Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to questions about our application process, travel and life on campus.
For program-specific information, please see the FAQ listed under each individual program.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.
When is the application deadline?
Early Admission - December 15, 2015
(10% off tuition, priority for financial aid)
Priority Admission - January 20, 2016
(priority for financial aid and course choice)
Winter Admission - February 24, 2016
Spring Admission - March 30, 2016
After March 30 we accept applications on a rolling basis until courses are filled. We strongly suggest that you apply as early as possible to maximize your chances of receiving financial aid and of getting into your first-choice program.
What is required to apply?
App Design &
What does tuition for Brandeis summer programs include?
Tuition includes all program related expenses (housing on campus, meals, and activities).
Tuition does not include:
- costs of travel to and from Boston, laundry (machines are located in the dormitories), or spending money
- student visas for international students
- medical insurance
Are scholarships and financial aid available?
Yes! In 2014 over 60% of our participants received scholarships or financial aid. For more information, see our financial aid page.
You can also call us on (781) 736-8416.
How do I apply for financial aid?
You must first submit your application to Brandeis Precollege Programs, and then you will have the opportunity to apply for financial aid on the confirmation page.
For domestic applicants we need the financial aid form and the most recent 1040 or equivalent.
For international applicants we need the financial aid form only.
Admissions decisions are made separately and are not affected by financial aid.
How do I get to Brandeis University?
We are located in Waltham, MA. You can get to us via car, airplane or train. Our staff will meet you and provide transportation from Boston Logan International Airport or the Route 128 Amtrak Station nearby.
You are expected to make your own travel arrangements.
When should I plan to arrive?
Please make travel arrangements (arrival and departure) as soon as possible.
If you are arriving by PLANE, please arrange your travel to Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). We will meet you at the terminal baggage claim and provide transportation to Brandeis University. We will also provide transportation back to the airport at the end of the program.
If you are arriving by TRAIN please arrange your travel to the Route 128 train station in Westwood, MA (RTE). We will meet you at the station and provide transportation to Brandeis University. We will also provide transportation back to the station at the end of the program.
Please try to book travel scheduled to arrive to and depart from Boston between 10 AM - 2 PM.
If you are unable to arrange travel during those times, we understand. Brandeis Precollege Programs will pick up ALL teens arriving to Boston Logan Airport and Route 128 (RTE) train station, and will ensure their return at the end of the program.
We ask that participants arriving by car arrive between 12 PM and 2 PM. Signs will be posted on the campus to direct you.
Life on Campus
Where will I live during the program?
Students live on the Brandeis University campus in double- or triple-occupancy rooms in residence halls. Male and female students live in separate buildings or floors in the same quad and are not permitted to enter the other residence halls.
How are roommates determined?
All of our programs at Brandeis provide participants with the opportunity to engage with people from different backgrounds and cultures from all over the world. By coming into contact with others, we learn more about ourselves. One of the places where this happens is in the residence halls, where you will be assigned a roommate.
We embrace diversity at Brandeis. Roommates often come from different places, or have different life experiences and traditions. This gives students the chance to meet people they might not otherwise meet and to broaden their horizons.
Are students grouped together by age in the residence halls?
We try to ensure that roommates are similar ages, but the single-gender floors or halls will comprise a mix of students from all grade levels.
What dining options are available?
Students eat at the Sherman Dining Hall on campus at Brandeis University. Sherman has a wide selection of food, including a salad bar, pizza bar, sandwich bar, and hot food options. Vegetarian options are offered and most food allergies are accommodated.
The dining hall maintains separate Kosher and non-Kosher dining options at every meal but has a common dining area, so that students can eat together and enjoy the opportunity to socialize regardless of their observance.
There is also an Einstein Brothers bagel and coffee shop in the Shapiro Student Center which operates with reduced hours during the summer.
Is there a curfew?
Check-in is at 11 pm, and students are not permitted to leave the residence halls after this time. Lights out is at midnight.
What sort of activities are offered outside of classroom hours?
Students will be able to take advantage of Brandeis University's fantastic facilities, including the athletic center, library, and student center.
There will be plenty of opportunities for socializing, physical activity, and quiet time outside of classroom hours.
We also encourage students to organize their own group activities.
Will there be opportunities to spend time off-campus?
All of our programs include field trips and recreational trips off campus. Destinations include downtown Boston, the Harvard Square shopping area, and Newport, Rhode Island.
Each program offers several opportunities for participants to explore destinations related to the subject. Past field trips have included Google (3D Game Design) and the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse (Mock Trial Boot Camp).
Participants are not permitted to leave campus without permission.
Can parents or relatives come to visit?
We encourage parents and relatives who wish to visit to do so during meal times, as visits during other times interfere with courses, field trips, or community activities.
Parents and relatives who wish to take a participant off-campus may sign them out on Sunday afternoons. Parents must fill out a permission form at least 48 hours in advance to allow us to make arrangements.
What happens in the event of a medical issue?
Our office will work with you to arrange any ongoing medical care that a student may require. All students will have access to the university's Health Center. Each weekday, students who require medical care are accompanied to the Health Center, and parents/guardians will receive a phone call about their concerns and treatment.
We also have quick access to a hospital a few miles from campus if emergency services are required. Participant families are responsible for any hospital and testing fees.