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.

Website: www.brandeis.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,635
Undergraduate
Students
(59.3%) 2,155 Women
(40.7%) 1,480 Men
2,087
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
34% of 11,721 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.85
SAT Math
690 average
650-760 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
670 average
630-710 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,943
Tuition and Fees
$53,537
Room and Board
$14,906
Average Percent of Need Met
97%
Average Freshman Award
$44,761
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,522
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
358
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Waltham Population
62,227
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
75% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Owl
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
16.6% Asian
6.7% Black/African-American
9.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
59.8% White
3.3% Unknown
International Students
20.9% from 54 countries
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
82.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
46%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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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

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

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy 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

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson 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

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 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


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

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
34% of 11,721 applicants were admitted
Women
36% of 7,140 applicants were admitted
Men
31% of 4,581 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
858 (21%) of 4,011 admitted students enrolled
Women
530 (21%) of 2,583 admitted students enrolled
Men
328 (23%) of 1,428 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
41% of 786 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,826
Students Accepting Wait List Position
668
Students Admitted From Wait List
8

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.85
3.75 and Above
64%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
690 average
650-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
50%
Score of 600 - 700
39%
Score of 500 - 600
11%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
670 average
630-710 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
36%
Score of 600 - 700
52%
Score of 500 - 600
10%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
71%
Score of 24 - 29
27%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
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: 65%
Top quarter: 90%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
2%
Student Government Officer
15%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,943
Tuition and Fees
$53,537
Room and Board
$14,906
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$1,500
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@brandeis.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002133
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
550 (65.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
420 (76.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
417 (99.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
394 (94.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
97%
Average Award
$44,761
Need-Based Gift
Received by 410 (98.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $41,854
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 365 (87.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,124
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 48 (11.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
120 (14.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,958

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,991 (55.7%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,716 (86.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,710 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,225 (71.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
96%
Average Award
$43,353
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,657 (96.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $39,606
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,530 (89.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,560
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 154 (9.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
381 (10.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,333

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
54%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$33,522
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
6.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,599
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International/Global Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Business/marketing
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
358
Part-Time Faculty
196
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
61%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,190,556
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
130
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Software Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Education, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Distance Education Development
  • Economics
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and Banking
  • Gender Studies
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetics
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Humanities
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International Health
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Informatics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Near and Middle Eastern Languages
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sustainability Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Women's Studies

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Disability Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Finance and Banking
  • Gender Studies
  • Genetics
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • International Business
  • International Health
  • Jewish Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Near and Middle Eastern Languages
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Location and Setting


Waltham Population
62,227
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
235 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
75% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
25%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Owl
School Colors
Royal blue and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
squash, table tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, waltham group, undergraduate theater collective, student union, student events (programming board), bemco - student emts
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,635
Women
2,155 (59.3%)
Men
1,480 (40.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,620
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
16.6% Asian
6.7% Black/African-American
9.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
59.8% White
3.3% Unknown
International Students.
20.9% from 54 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
2,087

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
82.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
88.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
90.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
46%
Average Starting Salary
46%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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