Brandeis ranks 13th in precollege programs

March 1, 2019

Brandeis ranks as 13th in precollege summer programs for 2019, according to College Consensus.

College Consensus judged precollege programs for high school students “based on a variety of criteria,” according to their website. The organization looked at whether the precollege program offered college credit, mentorship, residential experience and scholarship opportunities.

College Consensus, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, assures that prospective students “can trust that these programs have all the experience they could hope for.” The site is a unique college ranking and review aggregator that combines top publisher rankings with student reviews.

The site highlighted several Brandeis precollege programs: Service Corps, the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine, Jewish Leadership, App Design, Jewish Arts and Queer Academics & Activism.

This year Brandeis is launching a new precollege program, Queer Academics & Activism: A Seminar on LGBTQIA+ Histories & Futures. According to the Brandeis Precollege website this unique new “seminar adopts the template of Precollege offerings which empower participants to apply lessons learned in the classroom to issues they care deeply about.”

High school students can apply or be nominated by Precollege alumni, school counselors, educators, mentors, and exceptional teens. Programs are only available to students who are currently freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the 2018-2019 school year. “Nominees will typically rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class with strong academic performance and a passion for their field of learning and/or art,” according to the Brandeis website.

Tuition for two week sessions ranges from $1,800 to $3,350. The costs include activities and field-trips. All programs include field trips and recreational trips off campus. Destinations may include downtown Boston and the Harvard Square shopping area. Limited financial aid is offered in the form of scholarships and need-based aid. More than 50 percent of participants received scholarships or financial aid, according to the Brandeis website.

Other schools on the College Consensus list included University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, Wake Forest University and Johns Hopkins University. Other greater Boston area schools on the list were Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Boston University, ranking 9th and 18th respectively.

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