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requirements, except rate-of-work requirements, that apply to full-time students. The
work on the baccalaureate must be completed within eight calendar years of admission
to part-time degree candidacy. Credit will be given for course work done elsewhere if it
meets University transfer credit criteria.


Special Student Status

The University accepts as Special Students for the fall and spring semesters a small
number of persons who are not candidates for a degree at Brandeis and who wish to
elect one or more courses for which they are qualified and can demonstrate special
need. Special Student status is subject to approval on a semester basis. Neither resi-
dence nor financial aid is available to Special Students, and no Special Student may
take precedence over a degree candidate in any limited enrollment course.

Persons interested in Special Student status should apply by August 1 for the fall
semester and by January 1 for the spring semester.

Credit for College-Level Work Taken Elsewhere

Advanced Placement
Brandeis University participates in the Advanced Placement Program of 'the College
Entrance Examination Board. Qualifying scores necessary to receive credit are recom-
mended by the academic departments to their school councils and administered by
the Office of the Dean of the College.

Generally, especially in the sciences, advanced placement credit may not be applied
toward satisfaction of a field of concentration. However, it may permit students to
begin work in a field at a higher level. Advanced placement credit may be applied
toward satisfaction of university degree requirements as described below:



Semester Course



Requirement Met


American History



Social Science


Art Literature

3, 4,


Vi Creative Arts















Vi Humanities


European History



Social Science




Foreign Literature




Foreign Literature



4, 5

Foreign Literature


Math AB

4, 5



Math BC





Music Literature



Vi Creative Arts


Physics B





Physics C-Mechanics



Yi Science


Physics C-Electricity



Vi Science




Foreign Literature


Students desiring to have their Advanced Placement Examination Record considered
must request the College Examination Board to forward a report to the Coordinator of
Advanced Placement, Office of the Dean of the College, Brandeis University,
Waltham, Massachusetts 02154. Requests for additional information on the Advanced
Placement Program should be addressed similarly.


Credit for College-Level Work Done in High School
Students may petition through the Office of the Registrar for credit toward the
Brandeis degree for college-level work taken before entering Brandeis as freshmen.
Such work must be taken during the equivalent of the senior year in high school and/or
summers succeeding the junior year; taught by university faculty and contained in the
official college bulletin; satisfy the conditions outlined in Brandeis policies for transfer
credit and/or summer school, as appropriate, in terms of achievement level and course
content; and be certified through an official college transcript received by Brandeis.

Transfer Credit Policies
Each incoming transfer student is furnished by the Registrar with an evaluation based
upon existing faculty poHcies. The evaluation will indicate the number of course credits
granted and the number of degree requirements which have been met. No more than
16 course credits may be granted because residence requirements specify that a mini-
mum of 16 courses in four semesters must be successfully completed at Brandeis.

Courses must have been taken at accredited, degree-granting institutions from which
an official transcript has been received. The courses must be generally equivalent to
courses offered at Brandeis, and the grade received must be equivalent to at least a
"C-," though credit is usually awarded for a "pass" grade in a system allowing non-
letter grades. Occasionally, credit may be awarded conditionally, pending successful
completion of a year at Brandeis.

Credit is granted on an equivalent semester basis with four course credits being awarded
for completion of a normal semester's work at the other institution. Normally one
quarter course receives no credit, two quarter courses are granted one course credit,
and three quarter courses are awarded two course credits. Two quarter courses taken
within what are departments of the same school at Brandeis will equal one semester
course and will satisfy one-half the distribution requirement in that school.

Students who do not initially receive credit for a particular course taken at another
institution may petition the Registrar for reconsideration. Such a petition requires
the signature of the appropriate Brandeis faculty member, and must indicate the
Brandeis course to which it is considered equivalent. In an unusual situation, the
petition may be referred to the Committee on Academic Standing for final resolution.

Application and Admissions Procedures

For the most current information regarding admissions procedures and deadline
dates, prospective candidates should consult the instructions accompanying the
The address for the forwarding of all inquiries, materials and test results is:

Office of Admissions

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts 02254

Telephone: 617-647-2878


Fees and Expenses

Financial Regulations

Semester bills will be mailed in July and November and must be paid prior to August 1 ,
1979 and January 2, 1980, respectively. Payments received after the due dates will be
subject to a penalty charge of $25.

Any student who has not cleared his or her financial obligations may be denied the
privileges of attending classes and using University facilities, and every student must
satisfy his or her financial obligations in full to the University in order to be considered
eligible for graduation. Reports of grades or transcripts of records will be issued to
students only after all financial obligations to the University have been discharged.
Failure to discharge financial obligations includes, but is not limited to, delinquency
of a borrower in repaying a loan administered by the Student Loan Office, and the
inability of that office to collect such a loan because the borrower has discharged the
indebtedness through bankruptcy proceedings.

