Information Session with Jorge Delgado

Slide on screen: photo of Brandeis chapel with text that says “Brandeis University” and has 5 bubbles of text on the page. One bubble reads “Welcome,” another reads “Academics,” one reads “Life as a Brandeisian,” one reads “Applying,” and the last one reads “Thanks for joining us.” This will be referred to as the original slide.

Photo of Jorge Delgado, giving the talk, speaking in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge Delgado:

"Hello and welcome to our virtual information session. My name is Jorge Delgado and I'm an associate director of admissions here at Brandeis University. I'm very excited to be with you today to talk about the amazing opportunities that we have for our students. Brandeis is a medium-sized research university of about 3,600 students, located just outside the great city of Boston. Our students come to campus from across the United States and around the world to form a global community of scholars ready to engage the world."

Slide on screen: slide is the original slide, but quickly moves to a photo with trees in the background, and in the foreground, a circle that has a picture of seven students laughing and smiling, with text that says “WHAT WE VALUE.” There are 3 bubbles of text to the right of the picture. One bubble reads, “Reverence for Learning” another reads “Critical Thinking,” one reads “Commitment to Restoring the World.”

Jorge:

"When we start talking about Brandeis to prospective students and families, we like to focus on three foundational values that we believe really set the tone for life both in and out of the classroom."

Slide on screen: photo of a group of students with text that says “What We Value” and has 3 bubbles of text on the page. One bubble reads “Reverence for Learning” another reads “Critical Thinking,” one reads “Commitment to Restoring the World.”

Jorge:

"The first of these is this idea of reverence for learning."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop

Jorge:

"Brandeis is an academic place where students are passionate about learning, learning from the great faculty members that they'll have access to, but also learning from one another."

Slide on screen: photo of a professor giving a lecture with text that says “Critical Thinking.”

Jorge:

"At the same time, our students are really devoted to this idea of critical thinking."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop

Jorge:

"Developing analytical skills, which will be the foundation for the success they'll have in the future."

Slide on screen: photo of two female students talking with text that says “Commitment to Repairing the World.”

Jorge:

"And lastly, our students here are committed really to giving back and this idea of repairing the world,"

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop

Jorge:

"using the talents that we have in ways large and small to give back to communities that need it."

Slide on screen: photo of a trees and a window in the background and a circle in the foreground with a picture of a Brandeis academic building. On the left side of the slide is a rectangle with the words “REVERENCE FOR LEARNING,” and to the right of the circle are three bubbles with text. The first bubble reads, “Disciplines of Study,” the second reads “Faculty Support,” and the third reads, “Outside the Classroom.” The slide quickly changes to a different one that has a photo of the pond and surrounding buildings on the Brandeis campus with text that says “The Brandeis Core, “54% of Students Double Major,” and “43 Majors and 47 Minors.”

Jorge:

"When it comes to the disciplines of study, here at Brandeis we have a variety of options. Students can choose from almost 50 different programs to major and minor in. Historically the more popular ones have been things like biology, psychology and economics."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge:

"Whether you're a student that knows exactly what you want to do on day one or you're somebody that has absolutely no idea, you can come to Brandeis and in exploring our curriculum, find those areas that you really want to focus on.

The university has a long-standing tradition to the liberal arts and this idea of academic flexibility is inherent to the Brandeis academic experience."

Slide on screen: split screen photo; one is of a professor speaking to five students, the second picture is to the right of that and is of a female professor sitting at a table teaching a class with a student on either side of her (the one in the foreground just shows part of an arm) with text that says “Faculty Support,”and “10:1 student to faculty ratio” and “26 average class size.”

Jorge:

"When it comes to faculty, our students here at Brandeis have access to some amazing professors. On one side, they are at the forefront of their fields, but at the same time they are very willing to act as mentors to students both in and out of the classroom."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge:

"You can go into their office hours and discuss that problem set that you're trying to finish or that essay that you're working on and at the same time ask them questions about an internship you might want to apply for or that future career you want to get involved with. Professor Doug Smith is a fantastic example of this where after teaching a class on immigration and human rights, had two students approach him with a kind of a crazy idea.

Could they create a nonprofit organization that would help local area residents who are in Waltham with their immigration proceedings? After a lot of hard work, a lot of late nights TRII was born, which is the Right to Immigration Initiative and to this day it is a very successful nonprofit organization that benefits many of the folks here in the area. This is a fantastic example of how our faculty members are working together with our students to create new and innovative solutions to the problems that face this world."

Slide on screen: split screen photo; one is of two students in a museum setting, one male, one female, and the female is looking through a virtual reality oculus, the second picture is to the right of that and is of a female holding an umbrella in the plaza in front of the Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy.

Jorge:

"When it comes to life outside of the classroom, our students are able to take advantage of a fantastic culture of experiential learning throughout their time here."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge:

"Brandeis students are able to take a really deep dive working with faculty members and alongside other students to understand different ideas, equations, and theories, but at the same time we challenge our students to take that knowledge that they're getting in the classroom and find relevant and exciting ways of applying that out in the real world.

One way our students do this is through study abroad. Brandeis students are able to take advantage of over 300 different abroad programs in 60 plus different countries all around the world and this is a great way of taking that knowledge that you're getting in the classroom and putting it into action. Another way that our students are able to do this is through the research community here. And Brandeis is particularly suited to give students research opportunities really across our curriculum. We are one of the top research universities in the United States and we're able to provide an innovative and energetic research environment where students are working very closely with faculty members. Students have access to over 30 different research institutes here on campus, and the average number of students published alongside faculty members and peer review journals is 25 per year. So all of this happens in a dynamic and really exciting research environment that really empowers our students to get out and really ask the tough questions, see what works and see what doesn't."

And that for us is the true meaning of research. At the same time, our students are also able to engage in different kinds of internships during their time here. Brandeis students graduate on average with three different internship opportunities in a variety of fields. Our proximity to the great cities of Waltham and Boston allow our students to really leverage the alumni connections that we have, as well as the faculty connections to find internships that are meaningful."

Slide on screen: Returns to the original slide, but then quickly goes to a slide with a photo of the Brandeis pond in the background with an overlaying circle in the center of the slide with a picture in the top half of the circle of seven (some cut off slightly) students smiling and laughing, and six female jubilant soccer players walking towards their coach who arms are outstretched as if about to hug them. The text reads “Life as a Brandeisian,” and then to the right of the circle are three bubbles. One bubble reads “Scholar-Athletes, Clubs, & Organizations,” another reads “A Tale of Two Cities,” one reads “Beyond Brandeis.”

Jorge:

"When it comes to life outside of the academic arena, Brandeis students are equally as energetic and engaged."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge:

"The majority of our students live in this residential community where not only are they living here or working here and studying here, but this allows them to get involved in the campus community and really care about what happens in student life."

Slide on screen: Photo is split in half. On the top half is a photo of many students cheering, many dressed in Brandeis gear; and on the bottom half in the left side are two students performing on musical instruments (a female on a violin, and a male on a keyboard), and on the right side four students (two male, two female) in front of a table of plants and pots. The caption strip at the bottom of the picture reads” Scholar-Athletes, Clubs & Organizations.”

Jorge:

"Here at Brandeis, we have over 200 different clubs and organizations for students to choose from."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge:

"So whether you're interested in service and advocacy, whether you're interested in athletics or the arts, other different kinds of affinity groups, we will have a variety of things for you to choose from as a student here. One of the things we are most proud of is our mantra of inclusivity. And what does this mean? So we open up all of our student clubs and organizations to any student that wants to join, no matter their experience or background. We do this to encourage students to really explore outside their general area of interest and try something that they've never tried before. Our debate team is a fantastic example of this. Because whether you're an award winning debater who's done it all of high school or your only experience with debate is riding to school with your parents or your siblings, you will find a place on our team.

The best part is the name. The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society or BADASS. Do you want to be a badass? You've got to come to Brandeis. Other ways our students get involved, athletics, we are a proud division three NCAA institution where we recruit student athletes from across the US and around the world for our over 20 varsity teams. Our students are really excited to get involved in the rich campus life that Brandeis provides and so whether you know exactly what you want to do when you get to campus or have no idea, you can come with us and try it out."

Slide on screen: Photo of three female and one male student facing a female who has a laptop open, and all are in discussion. In large writing to the right of the picture on the bottom half, the text reads “Beyond Brandeis,” and to the left of that, on the bottom 1/3rd of the picture is text that reads “6 Month Post-Graduation” and under that “98% Placement Rate.”

Jorge:

"When it comes to life after Brandeis and career preparation, we take the view that we should not only be engaging our students toward the end of their time here with us."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop.

Jorge:

"We are talking to students from the very first year they're on campus with big picture questions.

