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Brandeis University

Waltham, MA 4-Year Private
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About Brandeis

Brandeis University Overview

Brandeis University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Waltham, Massachusetts. Brandeis was founded in 1948 and the school presently has around 5,558 students per year, which includes 3,591 undergrads. Brandeis offers 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.

Are you interested in journalism and 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.

2022 Brandeis Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
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Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 39.55%
Tuition $61,724
Percent of Need Met 95.28%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $50,631

Is Brandeis a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better view of what Brandeis offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Brandeis

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 91% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Brandeisare still enrolled the next year. Brandeishas a six year graduation rate of 88 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Brandeis Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 50% of graduates from Brandeis recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent Brandeis grads have an average starting salary of $54,880 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Brandeis University'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 $1.286 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Brandeis spends about $23,504 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Brandeis

Tuition 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 95.28% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $50,631 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $31,215 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

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, does Brandeis seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Brandeis a good school for you?

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Where is Brandeis University Located?

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

If you are interested in seeing Brandeis for yourself, be sure to 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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College Info

415 South Street Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Campus Setting: Suburban

Brandeis Application Deadline

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Brandeis ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

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Brandeis SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1500


Math SAT Range

700 - 780


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

Brandeis Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Brandeis is like? There are approximately 5,558 students enrolled at Brandeis, including 3,591 undergraduate students and 1,967 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 33% percent are from MA and 67% percent of students are from other states.


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