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Brandeis University Overview

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Brandeis University Known For?

1,430 Undergraduate Awards
$55,011 Avg Cost After Aid
34% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Brandeis since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Brandeis is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Brandeis is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Brandeis bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $57,900 a year. That's about 42% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Brandeis student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Brandeis University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Brandeis is ranked #341 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Brandeis has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#269 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Brandeis.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Brandeis has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Anthropology College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for International Studies College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for History College Factual

Where Is Brandeis University?

Location of Brandeis University

Contact details for Brandeis are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone: 781-736-2000
Website: www.brandeis.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brandeisuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BrandeisU

How Do I Get Into Brandeis?

You can apply to Brandeis online at: www.brandeis.edu/admissions/apply/index.html

Admission Requirements for Brandeis

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Brandeis?

34% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
44% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Brandeis. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 34%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 31%, and the acceptance rate for women is 36%.

Average Test Scores

About 44% of students accepted to Brandeis submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 650 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brandeis University  ( 630 to 710 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Brandeis University  ( 650 to 760 )
200
800
Brandeis received ACT scores from 44% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 29 and 34. Math scores were between 28 and 34. Composite scores were between 29 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Brandeis University  ( 29 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Brandeis University  ( 28 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Brandeis University  ( 29 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford Brandeis University?

$55,011 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Brandeis is $55,011. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Brandeis, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,431 a year. That adds up to $29,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brandeis is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Brandeis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,673 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,688 undergraduate students at Brandeis, with 3,673 being full-time and 15 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Brandeis

There are also 2,137 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,673 full-time undergraduates at Brandeis, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Brandeis

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Brandeis University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Brandeis Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 526
Black or African American 194
Hispanic or Latino 304
White 1,685
International Students 727
Other Races/Ethnicities 237

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Brandeis University. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 101 countries are represented at Brandeis. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Brandeis University

392 Took All Classes Online
433 Took At Least One Class Online
0.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 433 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Brandeis has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 45th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Brandeis

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Brandeis University was 0.7%. This is the #1,986 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Brandeis regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Brandeis majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 29%
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Computer Software & Applications 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Brandeis ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Brandeis.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics #8
Other Computer & Information Sciences #14
Medical Illustration & Informatics #28
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #50
Computer Software & Applications #65
Information Technology #116
Computer & Information Sciences #384

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Brandeis University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Economics 188 199 3 390
Public Policy 96 53 16 165
General Biology 135 0 0 135
General Business/Commerce 133 0 0 133
Business Administration & Management 0 123 0 123
Child Development & Psychology 98 18 2 118
Computer Science 88 21 4 113
Applied Mathematics 0 112 0 112
Mathematics 83 4 2 89
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 51 23 7 81
Area Studies 61 3 3 67
International Studies 57 10 0 67
Political Science & Government 63 1 1 65
Anthropology 39 6 2 47
Ethnic Studies 37 4 0 41
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 39 0 39
Chemistry 27 3 7 37
Sociology 33 2 2 37
History 27 4 2 33
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 20 6 6 32
General English Literature 25 3 4 32
Information Technology 0 30 0 30
Philosophy 19 11 0 30
Computer Software & Applications 0 26 0 26
Physics 16 2 6 24
Drama & Theater Arts 22 0 0 22
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 21 0 21
Natural Resources Conservation 20 0 0 20
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 13 6 19
Computer Information Systems 0 17 0 17
Educational Administration 0 17 0 17
General Education 16 0 0 16
Classical Languages & Literature 5 11 0 16
International Business 0 15 0 15
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 15 0 0 15
Music 6 4 4 14
Writing Studies 13 0 0 13
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 13 0 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 0 13
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 12 0 12
Computer Programming 0 11 0 11
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11 0 0 11
Genetics 0 10 0 10
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 7 0 7
Biotechnology 0 7 0 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 7 0 7
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 5 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 0 2
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,430 862 77 2,369

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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