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Brandeis University: Narrative Description


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Waltham, MA 02454-9110
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1948. Setting: 235-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $475 million. Research spending 2003-04: $36.7 million. Total enrollment: 5,072. Faculty: 441 (335 full-time, 106 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 5,831 applied, 40% were admitted. 71% from top 10% of their high school class, 89% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 21 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 3,166 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 34 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 57 other countries, 75% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 0% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; area/ethnic studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Tufts University, Babson College, Bentley College, Boston University, Wellesley College, Boston College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 1/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/15, 2/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $39,728 includes full-time tuition ($30,160), mandatory fees ($912), and college room and board ($8656). College room only: $4862. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3770 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 184 open to all. Most popular organizations: Waltham Group, Student Programming Board, performing groups, student government. Major annual events: Louis, Louis Weekend, Bronstein Weekend, Community Service Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 2,456 students; 2,536 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Goldfarb Library plus 2 others with 938,835 books, 914,322 microform titles, 15,835 serials, 35,287 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11.5 million. 104 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Waltham is a city of 58,000, ten miles west of Boston on the Charles River. It is a traditional manufacturing community that now hosts extensive high-tech industries. The City is served by commuter railroad and excellent bus lines for easy access to Boston and Cambridge. The locale has two colleges, four hospitals, a wide range of religious institutions, public library, Federal Archives and Records Center, parks, and a variety of ethnic restaurants. Good job and community service opportunities for students are available.

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