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Office of Admissions

 Collection — other: 4 manuscript boxes
Identifier: 09-MWalB00018A

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection were created from 1947 to 2002. Materials include reports, statistical profiles, memos, application forms, invitations, brochures, booklets, and photographs. Subjects covered by the files include the effectiveness of the admissions process, student of color recruitment and enrollment, recruitment of local high school students, profiles of incoming classes, open houses, and general information about the university used in the recruitment process.


  • 1947-2009, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Series 1, Reports/Memos, is restricted. Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


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The Office of Admissions is responsible for recruiting and admitting students to the university. Office staff introduce prospective students to Brandeis by arranging visits to campus and by traveling throughout the United States and selected foreign countries. The office also reviews the applications of prospective students and decides which students to admit to the university. The Office of Admissions was established during the founding of the University in 1948 and was at that time combined with the registrar's office. C. Ruggles Smith, who had been president of Middlesex University, was the first director of the department. In 1955, these two functions were separated and distinct offices were created.  Significant programs sponsored by the Office of Admissions include open houses in the fall and spring.


Arranged in five series: 1.Reports/Memos, 1948-2006, undated; 2. Incoming Class Profiles, 1956-2001; 3. Events, 1969-2002; 4. Publications, 1947-2000, undated; 5. Photographs, 1947-1991, undated. Series 1-4 arranged chronologically; Series 5 arranged alphabetically by subject. 4 manuscript boxes.

Jason Pierceson
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections