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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Brandeis is a highly rated private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Brandeis acceptance rate is 34%. Popular majors include Economics, Biology, and Business. Graduating 90% of students, Brandeis alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,700.
About Brandeis University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454
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Brandeis University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1280-1470
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$32,714/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$35,487/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
68%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.67 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,620Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
15
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    35%
  • Passionate
    26%
  • Intelligent
    19%
  • Open-minded
    16%
  • Weird
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
50%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.56 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Social Justice
    53%
  • Awk
    16%
  • Do your own thing
    16%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Pursue your interests
    6%
  • Hypocritical
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses
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Brandeis University Reviews

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I love my time at Brandeis! As a Stem student, there are so many opportunities for me to take. All of the professors have been great in their ability to explain difficult concepts and work directly with students. The introductory chemistry class was a bit difficult, but being able to work through it was a great achievement.
In terms of housing, I couldn't have been happier. Brandeis has a policy where all incoming freshman must go random for roommates. Despite this being nerve-wracking, I was put with two amazing people that I am glad to have as friends. I was also able to make lots of friends within my building since orientation was partially organized with people from my building.
Many people complain about the food, but I believe the food is significantly better than what people say. My mother is a phenomenal cook so I have a good frame of reference.
Overall, Brandeis is a great school that I am excited to attend.
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The first time I visited Brandeis University, I was immediately struck with how dynamic the campus was. I saw people who appeared to be from all different backgrounds interact so naturally and enthusiastically with each other. It was honestly something I had not seen in other campuses I had visited. Living in a town where over 95% of the population is White, I don’t get to expose myself to people of different cultures very often. Attending Brandeis University will give me this opportunity. Brandeis University will help me grow academically and socially with its rigorous courses and diversity. The idea of being around these individuals, listening to their stories, sharing my story, and learning from each other and what we have been through to be where we are now excites me. Brandeis University is an opportunity for me to exchange knowledge and experience with individuals while getting one of the best educations in the United States.
Brandeis boasts the motto "Truth unto its innermost parts" and stresses their commitment to social justice, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. Seems nice, right? Spend more than a few weeks at Brandeis and you'll see that Brandeis' motto and "values" are all a bunch of lies. The administration at Brandeis is broken, and the racism, elitism, and classism run deep. It's hard to know where to begin explaining how truly backwards this university is, so I'll keep it short: Brandeis is an incredibly greedy, money hungry institution. The academics are not worth what students pay for them, the campus facilities are abysmal, and those are just the surface level issues. If you're not a wealthy white able (physically or otherwise) Jew, you mean nothing to this school and they will make a point to ensure that you do not feel included on this campus. Do your research on this school, or better yet, don't come here.