Brandeis University is a private, coeducational, and nonsectarian institution of higher learning and research located in Waltham, Massachusetts, a few miles west of Boston. Its 3,200 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students are drawn from 50 states and over 100 countries. Its faculty of 360 includes nationally and internationally recognized teachers, scholars and researchers.
The research interests of the faculty span a wide range of disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts. Brandeis is a member of the Association of American Universities, which represents the leading research institutions in North America.
The University's principal units are the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Brandeis International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. Brandeis's long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary research fosters both a remarkable record of achievement and enables the faculty to leverage the relatively small size of the university to achieve an impact well beyond the sum of its parts.
The University’s mission is embodied in its values of academic excellence, diversity, non-sectarianism, service to the Jewish community, and social justice. The concern with social justice speaks to the core educational commitments of the University and seeks to spark creative thinking about complex social problems, challenging students to articulate their own value commitments in a spirit of constructive debate.