Students Say

Located in the Boston area, Brandeis is a private liberal arts research university that has “a little bit of everything.” The school “gives students the freedom to explore both in and outside of the classroom” It has a (rightful) reputation for tough academics, particularly in the sciences, and this “pays off. Employers, grad schools, and certainly medical schools, know how tough the academics are.”

Overview

Applicants
10,004
Acceptance Rate
23%
Average HS GPA
3.84

GPA Breakdown

58%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 710
SAT Math
660 - 770
ACT Composite
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Located in the Boston area, Brandeis is a private liberal arts research university that has “a little bit of everything.” The school “gives students the freedom to explore both in and outside of the classroom” It has a (rightful) reputation for tough academics, particularly in the sciences, and this “pays off. Employers, grad schools, and certainly medical schools, know how tough the academics are.” The school puts “a great importance on social justice and community,” the latter of which “is unmatched” elsewhere. Academics at Brandeis are “stimulating,” and even though a few professors at times can be “inconsistent and unreliable,” the faculty on the whole is “extremely dedicated to their subjects” and “truly there for the students.” “As a first-year student I was part of a class that was invited to the professor ’s house for a Thanksgiving pot luck dinner,” says one. Getting some sort of outside help is necessary for the sciences, as “classes are often curved, and the competition is tough,” but luckily professors are all available, and “all of the introductory classes break down into small groups once a week.” People “care about their studies, but the atmosphere isn’t competitive.” Along with “plenty of scientific research opportunities” for such a small school, many students “find it difficult to choose classes because of all of the awesome course descriptions.” Student services have expanded in recent years, and the Hiatt Career Center now offers “Graduate School Thursdays, alumni shadowing, mock interviews, and career fairs specifically themed toward ‘green jobs,’ government forums, and other student interests.” Independence is a huge part of a Brandeis student’s life, and the administration is good about “letting students take charge of their own educations.” “We create our own experiences: independent study, clubs, and committees. Students own their experiences,” says one student. “It is a wonderfully unique college experience with some of the nicest—and occasionally strangest—people you will ever meet.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
535
with Terminal Degree
463

313
Men
222
Women
55
Minority
28
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
91%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Paul Anastas
Father of Green Chemistry

Deborah BIal
MacArthur Fellow and Posse Foundatin Founder

Adam Cheyer
"SIRI" Inventor

Thomas Friedman
3x Pulitzer Prize Winner & Chief Diplomatic Correspondent New York Times

Debra Messing
Actress

Tim Morehouse
U.S. Olympic Medalist in Fencing

Daniel Shapiro
U.S. ambassador to Israel

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

Brandeis University, while providing a diverse curriculum and fantastic educational experience, has a yearly tuition of about $45,600. After including another $15,700 for room, board, books, and fees, one becomes quickly aware that financial support is essential for many students. Fortunately, need-based scholarships and grants are provided to nearly 97 percent of needy freshman, 65 percent of the student body being recipients of financial aid. Approximately three-fifths of undergrads will borrow to pay for school; their average total debt will be more than $28,600 upon leaving Brandeis.

Bang For Your Buck

When considering costs, Brandeis has many benefits. This New England campus has financial aid awards that meet the full demonstrated need for all admitted undergraduate students. Additionally, Brandeis has a policy for the treatment of outside scholarships that allows recipients to replace loans and work first, before any adjustment is made to Brandeis need-based scholarship. Most Brandeis students participate in internships connected with their liberal arts interests, either for credit or not. By graduation, students have participated, on average, in three internships and have had the experiences sought by top graduate schools and employers. A recent graduate explains, “My resume was well-rounded and I had a lot to offer employers.” Students have had a placement rate of approximately 95 percent within six months of graduation, and with free alumni career services for life students are more than prepared for life in the workforce. “I really feel prepared and excited to graduate,” a senior tells us.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,797

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,072

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,976

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,647

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,450

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,608
Required Fees
$1,536
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$930
Transportation for Commuters
$900

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

There are “few social lines that define the student body” at Brandeis, and “a lot of social life revolves around club life.” Students are active here, and “it’s not unheard of to find a neuroscience major who juggles DJing on WBRS, skydiving, and student government.” This “intellectual and exciting” crew includes a “strong Jewish community,” and almost everyone is “nerdy in a very, very cool way.” People here are “really quirky and different,” and most have secondary pursuits or hobbies outside of academics. “Whatever the students’ passions and skills might be, everyone is incredibly motivated and driven toward achievement.” Everyone is “fairly studious and encourages each other to study and do their best.” Students seem to be friendly without fail. “If you stand in one place for too long on campus, you’ll immediately find students approaching you asking if you’re lost and how they can help,” says a student.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,729
Out of State
72%

International
22%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

15.58%
Asian
6.09%
African-American
8.35%
Hispanic
59.15%
Caucasian
7.59%
Unknown
21.80%
International

