A community that bridges the challenges of time and place

Brandeis Precollege students smiling and laughing during a previous summer session

February 23, 2021 | Waltham, MA

“Thank you to all who filled out the Brandeis Precollege Programs Survey we conducted in December. The survey showed a variety of responses from people partaking in Precollege from years ranging from to 2000 to 2020. I think this goes to show how powerful the programs are.” - Brandeis undergrad and Precollege Programs’ Alumni Coordinator, Alison Cantor, who oversaw the creation and distribution of this first-time poll.

Survey Results

For the first time, Brandeis Precollege Programs surveyed its alumni, learning how they heard about Brandeis Precollege and what they thought of the efforts.

The majority of participants that participated in the survey came from Genesis -- a program that began with a generous grant from the Steven Spielberg Righteous Persons Foundation in 1999. Other responses included alumni from the programs like App Design, Global Health and more offered in 2020 as well as programs that are no longer offered.

The majority of participants heard about Precollege through family or friends. A similar amount of people heard about the program through a Precollege email or a school/religious institution. When participants were asked about their favorite part(s) of Precollege, the majority of participants said their favorite part was the friendships they made. A close second favorite was the community building activities.

A random drawing of respondents awarded two gift certificates -- congratulations, Nora and Zachery!

With more than 1500 Precollege alums, Precollege has built a community that bridges the challenges of time and place. More than the substances of the courses, the Brandeis Precollege Survey demonstrated that the connection between caring humans is paramount.

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”