National Universities USA – 2016 – University of Rochester – Rank 34/100
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-2121
Brandeis University is a private institution that was founded in 1948. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,729, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 235 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Brandeis University’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 34. Its tuition and fees are $49,598 (2015-16).
Brandeis University is located in Waltham, Mass., just nine miles west of Boston. Students are guaranteed housing for their first four semesters. In addition to student-run TV and radio stations, Brandeis has religious and performance groups, service organizations, cultural awareness groups, performance groups and more. The Shapiro Campus Center serves as a hub of student activity on campus, housing a theater, bookstore, cafe, library, meeting rooms and a student art gallery. Cholmondeley’s, the campus coffeehouse, is another hotspot for concerts and comedy shows. The Brandeis Judges field more than 15 NCAA Division III teams and are known for their strong men’s soccer team. There is no Greek life on campus.
Brandeis is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences and four graduate schools. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers highly ranked programs in English and history, and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is notable for its programs in social policy, health policy and management, and international development. Nearly 50 percent of students participate in study abroad programs offered in about 70 countries around the world. The Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis provides research and information on contemporary Judaism and the Jewish community. Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman graduated from Brandeis, which was named for the first Jewish Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Louis Dembitz Brandeis.
Brandeis was founded in 1948, at a time when discrimination and quotas still restricted access to higher education. Its impetus was a powerful idea: the only non-sectarian institution founded by the Jewish community, Brandeis would be open to all, embracing the pluralism of American society, and with a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. Powerfully focused on academic rigor and intensity, it almost immediately equaled and exceeded older institutions, prizing intellectual inquiry and relishing discussion and debate. In its thirteenth year, Brandeis earned Phi Beta Kappa recognition, the youngest institution ever to do so. Brandeis offers a distinctive model: the personal attention and flexibility of a liberal arts college with the depth and opportunity of a research institution. Brandeis enrolls 3,500 undergraduate students, drawn from all parts of the nation and the world and from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. A faculty of tremendous scholarly distinction is equally committed to education – every faculty member teaches. A small student-faculty ratio preserves close connections between teachers and students. You will be educated in the classroom, but also in the field, the studio, and the laboratory, both locally and globally, and we integrate these various modes of experiential education and discovery with classroom learning. Brandeis is academically intense: most undergraduates complete two majors or combine a major with one or more minors, and a number pursue one of our 15 combined Bachelor-Master’s degree programs. Students average an amazing three internships before graduation. Brandeis students also sustain a vibrant co-curricular life. From two student newspapers, a radio and television station, 19 varsity sports, and over 200 other clubs and organizations, you will have unrivaled opportunity for campus leadership. Student activities, from our famous Chums coffee house to over 350 performing arts events each year, combine with school-wide traditions to keep campus life busy every evening and weekend. Students also enjoy our location in the Boston area, with a commuter rail stop right on campus and shuttle services offering easy access to America’s greatest college town. Following our commitment to social justice, Brandeis’ largest student group focuses on community service, and students logged over 50,000 hours of service in the past year.