green Card) if not a U.S. citizen.
  8. A complete CSS Profile.

Interview on Campus

While interviews are optional for the MKTYP, they are strongly encouraged. Interviews are conducted by current Brandeis seniors, and serve as a great way for you to get to know more about Brandeis and the MKTYP program. The also provide an insightful personal touch to the application process. Register here to schedule an on-campus interview.

Financial Aid Information

Brandeis University will meet 100 percent of calculated institutional financial need as determined by the CSS Profile and federal income-tax returns for each year of an admitted TYP student's attendance. A typical financial-aid package will consist of a need-based scholarship, loans and a work award. Applicants to the Myra Kraft TYP may contact Cathy Nelson in the Office of Student Financial Services for additional information.

For more information about the program, please visit the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program Website or email Program Director Erika Smith.

For questions about the Myra Kraft TYP admissions process, please e-mail Marina Offner, associate director of admissions.