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Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Entrance Difficulty
Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School Graduation High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program College preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    
 
Examinations
Exam   Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT
Subject Tests,
or ACT
   
SAT Subject
Tests Only
 
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT
Essay
SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
Admissions Office
Address 415 South Street
City, State, Zip Waltham, MA  02454-9110
Phone (781) 736-3500
Fax (781) 736-3536
E-mail admissions@brandeis.edu
Early Admission
Early Decision Offered Yes
Early Decision Deadline November 1, January 1
Early Decision Notification December 15, February 1
Early Action Offered No
Early Action Deadline  
Early Action Notification  
 
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Application Fee $80
Application Fee Waiver Available
Regular Admission Notification April 1
Accept Offer of Admission By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used Yes
Defer Admission Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission Transfer applications accepted
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APPLYING FOR ADMISSION - continued
Application Form
Common Application Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application Not accepted
Electronic Application Available
 
Other Application Requirements
Interview Not required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other  
Financial Need Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process
SELECTION OF STUDENTS
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X      
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Class Rank X      
Recommendations   X    
Essay   X    
Interview     X  
Level of Applicant's Interest   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Volunteer Work   X    
Particular Talent/Ability   X    
Character/Personal Qualities X      
First Generation to Attend College     X  
State Residency     X  
Geographic Residence     X  
Relation with Alumnus     X  
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment       X
Ethnicity     X  
Work Experience   X    
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PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION
Admission Rates
Overall Admission Rate 33% of 11,351 applicants were admitted
   Women 34% of 6,866 applicants were admitted
   Men 33% of 4,485 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled 841 (22%) of 3,796 admitted students enrolled
   Women 500 (22%) of 2,312 admitted students enrolled
   Men 341 (23%) of 1,484 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision
Admission Rate
36% of 764 applicants were admitted
Early Action
Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List 1,478
Students Accepting Wait List Position 502
Students Admitted From Wait List 89
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math 720 average
660-770 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 58%
  Score of 600 - 700 36%
  Score of 500 - 600 5%
  Score of 400 - 500 1%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Critical Reading 650 average
610-710 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 31%
  Score of 600 - 700 51%
  Score of 500 - 600 17%
  Score of 400 - 500 1%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Writing 690 average
640-720 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 43%
  Score of 600 - 700 50%
  Score of 500 - 600 5%
  Score of 400 - 500 1%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
 
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA 3.88 (based on weighted GPAs)
3.75 and Above 60%
3.50 - 3.74 27%
3.25 - 3.49 9%
3.00 - 3.24 2%
2.50 - 2.99 2%
2.00 - 2.49  
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite 30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
  Score of 30 - 36 74%
  Score of 24 - 29 25%
  Score of 18 - 23 1%
  Score of 12 - 17 0%
  Score of 6 - 11 0%
  Score of 5 or Below 0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class Rank Top tenth: 71%
Top quarter: 91%
Top half: 98%
Bottom half: 2%
National Merit Scholar 1%
Valedictorian 4%
Class President 2%
Student Gov. Officer 15%