What's a problem they would like to solve in this world? What's an area of impact they would like to have? In that way we're giving them the tools necessary for them to really chart the course for their own futures. The Hiatt career center does a great job of linking our students to our very successful alumni network, but at the same time giving them opportunities right here on campus to engage with recruiters and in career affairs to explore the kinds of different job and career opportunities that they would like to have. At the same time, it's not just about the little things. We are really working with our students for them to be prepared not only for that first career or that first job after Brandeis, but to have a 40 plus year career after their time with us. On average students today who are graduating from college will have four to five totally different careers in their lifetimes and statistically at least one of these does not exist.

So the whole point of education, the whole point of investing in yourself all the time, all the money, all the effort is not just to get one job or just to find one career, but to leave yourself as flexible as possible for any number of futures that could exist. Here at Brandeis, we believe by taking advantage of our program with a strong liberal arts foundation as well as its hands-on education, you will be able to define what success is for yourself and get the tools you need to go out there and find it."

Slide on screen: original screen from the start of the presentation, and then immediately changing to a slide that reads “Applying.” The photo is of trees in the background with an overlaying circle in the center of the slide, This circle pictures seven students walking on campus, talking and smiling. To the right of this circle are three bubbles with text. One bubble reads, “Holistic Review,” one reads “Test-Optional,” and one reads “Scholarships & Financial Aid.”

Jorge:

"When it comes to applying to Brandeis, we are very proud of the process that we have here in the office of admissions. We practice what we call holistic review."

Slide on screen: photo of a male and female, smiling at each other, though only the left side of the female can be seen. There is text in the bottom 1/3rd of the circle that reads “Holistic Review,” and above that in a smaller box are the application deadline dates. It reads, Early Decision 1 – November 1 on the first line. Early Decision II – January 1 on the second line, and Regular Decision – January 1 on the third line.

Jorge:

"Now what does that mean? It basically means we read all the things.

All the components of the application that you submit as an applicant, we're going to read and process in an effort to better get to know you. To understand who you are, where you're from, what kind of a fit you would be to our particular community. The core of the evaluation will always center on this idea of understanding your academic profile and what kind of academic success you'd have in our particular community.

We're going to be looking at your curriculum, the kinds of courses that you've taken over your high school career. We're going to be looking at your performance, which is your grades over the four-year high school period."

Slide on screen: The photo is of trees in the background with an overlaying circle in the center of the slide. This circle pictures three students sitting on a wall or bench, talking to each other. In the center of the picture is a rectangle with text that reads, “Test-Optional.” Below that, in a different rectangle is text that reads on the first line, “Mid 50%,” on the 2nd line, “SAT = 1380-1500,” and on the bottom line, “ACT = 31-34.”

Jorge:

"We'll also be looking at your testing, whether you submit an SAT and ACT or take advantage of one of our test optional policies."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop

Jorge:

"We're going to take these three parts to really understand what kind of academic potential you would have in our particular community. In addition to that, we get to know you as a person through your writing, your essay, through the way that other people speak about you, your teacher recommendations, your council recommendations, and how you spend your time outside of the classroom.

All those extracurricular activities that you're involved with. We take all of those parts and put them together to really understand who you are and what kind of a fit you would be to our particular community."

Slide on screen: The photo is of trees in the background with an overlaying circle in the center of the slide. This circle pictures tulips and flowering shrubs, with the Science building in the background. At the top of the circle is the text “Scholarships and Financial Aid.”

Jorge:

"When it comes to financial aid and scholarships, there are a few different options here at Brandeis."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop

Jorge:

"Merit scholarships are run out of the office of admissions and students that apply to Brandeis are automatically considered for merit aid. If you qualify, you'll be notified upon admission.

When it comes to need-based financial aid, we're going to ask that you submit both the FAFSA, which is that federal form through the department of education as well as the CSS profile through the college board in order for you to apply for need-based financial aid. If you have any questions regarding need-based aid, we have a full staff in the student financial services office who are ready and willing to speak with prospective students about financing a Brandeis education."

Slide on screen: The photo is the original slide, but then quickly moves to a slide that has the pond in the background with an overlaying circle in the center of the slide. This circle pictures our mascot waving, and to the left of the circle is the text “GO JUDGES!”

Jorge:

"Thank you so much for attending our virtual information session."

Slide remains in upper left-hand corner, but the camera pans out to Jorge Delgado who is giving the talk and who stands in front of a Brandeis backdrop

Jorge:

"If you want to learn even more about Brandeis, please visit our website and consider visiting us right here on campus."