Brandeis University

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415 South Street

Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Phone: (781) 736-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. National Universities

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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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.
Brandeis offers a distinctive model: the personal attention and flexibility of a liberal arts college with the depth and opportunity of a research institution. Brandeis enrolls 3,500 undergraduate students, drawn from all parts of the nation and the world and from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. A faculty of tremendous scholarly distinction is equally committed to education - every faculty member teaches. A small student-faculty ratio preserves close connections between teachers and students. You will be educated in the classroom, but also in the field, the studio, and the laboratory, both locally and globally, and we integrate these various modes of experiential education and discovery with classroom learning. Brandeis is academically intense: most undergraduates complete two majors or combine a major with one or more minors, and a number pursue one of our 15 combined Bachelor-Master's degree programs. Students average an amazing three internships before graduation.
Brandeis students also sustain a vibrant co-curricular life. From two student newspapers, a radio and television stations, 19 Varsity sports, and over 200 other clubs and organizations, you will have unrivaled opportunity for campus leadership. Student activities, from our famous Chums coffee house to over 350 performing arts events each year, combine with school wide traditions to keep campus life busy every evening and weekend. Students also enjoy our location in the Boston area, with a commuter rail stop right on campus and shuttle services offering easy access to America's greatest college town. Following our commitment to Social Justice, Brandeis' largest student group focuses on community service, and students logged over 50,000 hours of service in the past year.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1948
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $674,521,862


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.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 39.1%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

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.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 86%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 10%
Psychology, General 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Health Policy Analysis 7%
International/Global Studies 7%

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Student Life

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.

Total enrollment 5,808
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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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

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