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Brandeis University

Brandeis University

Learn, engage, lead

There is no other place like Brandeis. As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries.

Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation.

Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences.

At Brandeis, you will discover a community rooted in purpose, guided by our founding values, poised to lead in education and research in the 21st century.

 

 

Our Story

Brandeis University was founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community at a time when Jews and other ethnic and racial minorities, and women, faced discrimination in higher education.

Brandeis’ visionary founders established a nonsectarian research university that welcomed talented faculty and students of all backgrounds and beliefs. From the outset, Brandeis focused on undergraduate education, while building a pioneering research enterprise.

 

The university was named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941), the first Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the greatest minds to serve on the high court, Justice Brandeis made an indelible mark on modern jurisprudence by shaping free speech, the right to privacy and the rights of ordinary citizens. He exemplified the values of the new university through his dedication to open inquiry and the pursuit of truth, insistence on critical thinking, and his commitment to helping the common man.  More..

 

 

Our Jewish roots

Brandeis was established as a nonsectarian university with a founding principle of being open and welcoming to faculty, students and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs.

 

Brandeis was established as a nonsectarian university with a founding principle of being open and welcoming to faculty, students and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs.

At its core, Brandeis is animated by a set of values that are rooted in Jewish history and experience. The first of these is a reverence for learning. Brandeis reflects the values of the Jewish community by pursuing rigorous academic work of the highest standards. Second is an emphasis on critical thinking, including self-criticism. At Brandeis, students and faculty are encouraged to question openly and accept nothing without study, debate and reflection. Third is the Jewish ideal of making the world a better place through one’s actions and talents  More...

 

Mission and Diversity Statements

Brandeis University is a community of scholars and students united by their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and its transmission from generation to generation.

Brandeis University is a community of scholars and students united by their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and its transmission from generation to generation. As a research university, Brandeis is dedicated to the advancement of the humanities, arts and social, natural and physical sciences. As a liberal arts college, Brandeis affirms the importance of a broad and critical education in enriching the lives of students and preparing them for full participation in a changing society, capable of promoting their own welfare, yet remaining deeply concerned about the welfare of others. More..

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusionat Brandeis

 

Established in 1948 as a model of ethnic and religious pluralism, Brandeis University:

  • Considers social justice central to its mission as a nonsectarian university founded by members of the American Jewish community;
  • Aims to engage members of our community as active citizens in a multicultural world;
  • Seeks to build an academic community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences;
  • Believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence;
  • Recognizes the need to analyze and address the ways in which social, cultural and economic inequalities affect power and privilege in the larger society and at Brandeis itself;
  • Honors freedom of expression and civility of discourse as fundamental educational cornerstones;
  • Seeks to safeguard the safety, dignity and well-being of all its members; and
  • Endeavors to foster a just and inclusive campus culture that embraces the diversity of the larger society.

 

Diversity at Our Graduate Schools

  • Diversity at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
  • Diversity at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Diversity at the International Business School (IBS)
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