Application and Matriculation Fees

Each application for freshman or transfer admission must be accompanied by a fee of
$25. All appHcation fees are non-refundable and cannot be credited toward other fees.
A Matriculation Fee of $150 must be filed by each candidate upon notification of
acceptance. This fee reserves a place in the class and is credited toward the first semes-
ter tuition bill. If the student fails to enroll or withdraws his or her application, the
Matriculation Fee is not refunded.


The tuition fee for 1979-80 is $5,075 and the fee for each semester course required for
degree credit is $635. Those students who are awarded financial assistance by the
University and who need to take extra courses may request the Director of Financial Aid
to authorize appropriate increases in their awards.

Library privileges and use of athletic facilities for the academic year are included
in the full tuition fee.

Students who return to the University after withdrawing will pay the prevaihng
tuition and other fees. In view of the constantly increasing costs of education, students
may expect tuition increases during their academic careers.

Room and Board Fee

The total charges for a dormitory room and a 21 -meal per week board contract for the
1979-80 academic year are $2,180. Other meal contract options are available at annual
rates ranging up to $115 less than the basic 21 -meal per week rate of $1,250.

For upperclass students, living accommodations in either of the two apartment com-
plexes are also available at annual rates ranging up to $375 more than the dormitory
room rate of $930. In one of the apartment complexes, occupants are, additionally,
directly responsible for pro rata portions of the monthly utility bills.


Each entering freshman must mail a deposit of $100 to the University with his or her
completed residence license and meal contract. Returning upperclass students must
make their advance aeposits of $100 during the spring room drawing.

Students residing in dormitory rooms must sign room licenses and board contracts
binding for the full academic year. Students residing in either of the apartment com-
plexes must sign room licenses binding for the full academic year; board contracts are
available to but not required of these students.

Non-fesident students may eat in the University dining halls on a cash basis.

Transcript Fee

Students are entitled to one formal transcript of their academic work without charge.
A charge of $2 will be made for each subsequent transcript. The student will pay the
transcript fee in advance at the Registrar's Office (Usdan Student Center). Transcripts
will be issued only to those students whose financial records with the University are clear.

Other Fees

Other fees to which a student will or may become subject include:

1. Orientation fee, $15;

2. Media and Government fee, $24;

3. Student health fee, $100;

4. Health insurance premium (single coverage), $140;

5. Late registration fee, $10;

6. Change of course fee, $5;

7. Late fiHng of course enrollment card(s) $10;

8. Makeup examination fee, $5;

9. Laboratory fee, $5 -$50;

10. Studio fee, $5-$50;

11. Study abroad administration fee, $100 per semester;

12. Medical school application processing fee, $50;

13. Diploma fee, $10; and

14. Eight payment plan fee, $25.


A student who leaves the University without the approval of the Committee on Aca-
demic Standing, or who is suspended or dismissed from the University, is not entitled
to any refund.

When the Committee on Academic Standing grants a leave of absence or allows a
student to withdraw during a semester, that student shall receive a refund of charges
in accordance with the following:
1 . Tuition:

Withdrawal: Before the opening day of instruction: 100% of semestet tuition.

On or before the second Friday following the opening day of in-
struction: 75% of semester tuition.

On or before the fifth Friday following the opening day of instruc-
tion: 50°7o of semester tuition.

After the fifth Friday following the opening day of instruction: no


2. Scholarships: In case of a scholarship student who withdraws, the student's
account will be credited with the same proportion of the semester scholarship as
charged for tuition: 25% if the student leaves on or before the second Friday; 50% on
or before the fifth Friday; and, 100% thereafter. The balance of the scholarship will
be cancelled.

3. Room and Board Charges: Refund of room and board contract charges are
determined in accordance with the terms outlined in the contract.

The date of withdrawal or leave will be considered to be the date approved by the
Committee on Academic Standing.

All requests for refunds must be in writing and are subject to review and final ap-
proval by the controller.

Financial Aid

Brandeis maintains an active financial aid program consisting of scholarships, loans
and jobs. The staff of the Office of Financial Aid is available to assist parents and
students in planning to finance four years of undergraduate education.

Financial aid is awarded after a careful analysis of the family's ability to support the
student's costs of education. Included in the analysis is the ability of the family to con-
tribute from current income and assets, the student's ability to earn through summer
and term-time employment and the ability of the student to assume long-term, low-
interest loans. The difference between a family's ability to support the student and the
actual costs of education is determined to be the student's financial need. The Office of
Financial Aid will attempt to meet the established need through a financial aid "pack-
age" consisting of scholarship, loan, and job assistance.


An average student expense budget for 1979-80 is as follows:

Resident Commuter

Tuition and required fees $5,075 $5,075

Dormitory room 930

Board (21 meals) 1,250

Housing and travel allowance 1,325

Books and supplies 200 200

Miscellaneous 525 525

Health fee 100 100

Total $8,080 $7,225

Financial Aid Policy

1 . All students receiving grant aid will be expected to assume loan and work obliga-
tions. The loan and employment combination of the financial aid package takes into
consideration the year in college, family income, family obligations and future earning
potential. Loans may be reduced by the students' contributions from increased


2. Financial Aid applicants are reauired to apply for the federal Basic Educational
Opportunity Grant Program and for state scholarship programs where available. If an
eligible student does not make an application to the Basic Educational Opportunity
Grant Program, the full amount of aid for which he or she was eligible will auto-
matically be deducted from grant aid given by Brandeis.

3. Students are required to report all scholarships and grant aid received from sources
other than the University. All state and federal government grant aid will be deducted
dollar for dollar from the Brandeis grant. All non-University, non-government
scholarship and grant aid will result in a reduction of the Brandeis grant in one of the
following ways: a) the recipient may elect a one-time reduction at the time of receipt
of the outside award; or, b) the recipient may elect to have the Brandeis grant reduced
on a pro-rata basis over the number of years remaining in school. University loans will
not be reduced as a result of such aid. This policy will enable the University to assist
other needy students for whom grant aid was previously unavailable.

4. All students must reapply for financial aid each year. Applications are distributed
by the Office of Financial Aid in early December. The deadline for applying for
financial aid is March 1 .

5. The amount of aid received is adjusted yearly. During review, adjustments are
made for changes in income from the previous year. Families are asked to file the
previous year's Federal Income Tax statement in support of the application.

6. Although the University will endeavor to maintain financial aid for those students
awarded aid prior to matriculation, the University in no way obligates itself to such a
policy, nor will it under any circumstances feel obliged to continue such aid to a student
who does not make acceptable progress toward the degree, or to a student who requires
more than 32 semester courses at Brandeis to complete degree requirements.

7. If a student on financial aid wishes to accelerate the academic program by taking
extra courses, the student may apply for financial aid to cover the billed cost of these


1. National Direct Student Loans — Interest is not charged and repayments are not
expected (1) while the recipient is carrying at least a half-time program in college or
graduate school, (2) while he or she is in the mihtary. Peace Corps, or Vista (for up to
three years), and (3) for nine consecutive months thereafter. Interest then is at the rate
of 3 per cent per year, and repayment may be made over a ten-year period (with a $90
minimum quarterly payment). Cancellation of a portion of the aggregate loan is
available for service as a teacher of the handicapped or in a low-income school district
or for service in the U.S. armed forces.

2. Federally Insured Student Loan Program — This program enables all undergraduate
students to borrow up to $2,5(X) a year, not to exceed $7,500 in undergraduate studies.
The interest rate on these loans is 7 per cent. All students attending a post-secondary
institution at least half time are eligible for Federal Interest Benefits, regardless of
family income. Nine months after leaving school the borrower begins a ten-year
repayment period during which time the 7 per cent interest is charged. Deferments may
be available under the following conditions:

1) Anytime you return to full-time study at an eligible institution.

2) While you serve in the military. Peace Corps or in the ACTION or VISTA


student Employment

The student employment section of the Office of Financial Aid seeks to provide job
placements to students seeking work on campus and in the Waltham area. This service is
available to all students, regardless of v^'hether or not they are receiving financial aid.
However, students who receive job allotments as part of their financial aid package will
have priority for jobs.

Potential job earnings are not deducted from billed charges from the University at the
beginning of each term.

Financial Aid to Transfer Students

A limited amount of financial aid is available for students entering Brandeis as transfer
students from other institutions of higher education. Applicants who could not afford
to attend Brandeis without financial assistance should submit the Application for
Financial Aid to Transfer Students that is enclosed with the admission application. The
application for financial aid is due at the same time as the application for admission.
Since funds for transfer students are limited, transfer applicants should thoroughly
explore alternate plans for financing their education at Brandeis.


