Brandeis University

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Brandeis University
City: Waltham, Massachusetts
Type: Private
Students: 3,216
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, indoor track, outdoor track, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball[1]
Colors: blue and white
Mascot: Ollie the Owl (Judges)
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral[2]

Brandeis University is a Massachusetts Jewish, nonsectarian [3] private university founded in 1948.[4] The school describes itself as a "Private research university with a liberal arts focus."[4] The university's notable graduates include a Nobel laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, school presidents, a Prime Minister and an Emmy winner, amongst others.[5] The school ranked #31 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[6]


The school is named for former Supreme Court justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis - the first Jewish justice.[3][7][8] In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the Association of American Universities, which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.[8]


The school's mascot, Ollie the Owl,[9] is named after Louis Brandeis's colleague, Oliver Wendell Holmes.[10] Brandeis competes in the University Athletic Association (UAA), a unique Division III affiliation.[11]


  1. Varsity Teams (English). Brandeis University.
  2. College Search - Brandeis University - At a Glance (English). College Board. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Defining Brandeis (English). Brandeis University.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Overview (English). Brandeis University.
  5. Noble Alumni (English). Brandeis University.
  6. National Universities: Top Schools (English). US News.
  7. Supreme Court Facts (English). infoplease.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Historical Overview (English). Brandeis University.
  9. 2007-2008 Facts (English). Brandeis University.
  10. Ollie the Owl (English). Brandeis University.
  11. About (English). Brandeis University.

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