Students entering with 56 course credits are considered Juniors, 24 credits are Sophomores and less than 24 credits are given First Year status. The maximum number of credits that will be accepted for transfer is 64.
Yes, you will need to "claim" your AP, IB or A-Level exams for credit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be sure that Brandeis has received your official scores and tell them which qualifying exams you wish to transfer. A complete list of what exams and scores Brandeis accepts can be found on the Registrar's Office website.
No. Students can place out of the foreign language requirement if they have earned a 4 or 5 on an appropriate AP test, by a score of 620 or more on the appropriate SAT II test, or by a satisfactory score on a foreign language placement test administered on campus in the fall. If you completed a 3rd semester-level (or higher) foreign language class at your previous college, speak with the Transfer Specialist in the Registrar's Office for information about whether this will satisfy the Brandeis foreign language requirement.
You should make an appointment to meet with the Undergraduate Advising Head of your major department. Bring syllabi from the classes to the meeting.
Yes, the Transfer Specialist in the Registrar's Office will be very happy to re-evaluate your transcripts. Send an email explaining your specific concerns and ask to set up a meeting. It is extremely helpful if you bring course descriptions and syllabi for the courses in question when you meet with her.
No. You will need to be in contact with the Undergraduate Advising Head for the department you wish to declare your major with in order to declare.
That depends. Transfer students are required to spend a minimum of four fall/spring semesters and take a minimum of 16 classes on the Brandeis campus. If you have transferred in with junior status and plan to graduate in two years you would not be able to study abroad. If you plan to spend more than four semesters completing your Brandeis degree then it is possible to study abroad for graduation credit. Meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office for more information about study abroad programs. Remember, summer classes do not contribute to the four semester, 16 class requirement.
The term “academic residency” refers to full time study on the Brandeis campus. All Brandeis students must complete 32 courses (128 credits) in order to earn a degree. Transfer students must complete at least 16 of these courses (64 credits) in a minimum of 4 fall or spring semesters of residency (not summer school). Study Abroad semesters cannot count toward this 64-credit/4-semester residency requirement.
The additional course credits necessary for graduation can be earned a variety of ways. They can be:
No. Credit for any courses which are taken at other schools after the date you matriculated at Brandeis cannot be counted toward the 128 credits required for graduation. Please note that approved courses from other colleges, taken after entering Brandeis, can be used for the purpose of fulfilling general university or major requirements.
As long as the course was taken before you began classes at Brandeis, you may submit an official transcript for transfer credit evaluation at any time. Either have the school send an official transcript directly to the Registrar’s office or you may bring in an official transcript yourself, as long as it is in its original, sealed envelope. Official transcripts which have been opened can not be accepted.
No, you may live in either on-campus housing or off campus, as long as you are taking classes on the Brandeis campus.
As long as you complete four fall or spring semesters of study on the Brandeis campus you may participate in an approved Study Abroad program.
If you have questions about your transfer credit status, please contact the Transfer Specialist in the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com.