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Brandeis University is a private institution that was founded in 1948. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,588, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 235 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Brandeis University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 32. Its tuition and fees are $46,106 (2013-14).
Brandeis University is located in Waltham, Mass., just nine miles west of Boston. Students are guaranteed housing for their first four semesters. In addition to student-run TV and radio stations, Brandeis has religious and performance groups, service organizations, cultural awareness groups, performance groups and more. The Shapiro Campus Center serves as a hub of student activity on campus, housing a theater, bookstore, cafe, library, meeting rooms and a student art gallery. Cholmondeley’s, the campus coffeehouse, is another hotspot for concerts and comedy shows. The Brandeis Judges field more than 15 NCAA Division III teams and are known for their strong men’s soccer team. There is no Greek life on campus.
Brandeis is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences and four graduate schools. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers highly ranked programs in English and history, and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is notable for its programs in social policy, health policy and management, and international development. Nearly 50 percent of students participate in study abroad programs offered in about 70 countries around the world. The Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis provides research and information on contemporary Judaism and the Jewish community. Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman graduated from Brandeis, which was named for the first Jewish Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Louis Dembitz Brandeis.
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Brandeis was founded in 1948, at a time when discrimination and quotas still restricted access to higher education. Its impetus was a powerful idea: the only non-sectarian institution founded by the Jewish community, Brandeis would be open to all, embracing the pluralism of American society, and with a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. Powerfully focused on academic rigor and intensity, it almost immediately equaled and exceeded older institutions, prizing intellectual inquiry and relishing discussion and debate. In its thirteenth year, Brandeis earned Phi Beta Kappa recognition, the youngest institution ever to do so.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Brandeis University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Brandeis University is $75. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 39.1 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||39.1%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Brandeis University is 10:1, and the school has 64.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Brandeis University include: Economics, General; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Health Policy Analysis; and International/Global Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.5 percent.
Brandeis University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,588, with a gender distribution of 43.5 percent male students and 56.5 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. Brandeis University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Brandeis University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Brandeis University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Brandeis University, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Brandeis University.
|Students who have cars on campus||40%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Brandeis University, 51.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,896.
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|Tuition and fees||$46,106 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,714 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data