A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Brandeis University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454

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
1250-1470
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$30,383/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,565/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,611/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,920/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,826/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,230/ year

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
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,602Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    37%
  • Passionate
    23%
  • Intelligent
    20%
  • Open-minded
    17%
  • Weird
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
49%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.55 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Social Justice
    52%
  • Awk
    16%
  • Do your own thing
    16%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Pursue your interests
    6%
  • Hypocritical
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
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 gave me everything it promised and more during my first semester as a student. I have been exposed to a wide range of highly challenging courses with top notch professors who are dedicated to their students' success. The campus is very well groomed, student life is full of a wide range of consistently active clubs and events, the students here are generally outgoing and diverse, and the entire university is dedicated to the social awareness of its impact on the world.
What I would like to see more of is administratively led social diversity where not only the diversity of the student body is promoted, but also of the faculty.
Also, the standards of our food desperately need to be higher in quality and nutrition not only within the dining halls, but also within the campus grocery stores especially for those who do not have the ability to take themselves food shopping off-campus
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There are some good things about Brandeis and many bad things. Unfortunately, lately there seem to be many more negatives than positives particularly in Computer Science. Firstly, if you are considering going to Brandeis for computer science I urge you to STRONGLY reconsider. In general classes are huge 100+ people and you'll most definitely have undergraduate TA's grading your work. Professors are very inaccessible and will almost always redirect to their under grad TA's before letting you speak to them. Secondly, the course selection is mediocre at best and poor at worst. Absolutely, no coverage of Hardware or Cyber Security at all. Almost all classes are very theoretical too (not a bad thing if you are looking for grad work but not so good if your focus is software engineering). If you are in the Liberal Arts however things are generally much better. In Liberal Arts you do actually get the small classes they brag about. Campus is very 'politically correct' and thus you must tread carefully or may be 'written up'. Despite being interested in Social Justice administration has no problem raising tuition and cutting your fin aid every chance they get. Housing is old and in need of renovation. Dining is very bad and in general getting worse every (see about this in the dining section). Administration uses dining as a chance to soak even more money out of you. Mail room is awful. This may seem minor but imagine all your prime packages getting to you a week after they are delivered. Location is not great but not awful. You are near Boston but it is still a chore to get into. Partying/Greek Life is very bad in general. Frat parties are okay but definitely not good. Sometimes there are good house parties. Altogether not a great school. I would recommend only coming if you plan on majoring in the liberal arts and are a hardcore social justice type.
Housing is bad for the most part. Most dorms haven't been updated in 50+ years and this definitely shows. Dorms aren't themselves bad just amenities. No AC and elevators in any of the freshman and sophomore dorms, as well as good chunk of upperclassman housing. $2500+ Meal plan is mandatory for everyone living on campus all four years regardless if your dorm has a kitchen. Lottery process is annoying and almost always results in backstabbing. People with good numbers can pull in their close friends and thereby form roommate groups. They then select housing based on their lottery number. The problem arises when the dorm they are aiming for runs out before there number. Then say the roommate group was five people but the only good housing left is for four people. Well then someone is going be booted. There are a few really modern and recent dorms on campus for upperclassmen but to get them you generally need a number in the top 75 (out of 2000) or you need to be friends with someone who does.