We understand that many communities have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, and we know that students may be facing great uncertainty in the coming weeks and months. Since the coronavirus outbreak emerged in January, the university has been tracking developments and determining how to best support our community. 

Plans for Fall 2020 at Brandeis outlines how the university will be operating this fall and answers many questions about residential life, how classes will be taught, and health and safety measures. 

Below you will find answers to questions related to admissions and enrollment you may have. If you have questions that are not answered below, please email us at admissions@brandeis.edu.

Above all, we hope that all students and families affected by the outbreak remain safe and healthy through these challenging times. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 


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For incoming students

Will Brandeis hold classes this fall?

Brandeis will resume an on-campus residential experience for undergraduate students that includes courses that incorporate face-to-face, blended, and online classes. All incoming first-year undergraduates, and all returning undergraduates who already have housing contracts, will have the opportunity live in on-campus housing for the fall semester. For full details of how Brandeis will operate for the fall semester, including important health and safety measures, visit the Plans for Fall 2020 at Brandeis website. 

Can I defer my admission? 

Students interested in deferring their admission should review our Deferral Policy and complete the Deferral Request Form in their DEISconnect portal by July 8. Exceptions may be made for students who are unable to arrive on campus due to visa processing delays. If this situation applies to you, please email Sara Lodgen at slodgen@brandeis.edu

What if I can't get my visa in time to attend Brandeis?

Brandeis continues to monitor the situation within the U.S. Department of State and the pause to consular services at many U.S. missions around the world. Universities across the U.S. are awaiting more guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) so that we know how to advise our new students, particularly with respect to course delivery methods. Until Brandeis announces its plans for fall courses, and SEVP provides guidance on how we should interpret this guidance for F-1 status maintenance, we advise you not to make immediate plans to leave your home country. If you are currently in the U.S. in F-1 status from another SEVIS-approved school, we will be able to advise you more precisely once SEVP releases its guidance.

If you are not able to travel to campus to begin classes on August 26, you will still be able to start your studies on time. Brandeis will offer a suite of remote courses in the fall semester for first year undergraduate students who are unable to physically come to campus until the spring 2021 semester. These courses will allow you to fulfill some of your Brandeis Core requirements online and then seamlessly continue your studies when you arrive on campus in the spring. These courses have been especially prepared for international students and will be taught by some of our best and most caring professors, including several teaching award winners, all who are eager to introduce you to our academic community. More information about registration for these courses will be sent to international students via email.

If you are currently attending a U.S. school and have F-1 status, you should be able to transfer your visa sponsorship from your current school to Brandeis. If you are currently attending a U.S. school and are in a different immigration status, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office and a member of the staff will help you consider your options.

My school has switched to pass/fail grades. Will you accept this on my transcript?

If your high school, college or university has moved to an alternative grading system (i.e. pass/fail, credit/no credit), our office is fully prepared to accept these changes as made by individual schools. Any information explaining these changes is always welcome, whether on the transcript itself or in a communication from your school counselor.

What should I do if I can’t get my final transcript to you by July 15?

If your school is still closed as July 15 approaches, please contact us at admissions@brandeis.edu. We will work with students on a case-by-case basis. 

Will Brandeis offer credit for online AP exams? 

Brandeis is committed to ensuring that students receive credit for the rigorous coursework they completed this year. Brandeis will accept appropriate AP scores received on the shortened at-home administration of the AP exam offered in Spring 2020 for credit transfer.

For students who had externally administered exams (such as IB or A-level) canceled due to the current world health situation, the University will accept the calculated marks/results that are awarded this year for transfer credit evaluation.

For Transfer Students

Who should I contact if I have questions about my credit evaluation?

Please first review academic advising information for transfer students. If you still have questions about your transfer credit status, please contact Taylor Seidel at tseidel@brandeis.edu.

Will housing be provided on-campus for transfer students?

While we are pleased to welcome our newest Brandeisians, we regretfully will not be able to provide on campus housing for transfer students for Fall 2020 at this time. There are many housing options close to campus and I encourage you to visit the Community Living website to learn more about them. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing, you may do so by submitting the Waitlist Sign-up Form. If you need assistance submitting the form, please contact Community Living at 781-736-5060 or dcl@brandeis.edu. Please be sure to check the box indicating that you are a "Transfer Student for the 2020 Fall Semester." 

Prospective students

Is Brandeis open to visitors? 

The Office of Admissions has canceled all campus visits. We regret that we cannot welcome prospective students and their families to campus. We encourage you to view our virtual tour, and sign up for a virtual information session about Brandeis to learn more.

Our office has extended the hours we are available by phone and email. Prospective students and families can reach us at admissions@brandeis.edu or 781-736-3500, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is Brandeis test optional?
Our longstanding Test-Optional Policy has recently been expanded to include international students. This flexible policy offers an alternative to standardized tests and allows students to choose the option that best demonstrates their academic ability and potential. 

I cannot take the TOEFL or IELTS. How can I submit proof of English proficiency? 

We will accept the Duolingo English Test in place of the TOEFL or IELTS to fulfill the English proficiency requirement. This is a permanent change to our policy that will remain in place for international applicants for future semesters.