Brandeis University is located nine miles west of Boston, in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is one of the newest private research universities in Massachusetts, as well as the only nonsectarian, Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country. The university was founded in 1948 and named for the late Louis Dembitz Brandeis, the distinguished associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
This co-educational institution for higher education and research provides undergraduate and graduate courses. The undergraduate curriculum features 41 fields of concentration, 22 minors and 19 interdisciplinary programs. As a research institution, Brandeis specializes in humanities, arts, and the social, natural, and physical sciences.
As an institution for higher education, the university boasts six principal academic components. These include the Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Lown School of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, the Norman S. and Eleanor E. Rabb School of Summer and Continuing Studies, and the International Business School. Brandeis in the Berkshires and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) provide non-credit academic programs for adult learners.
The advanced libraries, as with most modern facilities, hold a valuable collection of more than 1 million print volumes, 880,000 microforms, 385,000 U.S. documents, and more than 16,000 current serial and journal subscriptions.