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About Brandeis

Brandeis Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Brandeis is expected to release their ED decisions on Thursday, December 9th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Brandeis Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Brandeis University Overview

Brandeis University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Waltham, Massachusetts. Brandeis was founded in 1948 and now enrolls around 5,440 students a year, including 3,493 undergrads. Brandeis provides on-campus housing for up to 2,960 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 80% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Brandeis! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Brandeis's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Brandeis students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Brandeis, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Brandeis has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Brandeis on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Brandeis on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 Brandeis Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 34%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 61.84%
Tuition $55,340

Is Brandeis a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a clearer sense of what Brandeis offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Brandeis University

It is extremely difficult to get into Brandeis. In 2021, Brandeis accepted just 34% of all applicants. In 2021, just 3,442 out of the 10,272 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Brandeis

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Brandeis, around 90% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Brandeis's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 89%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Brandeis Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 51% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Brandeis grads have an average starting salary of $53,897 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Brandeis's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Brandeis's endowment was valued at $1.074 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Brandeis spends about $23,290 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Brandeis

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Brandeis meets 97% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $47,398 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $32,158 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Brandeis. Based on this information, how does Brandeis sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Brandeis a good school for you?

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Where is Brandeis?

Brandeis is located in the suburban setting of Waltham, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Brandeis for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Waltham, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Brandeis and Waltham are like without leaving home.

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415 South Street Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Campus Setting: Suburban

Brandeis Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Brandeis is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Brandeis is Mar 15.

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Brandeis ACT Scores


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31 - 33

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Brandeis is 32. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Brandeis. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Brandeis SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1470


Math SAT Range

680 - 790


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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Wondering what life at Brandeis is like? There are approximately 5,440 students enrolled at Brandeis, including 3,493 undergraduate students and 1,947 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 30% percent are from MA and 70% percent of students are from other states.


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