38 Facts About Brandeis University


Brandeis University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Middlesex Brandeis University was a medical school located in Waltham, Massachusetts, that was at the time the only medical school in Massachusetts that did not impose a quota on Jews.

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Brandeis University learned of a New York committee headed by Dr Israel Goldstein that was seeking a campus to establish a Jewish-sponsored secular university.

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Brandeis University is best known today as the father of Richard Alpert.

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Brandeis University board felt it was in no position to make the investment in the medical school that would enable it to receive accreditation, and closed it in 1947.

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Sachar promised that Brandeis University would follow Louis Brandeis' principles of academic integrity and service.

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Brandeis University promised that students and faculty would never be chosen based on quotas of "genetic or ethnic or economic distribution" because choices based on quotas "are based on the assumption that there are standard population strains, on the belief that the ideal American must look and act like an eighteenth-century Puritan, that the melting pot of America must mold all who all who live here into such a pattern.

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Brandeis University decided its undergraduate instruction would not be organized with traditional departments or divisions, and instead it would have four schools, namely the School of General Studies, the School of Social Studies, the School of Humanities, and the School of Science.

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Brandeis University Stadium opened in time for a home win against American International College on October 13, 1951.

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Brandeis University' first graduating class of 101 students received degrees on June 16, 1952.

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In 1953, Einstein declined the offer of an honorary degree from Brandeis, writing to Brandeis president Abram L Sachar that "what happened in the stage of preparation of Brandeis University was not at all caused by a misunderstanding and cannot be made good any more.

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Brandeis University inaugurated its graduate program, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in 1954.

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In 1954, Brandeis University began construction on an interfaith center consisting of separate Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish chapels.

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Brandeis University announced that no official chaplains would be named, and attendance at chapel services would not be required.

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In 1956 Brandeis received a one-million-dollar donation from New York industrialist Jack A Goldfarb to build a library.

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Nine-foot bronze statue of Justice Louis D Brandeis is a campus landmark.

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On May 16, 1960, Brandeis University announced it would discontinue its varsity football team.

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Brandeis University said the discontinuation of varsity football would allow it to expand intercollegiate activity in other sports.

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In 1985, Brandeis University was elected to membership in the Association of American Universities, an association that focuses on graduate education and research.

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Brandeis University became an epicenter of radical student activism and anti–Vietnam War protests during the counterculture of the 1960s.

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In 2014, Brandeis University announced it would offer an honorary doctorate to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "a staunch supporter of women's rights", and an outspoken campaigner against female genital mutilation, honor killing and Islamic extremism in general.

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Brandeis University announced that the decision to withdraw the invitation was made after a discussion between Ayaan Ali and President Frederick Lawrence, stating that "She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights.

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Brandeis University's argued that the "spirit of free expression" referred to in the Brandeis statement has been betrayed and stifled.

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Brandeis University International Business School is a professional school dedicated to teaching and research in business, finance, economics and data analytics.

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Brandeis University is a member of the Boston Library Consortium, composed of 18 academic and research institutions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

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Brandeis University Library provides resources and services to support research, scholarship, teaching, and learning on campus.

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The global and experiential dimensions of education at Brandeis University are carried out through international centers and institutes, which sponsor lectures and colloquia and add to the ranks of distinguished scholars on campus.

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Brandeis University is a part of the Boston Library Consortium, which allows its students, faculty, and staff to access and borrow books and other materials from other BLC institutions including Tufts University and Williams College.

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In 1980, Brandeis University established the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, the first academic center devoted to the study of Jewish life in the United States.

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Brandeis University has won NCAA team championships in men's soccer and men's cross country (1983), as well as 24 individual titles.

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Brandeis University teams have earned 17 NCAA Division III Tournament berths and won eight Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association New England crowns in the last decade.

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Brandeis University is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity".

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Brandeis University offers a number of funding resources to support independent undergraduate research projects.

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In 2008, Brandeis University established a Science Posse program, a merit-based scholarship program that admits students based on their academic, leadership and communication skills, and their interests in studying science.

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Brandeis University has 11 a cappella groups, six undergraduate-run theater companies, one sketch comedy troupe, four improv-comedy groups, and many other cultural and arts clubs, as well as student activism groups that advocate for causes including environmentalism, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights, feminism, and anti-racism.

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Brandeis University is home to what has been cited as one of the country's few undergraduate-run law publications.

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In 2015, in an email to student workers of the coffee house, Brandeis University administration announced the immediate closure of Chums Coffeehouse, leaving said student workers unemployed.

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Brandeis University offers an environmental studies academic program, which includes courses such as Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving Sustainability of Brandeis University and Community, which serves as an incubator for student led sustainability projects.

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