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Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis University, founded in 1948, is a private, liberal arts university. It offers the intimacy and faculty engagement of a small liberal arts college and the scope of a world-class research university. An extensive merit scholarship program assists talented students to discover intellectual routes through discussion and research, through established concentrations or interdisciplinary studies, to success in advanced studies in the nation's leading graduate and professional schools. Programs are offered through the Schools of Creative Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. Its 235-acre campus is located in Waltham, 10 miles west of Boston.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students3,621
   Women2,058 (56.8%)
   Men1,563 (43.2%)
Graduate Students2,131


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate34% of 10,528 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.95 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math701 average
650-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading653 average
600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing672 average
640-710 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,428
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met97%
Average Freshman Award$41,862
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Waltham Population62,227
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBoston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 77% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
16.4% Asian
6.6% Black/African-American
8.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
58.7% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students20.0% from 92 countries
First-Year Students Returning92.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.66 4.16 702 679 31
Low 2.10 2.86 500 440 24
High 4.00 5.00 800 780 35
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• Brandeis' chapels are built so that none casts its shadow on another.

• In Brandeis' "Liquid Latex" event, students paint their bodies with latex paint, which is pretty much the only thing covering them.

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