Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

– 3,729 undergrads
– 10:1 student to faculty ratio
– Research institution
– Many live on campus all 4 years
– Requirements are broad and flexible
– Liberal Arts style curriculum
– Cross over schools: Other smaller liberal arts institutions and also larger schools
– Social Justice and inclusion focus, civic minded
– Founded 1948, founders wanted to be sure that certain demographics weren’t excluded from attending higher Ed
– Attract students with diverse interests
– Not a religiously affiliated university
– Louis Brandeis – 1st appointed Supreme Court justice
– Students involved in research, undergrad and grad students
– Sciences are the most popular majors
– Research happens across all disciplines
– 40% of students study abroad during their junior year, 300 programs around the world
– 280+ student run clubs
– 19 varsity sports
– Voted top school for community engagement
– Div III athletics
– Meet demonstrated financial need for domestic and international students
– Small % receive merit scholarships – 6-8%
– Test optional – Submit writing sample if not submitting test scores
– Early decision and regular decision, no early action
– Common app and proprietary app
– Can interview and it is evaluative and helpful during admissions process
– Consider demonstrated interest as a part of the admissions process
– Apply to the school in general other than for the combined BA/MA program
– Acceptance doesn’t vary greatly from Early Decision vs. Regular Decision
– Rated top 20 LGBTQ communities
– Traditional connection to the Jewish community, less than half are Jewish
– Great food options according to the students
– 3 Chapels on campus for Judaism, Catholicism and Protestant
– Very welcoming community

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