Academic Regulations

Rate of Work (Full-Time Degree Candidates)

The normal rate of work is four courses each semester, exclusive of laboratory courses
given in conjunction with a lecture course. A student may take five courses in any
semester without paying additional tuition and without obtaining special permission.
However, in the case of a student taking a fifth course to compensate for a failed
course, for insufficient course credit upon matriculation as a transfer student, or in
order to accelerate the date of expected graduation, additional tuition charges are

While freshmen must carry a minimum of four courses, students with sophomore
class standing or higher, with the permission of their faculty advisor, may enroll for
only three courses per term; this option may not be used in consecutive terms. Upper-
classmen working at the three course rate under the flexible rate of work option may
not enroll in any of them on a pass-fail basis. Permission to carry fewer courses than
outlined above may be granted only by the Committee on Academic Standing and
only on grounds of illness or personal handicap. Such permission entitles a student to
enroll in a fifth course without fee in some subsequent term. Permission to work and
pay at the six course rate may be granted by the Committee in exceptional circum-

Changes in Courses

Registration and course enrollment occurs at the beginning of each semester. During
the first two weeks of each term, students select their courses in consultation with their
faculty advisers. Final course enrollment materials are filed at the end of that period.

Requests for program changes after the second week must be submitted to the Com-
mittee on Academic Standing. Such requests, however, are granted only in exceptional
circumstances and require written approval of the instructor and the faculty adviser.

An exception to the above procedure is made for students who wish to withdraw
from a course within the constraints of rate of work provisions and without academic
penalty. In such cases, an appropriate program change form must be submitted,
together with a service fee of $5.00 at the Office of the Registrar by the 40th day of
instruction in the semester.


There is no formal audit status for undergraduate students. Students wishing to audit a
course informally must secure the permission of the instructor.

Class Standing

The minimum number of courses required for advancement to each class is as follows:
sophomore, 6; junior, 14; senior, 22. The minimum number of semester courses
required for graduation is 32. A semester course is the equivalent of 4 semester-hour



Any student in good standing has unlimited cuts, provided the student completes the
work in the course to the satisfaction of the instructor. A faculty member may, how-
ever, require attendance at his or her course, and every assignment must be completed
even if the student has been excused for the period. Students on warning are permitted
three cuts per course, each semester. Students on probation are permitted no cuts.

A daily report is conveyed to the Dean of the College Office indicating those students
who are confined to the Stoneman Infirmary because of illness or injury. If a student is
required to remain at home or in an outside facility for health reasons, he or she must
advise the University Health Services at the earliest opportunity regarding the date of
onset of disability and the expected date of return. The Dean of the College will then be
so informed and will inform the appropriate faculty members.

Reading Period

An instructor, with the approval of his or her department chairman or interdepartmental
committee chairman and the Dean of Faculty, may institute a reading period in advanced
courses. A reading period is a two- week period, immediately preceding final examination,
during which no classes are held. A student works on assigned course material not covered
in class sessions. The reading period material will be dealt with in the midyear and final


Grades will be reported to the Office of the Registrar four times a year. In determining
these grades, all components of the student's work in a course will be considered:
written work, recitations, laboratory technique and reports, special reports or research,
and all examinations. Grading in full-year courses is cumulative, so that spring grades
take into account the fall semester work and replace the mid-year grades. In each
course, the same requirements for arriving at grades apply to all students.
The following grades will be used with plus or minus where appropriate:
A-High distinction B-Distinction C-Satisfactory
D-Passing, but Unsatisfactory E-Failure
The letters "S" (Satisfactory) or "U" (Unsatisfactory) may be used as the mid-
semester grades for undergraduates. At midyear there must be a regular letter grade,
even in full-year courses. The only exception is that "S" or "U" may be used in a full-
year readings course (usually numbered 98 or 99).

The numerical equivalents of the grades as determined by the faculty are:
A + or A 4.0 B 3.0 C 2.0 D 1.0

A-3.67 B-2.67 C-1.67 D- .67

B-l-3.33 C + 2.33 D+1.33 E-0

The Registrar reports mid-year and year-end grades to students in writing. Instructors
notify students of mid-semester grades.


Pass-Fail Option

A student may take up to four courses pass-fail while enrolled at Brandeis. No more
than one course may be taken pass-fail at any one time. No more than one course per
School taken pass-fail may be offered to meet University distribution requirements;
Freshman Writing Seminar and the course offered to satisfy the foreign literature
requirement may not be taken pass-fail. Grades of "pass" "fail" will not be used in
computing grade point averages. Normally, courses taken pass-fail will not satisfy con-
centration requirements. Upperclassmen working at the three course rate under the flex-
ible rate of work option may not enroll in any of them on a pass-fail basis. In year-
courses, the grading option (pass-fail or letter grade) elected at the outset applies to both
semesters, and may not be changed at midyear. The decision to elect a course pass-fail
must be made by the course enrollment deadline through the Office of the Registrar.
Informal understandings between students and instructors do not constitute official
pass-fail enrollment. Instructors are not informed of the grading option which a student
has chosen. Students taking courses pass-fail must complete all assignments and must
take mid-year and final examinations.

Examination Attendance

Students who are absent from midyear or final examinations and wish to request a

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