Brandeis University - 9/8/14 & 9/7/16
Waltham is a city but feels more like a town - residential, suburban campus. 9 miles outside downtown Boston. Commuter rail will take 25 minutes
3500 UG- friendly, inclusive place, great sense of community
What sets them apart: liberal arts and research - unusual for a school their size. Great if you have multiple interests, 40% double-major; most students partake in 3 internships a year
No need to apply to a specific college or program; 3 advisors from the moment you arrive: A faculty advisor, academic advisor, and undergraduate peer advisor (junior or senior) Faculty advisor for each department you study in
Distribution requirements (not called core) - not exact but a breadth of courses across disciplines. Many courses cross over three departments so you can check multiple boxes by taking one course
Pre-professional advising (pre-med, nursing school, pre-law, etc.) also available for certain tracks. 99% accept rate into Law Schools, 71% into med schools
Social justice is important on campus - founded with social justice background
3 semesters of foreign language but students can test out with lots of APs.
Largest organization is community service based
40-50% of students study abroad junior year; pre-med students can go during the summer if they don't want to miss the sequence of courses; They have 350 approved study-abroad programs in 65 countries.
Variety of majors/minors makes for an interesting student body. Collaborative environment. 98% courses taught by full-time faculty.
Can do engineering certificate with Olin
No cars on campus until junior year
Free shuttles to Boston; campus one mile from downtown Waltham
They want involved students, contributors, leaders
Short supplemental essay (1 paragraph - 250 words) - can choose between four questions. "Why Brandeis?" is one of the choices and if you pick that, they want to see something unique in your answer and not just that they are near Boston and have a certain enrollment. Show that you've done your research! Or you can choose one of the other three questions on Social Justice/issue or fun, quirky question. Creativity is nice to see if you pick one of the other three supplemental questions.
Financial Aid: majority of resources go to need-based students; 50% are on need-based aid. Average package is $35,000. CSS Profile and FAFSA required
Everyone who applies is considered for merit scholarships - for top applicants - usually top 10% of their graduation class ($10-$15K a year); Need blind; average indebtedness is $20K.