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Brandeis Admissions Information

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA (map)


Located a stone's throw from Boston, Brandeis University fosters an active community of students and scholars. Offering 43 majors and 43 minors, Brandeis has many academic options to choose from, while simultaneously providing a broad range of opportunities abroad. With its many educational resources, Brandeis ensures that its students will receive a balanced and academically challenging education based in the liberal arts. Faculty members at Brandeis are passionate leaders in their fields, at the cutting edge of research and academic theory. With a very low ratio of students to teachers, Brandeis promises small classes and individual attention in all areas.

Brandeis University has a long tradition of valuing justice and knowledge in its academics, both formally and informally. While Brandeis is supported by the Jewish community at large, it maintains a nonsectarian view that welcomes all students and staff, regardless of religion, nationality or political preferences. The mission of Brandeis is to provide a first-rate education and to help students develop their individual ideologies.



Basic Info

Main Address: 415 South St., MS003
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone Number: (781) 736-2000  
Website: www.brandeis.edu  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: University  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Intramural and Club Sports.  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 3,341  
Percent out-of-state: 76%  
Percent international: 12%  
Female to Male ratio: 56:44  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Interdisciplinary Studies
Social Sciences
Area and Ethnic Studies
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
ROTC (Air Force, Army)
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification

Campus Life

Housing options:
Co-ed, men's, and women's housing Apartments for single students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
International Students
Literary Magazine
Musical Theater
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Society
Jazz Band
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Voted #18, Most Religious Students
  • Named a Best Northeastern College

Admissions Information

Brandeis University is a competitive institution with many academic resources available to its applicants. As such, the admissions committee is selective and seeks certain qualities qualities in its search for for successful prospective students. Admissions officials focus on character, extracurricular activities and individual talents or abilities.

As a university that values social justice, Brandeis admissions seek potential for leadership, as well as a record for volunteer and work experience from applicants. Brandeis places a good deal of emphasis on applicants' academic record, preferring high-level classes and a GPA that shows commitment to academia. Finally, Brandeis offers optional interviews for applicants who would like to meet with current seniors or alumni to share additional information, which is a good way to demonstrate interest in attending Brandeis.

Admissions address: Office of Admissions
415 South Street
PO Box 549110
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone number: (781) 736-3500  
Fax number: (781) 736-3536  
Admissions Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@brandeis.edu  
Contact Person: Mark Spencer, Dean of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 7,753  
Percent of applicants admitted: 35%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision I); January 1 (Early Decision II)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Academic teacher evaluation
Standardized Test Scores
School report
Official high school transcript
Personal statement

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers the highest selection of scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3092  
ACT code: 1802  
Learn more about other Small New England schools:
Clark   Holy Cross   Boston College  

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