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Brandeis Admissions

If you want to apply to Brandeis University, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application is $80.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Brandeis University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Brandeis University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 59%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 61.84%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24.8%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Brandeis University?

Brandeis University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Brandeis University?

It is extremely difficult to get into Brandeis University. Brandeis University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Brandeis University accepted 34% of students, around 3,442 of the 10,272 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Brandeis University, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

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

In 2021, Brandeis University waitlisted 2,088 students. Of those, 832 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Brandeis University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Brandeis University

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

Brandeis University Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Brandeis University?

Students admitted to Brandeis University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25.7% submitted a class rank. At Brandeis University 59% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 85% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Brandeis University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 25.7%
3.75 and 3.99 28.38%
3.50 and 3.74 20.59%
3.25 and 3.49 10.15%
3.00 and 3.24 4.71%
2.50 and 2.9 3.09%
2.00 and 2.49 0.29%

Brandeis University does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 61.84% of Brandeis University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24.8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Brandeis University?

To be competitive with other Brandeis University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1350 and 1470 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Brandeis University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1470 and 25% of scored lower than 1350, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Brandeis University students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Brandeis University students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Brandeis University?

To be most competitive at Brandeis University, you should strive to earn between 31 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Brandeis University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 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.

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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. Applicants should hear back by May 25.

Transfer students can enroll in Brandeis University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Brandeis University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Brandeis University?

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

Does Brandeis University accept transfer credits?

Brandeis University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

Brandeis University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Brandeis University?

No, Brandeis University is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Brandeis University's acceptance rate?

Brandeis University's acceptance rate is 34%.

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How hard is it to get into Brandeis? Brandeis is a selective institution. The Brandeis acceptance rate is 34%. This means that the institution accepts 33 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


31 to 33


31 and Less


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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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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 3.84. 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.

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