Brandeis University Profile


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.


Entrance Difficulty: Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 35% of 7,753 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: Yes
Regular Admission Deadline: January 15

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Important
Extracurricular Activities: Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.77
SAT Math: 640-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading:  630-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 640-730 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 28-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance:  $56,454
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $42,060
Room and Board: $11,894
Average Percent of Need Met: 94%
Average Freshman Award: $33,646
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $21,351


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 363
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-59 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Institutional Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002133: Free

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