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Brandeis University

Waltham, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate39%

Brandeis Admissions

Brandeis University is extremely difficult to get into. Around 39% of applicants get into Brandeis University each year. In 2023, just 3,908 out of the 9,917 students who applied were accepted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Brandeis University, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee is $80.

Students who apply to Brandeis University for fall semester should hear back from Brandeis University by April 1.

Brandeis University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Brandeis University's admissions stats.

Brandeis University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 57%
Mean SAT Score 1440
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist Yes

Brandeis University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Brandeis University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 January 28
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Brandeis University?

Brandeis University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 28.

The early decision acceptance rate at Brandeis University is 64%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 39%. In 2022, Brandeis University admitted 433 of the 677 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Brandeis University Admissions

Transferring to Brandeis University

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Brandeis University

In 2022, Brandeis University waitlisted 1,638 students and 693 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 7 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Brandeis University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Brandeis University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Brandeis University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
First Generation Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Brandeis University for more information on admission factors.

Brandeis University Application Requirements

To apply to Brandeis University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Brandeis University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Brandeis University?

Students admitted to Brandeis University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 18% submitted a class rank. At Brandeis University 57% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 83% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Brandeis University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 36.3%
3.75 and 3.99 29.6%
3.50 and 3.74 18.3%
3.25 and 3.49 8.7%
3.00 and 3.24 4.4%
2.50 and 2.9 2.3%
2.00 and 2.49 0.4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Brandeis University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Brandeis University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 39% of Brandeis University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Brandeis University?

To be competitive with other Brandeis University applicants, you should aim to score between 1360 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Brandeis University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Brandeis University student is 1440.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Brandeis University students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Brandeis University students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at Brandeis University, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Brandeis University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Brandeis University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

More Information on Transferring to Brandeis University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Brandeis University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Brandeis University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Brandeis University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Brandeis University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Brandeis University.

Does Brandeis University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Brandeis University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Brandeis University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Brandeis University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Brandeis University?

❌ No, Brandeis University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Brandeis University's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Brandeis University is 39%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Brandeis University?

βœ… Brandeis University's early decision acceptance rate was 64% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Brandeis? Brandeis is a selective institution. The Brandeis acceptance rate is 39%. This means that the institution accepts 39 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Brandeis SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1500


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1500 and Above


1360 to 1500


1360 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Brandeis students is 1440. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Brandeis, while applicants with SAT scores between 1360 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1360 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Brandeis.

Brandeis GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Brandeis, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.88. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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