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Academics

Situated just outside of Boston, Brandeis University is a phenomenal school that “teaches...the value of hard work, cultivates curiosity and [an] interest in learning, and introduces one to various perspectives.” Importantly, the university offers undergrads “the opportunity to explore every possible interest, from cupcakes to neuroscience, with the overwhelming support of faculty and peers.” Because Brandeis embraces a policy of academic “flexibility,” students feel free to “to study whatever they want.” There’s also an “abundance of undergraduate research opportunities in all majors.” Overall, undergrads here find their coursework “challenging” and “rewarding.” Inside the classroom they are greeted by “engaging, insightful, and responsive” professors who truly make an effort to “relate to students.” As one delighted individual shares, “My current bio teacher is known for using memes in her lectures, and they’re usually pretty funny.” It’s also quite evident that professors “care for their students and want them to be successful.” To that end, they strive to make themselves “accessible” and “encourage students coming to talk to them.” Perhaps that’s why one highly contented undergrad asserts, “I strongly believe the professors are one of Brandeis’s most appealing aspects.”

Student Body

It’s safe to say that Brandeis students really care for their peers. After all, they rush to describe them as “intelligent, driven [and] kind-hearted.” They also seem to maintain “a diverse range of interests (both academic and extracurricular) and are extremely passionate about everything they are involved in.” Moreover, undergrads readily admit that they “do have the tendency to be a little more on the introverted and nerdy side.” And they truly love that their classmates are often “quirky and a little weird in the best way possible.” As one student explains, “There is no normal Brandeis. I love that I can wear whatever I want because I know there’s nowhere where it will be a problem that I don’t fit in or feel judged. Everyone’s attitude is kind of ‘do whatever you want to/need to do.’” Given that openness, it’s not too surprising to learn that Brandeis students also report that their classmates are quite “friendly.” Indeed, a student reports, “Everyone here is very welcoming and supportive and they push me to try a bit harder every day, while offering support whenever it is needed without even having to be asked to do so.”

Campus Life

At Brandeis, academics often take top priority. And first-year students quickly discover that “on weeknights the library is the most social spot on campus.” But fear not; undergrads here still manage to find plenty of time to step away from the books. In fact, we’re told that “Brandeis thrives on its campus club and student activities culture,” which makes sense given that there are “over 280 clubs” on campus to join. Many students can be found participating “in community service clubs, cultural clubs, electronics clubs, and religious organizations, do research in labs, perform in musicals and plays, participate in sport events, and play music in ensembles.” Undergrads also simply “enjoy the green spaces on campus and have fun connecting [there] with other students.” Once the weekend rolls around, “there are always shows going on, whether it’s theatre, a cappella, or improv.” Additionally, there tend to be “sports events and guest lecturers.” Undergrads also frequently attend “Greek life events off campus.” However, those gatherings are “not sanctioned by the university.” Lastly, students love the school’s “[close] proximity” to Cambridge and Boston. And since Brandeis runs a “free shuttle,” both cities are wholly “accessible” and provide a great respite from campus life.

Overview

Applicants
11,721
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.85

GPA Breakdown

61%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
554
with Terminal Degree
442

302
Men
252
Women
67
Minority
25
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • French Studies.
  • German Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Russian Studies.
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biophysics.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • Linguistics.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Health Policy Analysis.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$55,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$114,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$57,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$118,000

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
26%


Students Say

The Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis University offers many resources for students planning for life beyond college. The school holds a large number of career fairs, recruiting events, and other networking opportunities on campus (similar off-campus events for students and alumni are sponsored in major cities across the country), and the Center provides a great deal of advice for students on how to build and manage professional relationships. Brandeis is also generous with funding for internship experiences. For example, The World of Work fellowship program awards approximately forty stipends annually to undergraduates who pursue summer internships with organizations that are not able to provide a salary. Likewise, the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program provides financial support to students assigned to government and nonprofit agencies in Washington D.C., Boston, and New York City. Brandeis alumni who visited PayScale.com reported an average starting salary of $55,300 and an average mid-career salary of $114,200.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,854

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,606

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,314

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,522

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,455

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,635
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

13.19%
Asian
5.33%
African-American
7.42%
Hispanic
47.32%
Caucasian
2.43%
Unknown
21.00%
International

59% female
41% male
71% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Accessibility Support

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Beth Rodgers-Kay

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
2

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

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

42% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

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 University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University

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.

81/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
No

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

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
Rose Art Museum
Usdan 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
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
limited number of spaces for certain campus events

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is 15 miles from campus. To get to campus, you can a ride-sharing service, 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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