Brandeis University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Usen Castle at Brandeis University
Usen Castle at Brandeis University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Brandeis is a highly selective school, accepting only around a third of those who apply. Students with high grades and test scores are more likely to be accepted, but Brandeis looks at more than just scores and grades. Since its admissions are holistic, Brandeis looks at a student's academic background, extracurricular activities, work/volunteer experience, and other factors. Brandeis uses the Common Application, and students must submit high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Brandeis University Description

Brandeis University is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, about nine miles from downtown Boston. Students can easily access the city through the commuter rail, subway, or free campus shuttle. Brandeis has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The university is consistently ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report.

Established in 1948, Brandeis' academic achievements are remarkable for a university so young. Brandeis University takes pride in its Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni and faculty, its 8 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and its successes in Division III athletics.​

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 5,729 (3,608 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,245
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,380
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $68,125

Brandeis University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 63%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57%
    • Loans: 41%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $33,806
    • Loans: $6,440

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: American Studies, Biology, Economics, English, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 7%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Fencing, Tennis, Swimming, Baseball, Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Fencing, Track and Field, Cross Country, Volleyball, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Brandeis and the Common Application

Brandeis University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: