The reasons for taking summer courses are as varied as the students who take them. Students can complete general University degree requirements, fulfill prerequisites, explore a secondary interest, focus on pre-health courses, and work on accelerating or even completing their degrees. Yes, some students attend summer classes to make up courses, though the Summer School supports the recommendation long-held by Academic Services that time away is often the better option for students who are experiencing academic or health challenges.
So who takes summer classes?
Brandeis undergraduates make up 72% of the students taking courses in our five-week and extended session courses. Visiting students from other colleges and universities, who return to the Greater Boston area for the summer, are another 18% of our summer audience. Adults, high school students and University staff round out those enrolled in our 60+ courses.
With an undergraduate population of just over 3600, 73% of the Brandeis’ U.S. students live outside of Massachusetts while another 15% of the undergraduate population have international origins with China, Korea, India, Canada and Israel yielding the highest numbers of students. By the time a Brandeis class is ready to graduate almost a third of our seniors have attended a Summer School program at least once.