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The Brandeis Story

Brandeis University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning named in honor of the distinguished U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Founded in 1948 by members of the American Jewish community, the university today combines the breadth and scope of a world-class research university and the intimacy and accessibility of a small liberal arts college.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, Brandeis is widely recognized for the excellence of its teaching, the quality and diversity of its student body and the outstanding research of its faculty. In 1985 Brandeis was nominated and elected to membership in the Association of American Universities, which represents the 61 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

Students who succeed at Brandeis are self motivated, curious and open to exploring new experiences that might test them. They take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices, embrace the pursuit of higher knowledge, believe in the value of multidisciplinary studies and collaborative learning and share an abiding commitment to social justice. Undergraduates can choose from among 43 majors and 45 minors; many students opt to pursue multiple majors or minors. 

The Brandeis community, representing more than 100 nations, consists of 3,400 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, more than 350 full-time faculty and more than 1,000 administrators and staff members. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, which confers undergraduate as well as graduate degrees, the university is also home to The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Brandeis International Business School and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In addition, Brandeis has more than 30 research institutes and centers that contribute to the academic life of the campus. 

Brandeis also has a rich athletic tradition. The university fields intercollegiate teams in 9 men’s and 10 women’s sports. Brandeis is one of eight Division III schools that compete in the University Athletic Association. 

Brandeis is located in Waltham, Mass., just 9 miles west of Boston. The 235-acre campus is notable for its contemporary architecture, which is evident in nearly all of its more than 100 academic and residential buildings.