Frequently Asked Questions
Why was I admitted as a Gateway Scholar?
While Gateway Scholars were selected for admission to Brandeis based on their strong academic and personal achievements, it was determined that these students would benefit from additional English preparation before beginning their full undergraduate coursework. The Committee on Admissions is confident that upon completion of the Gateway Scholars Program you will be poised for academic success at Brandeis.
What are the dates of the summer session?
The 2016 Gateway Scholars program will run from June 27th through August 12th.
What is the cost of the summer session?
The 2016 summer session fee of $14,407 includes tuition, room and board, health insurance, and use of the Health Center.
Is the summer session mandatory for Gateway Scholars?
Yes, the summer session is a vital component of the Gateway Scholars Program. Not only will it strengthen your English skills, it will also help prepare you for all aspects of Brandeis academic life. You will have an invaluable head start on your undergraduate career.
If I take the TOEFL again and receive a higher score, do I still need to participate in the Gateway Scholars Program?
Yes, you must participate in the Gateway Scholars Program regardless of future standardized test scores. You were chosen for the Gateway Scholars Program based on English proficiency demonstrated in various elements of your application. We believe that you will benefit from additional English training before beginning your full undergraduate career.
Will I be considered a full-time Brandeis student?
Yes, you have been admitted to the Brandeis University Class of 2020. You are a Brandeis undergraduate student.
Can I still graduate in four years?
Yes, it is expected that Gateway Scholars will graduate in May 2020.
What courses will I take during the summer session?
Gateway Scholars participate in an intensive English language program focusing on Analytical Writing, Critical Reading, Speaking and Listening through studying current events, literature, history, politics, and American culture.
Instead of coming to the Gateway Scholars Program, can I take English courses somewhere else?
There is no need for you to take courses elsewhere. We have designed this program specifically for you, to ensure your academic success at Brandeis.
Will I earn undergraduate credit for summer and fall courses?
You will receive numeric credit for the Brandeis undergraduate courses you complete. Gateway courses do not carry any numeric credit towards graduation.
Will I continue with Gateway courses in the fall?
At the end of the Gateway Summer program, students will complete a diagnostic exam to assess their proficiency in English writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Those who require additional support will be enrolled in the Gateway Fall course as a supplement to their other Brandeis coursework.
Are there any Gateway courses offered in the spring?
We are confident that upon completion of the summer (and fall) Gateway Scholars Program(s) you will have the skill development necessary for your continued success in your undergraduate career. Should you require additional support, you may request a tutor who will work with you on a one-on-one basis during the spring term.
Will I live with other Gateway Scholars, or will I live with other first-year students?
During the summer, you will be housed with other Gateway Scholars. Towards the end of the summer you will move to a first-year quad where you will be housed with other incoming first-year students for the entire academic year.
May I study abroad?
Gateway Scholars have the same academic opportunities as other Brandeis undergraduates, including the option to study abroad.
Can I join clubs, sports teams and other extracurricular organizations during the fall term?
Yes. As Brandeis undergraduate students, Gateway Scholars may fully participate in clubs, sports and any other campus activities.
What day do I need to move to campus?
You should plan to move into your residence hall on Monday, June 27, 2016. Check-In will be between the hours of 9am-9pm. Students and staff will be available to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
If I arrive in Waltham prior to June 27, 2016 can I move into my room on campus?
You will not be able to move into your room until June 27. There are several hotels near campus where you can stay until the June 27 move-in. Here a few recommendations:
Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham
550 Winter Street
(781) 890-6767 front desk
(800) 222-8733 reservations
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
(617) 969-1000 front desk
(800) 228-9290 reservations
Alternately, you can stay at the Hilton next to Boston's Logan Airport, and you can be picked up Monday morning (see next question/answer). Here is that hotel's information:
Hilton Logan Airport
One Hotel Drive
Boston, MA 02128
How can I get to Brandeis from the airport on Monday, June 27?
We will offer Airport Shuttles from 10am-7pm on Monday, June 27 ONLY. In order to confirm your Airport Shuttle you must complete the Arrival Information Form and return it to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016.
You should plan on taking a taxi that you can access from the airport.
What will be provided in my room and what do I need to provide for myself?
We provide you with a bed, dresser, desk and chair in your room. You must provide your own linens (sheets, comforters, pillows, towels) and toiletries, etc. We will offer shuttles to a local department store during Gateway Orientation and the first week of classes to purchase items needed such as the linens mentioned above, as well as any other personal items you will need.
Where can I ship personal items prior to my arrival at Brandeis?
You can ship your items to the following address:
MB_ _ _ _ Brandeis University
Gateway Scholars Program
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2728 USA
You will receive a bill for the summer session in early June, and payment is due by June 27, 2016.