57% female
43% male
72% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Because the school is situated in a small city immediately outside of college-rich Boston, it’s able to have “sprawling lawns and an atmosphere of community and openness” while still being accessible to an urban cultural center. There is a “massive amount of extracurricular activities,” so “there is always something to do,” including a “Cheese Club that provides free cheese tasting,” “arts outlets,” and numerous organizations that place a “strong emphasis on volunteerism and social justice.” “This is…a tremendous place to explore your passions—religiously, socially, and academically,” says a student. There are “a ton” of theater, a cappella, and improv groups on campus, and if the campus events aren’t enough to satiate your appetite for fun, “there are always ways to go and support other extracurricular groups on campus and see what they’re all about.” Housing and dining services are considered by students to be the most frustrating aspects of the school; students say a few of the dorms are “rundown and need renovation,” and one student warns, “If athletics are the center of your universe, then do not go to Brandeis.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
91
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
287
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Judges)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Judges)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston Univ.
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston Univ.

Sustainability

Going green is a hands-on enterprise at Brandeis University. Now in its fourth funding cycle, the Brandeis Sustainability Fund awards $50,000 annually to student-run sustainability projects on campus. Using the fund, students have brought bottle filling stations, bike shelters, energy dashboards, drying racks, and many other innovative sustainability solutions to Brandeis. Also thanks to the Sustainability Fund and a student proposal, Brandeis is now home to the first third party owned solar thermal hot water system in the state, which now supplies hot water to four residence halls. Students interested in sustainability themes can choose to major in environmental studies or pursue a green MBA. A community-engaged learning course called “Greening the Ivory Tower” offers students the opportunity to “explore strategies for creating healthy, vigorous, environmentally sustainable communities in the face of increasingly challenging environmental problems.” The Gosman Sports and Convocation Center, utilizing 1,200 high-efficiency photovoltaic modules, generates solar power in one of the largest solar arrays in Massachusetts. Thanks to investments in efficiency programs, the campus has reduced energy use by more than 15 percent since 2005. New buildings are required to meet LEED Silver standards or better, featuring energy-efficient designs and recycled materials. All waste from dining halls is sent to a commercial composting facility. Brandeis is proud of the impressive student engagement in activism and education on environmental issues, including participation in Eco-Reps and Students for Environmental Action, just to name two. Brandeis students are giving back even when they’re not on campus—the school’s Give & Go campaign encourages students to donate rather than throw away items during move out weekend.

Green Rating
88

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jennifer Walker
Dean of Admissions

Address
Shapiro Admissions Center
Box 9110
Waltham, MA 024549110

Phone
8006220622

Email
admissions@brandeis.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Shapiro Science Center
Mandel Center for the Humanities
Usen Castle
Shapiro Campus Center
Gosman Sports Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Newbury Street
Fenway Park
Harvard Square
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Common and Public Garden

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
9am-5pm
8006220622

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
sportsinfo@brandeis.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
email professor listed on the open class list found online

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is 15 miles from campus. To get to campus, you can take the U.S. Shuttle service to Brandeis (617-489-4701) or take a Share-a-Cab, regular taxi, or airport shuttle and subway from the airport. The admissions website supplies information on these transportation possibilities. Greyhound buses and other bus lines serve Boston and the Riverside Terminal in Newton; from there you can take a taxi to campus. Commuter rail trains from Boston bring you within walking distance of campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.) eastbound, take exit 14 for I-95/Rte. 128 and Rte. 30 exit in Weston. Follow the signs to Rte. 30 (exit 24); at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Rte. 30. Take the first right and continue to campus, which is 2 miles ahead on the left. From I-90 westbound, take exit 15 for I-95/Rte. 128 and Rte. 30. After the tollgate, go straight. At the top of the ramp, turn right; at the traffic light, turn right, and at the next traffic light, turn left. Campus is 2 miles ahead on the left. From Rte. 128/I-95 northbound, take Exit 24. At the top of the ramp, turn left onto Rte. 30; take the first right; campus is 2 miles ahead on the left. From Rte. 128/I-95 southbound, take Exit 24. At the traffic light, go straight; campus is 2 miles ahead on the left.

Local Accommodations
The Courtyard Marriott (387 Winter St; 866-419-0999) and the Holiday Inn Express (385 Winter St; 800-824-2538) have a special rate for university visitors. The Best Western TLC (477 Totten Pond Rd.; 781-890-7800 or 800-424-2900), Double Tree Guest Suites (550 Winter St.; 617-890-6767), and the Westin Hotel (70 3rd Ave.; 781-290-5600 or 800-332-3773) are also close to campus.
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Key Stats

10,004
Applicants
3,729
Size
23%
Acceptance Rate
1360
SAT Scores

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