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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
    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 3,619 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Brandeis acceptance rate is 31%. Popular majors include Economics, Biology, and Business. Graduating 88% of students, Brandeis alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,700.
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association

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
31%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1280-1500
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$39,735/ 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
$31,085/ 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
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    100%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,619Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
20
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    34%
  • Passionate
    25%
  • Intelligent
    19%
  • Open-minded
    16%
  • Weird
    6%

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.57 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Social Justice
    52%
  • Awk
    15%
  • Do your own thing
    15%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Hypocritical
    6%
  • Pursue your interests
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
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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I love my first year here in Brandeis! The professors here really know what they are doing and really passionate about their teaching. You can get any academic help as long as you reach for it. Most people I met are nice and welcome. However, we are not a party school indeed. The most common place for socializing is the library lol. The only thing I can complain about is the food. The dinning is terrible and no improved for many years.
Brandeis is an excellent school for academics, diversity, and social justice activities. Students are noticeably welcoming and kind. Brandeis emphasizes inclusion and provides countless clubs to ensure that every person is able to find their niche. Most Brandeis students are overachievers, which means that they have a tendency to over commit and over work. This can be frustrating if you are looking for a school where socializing at parties is a priority. The school does not have Greek life or a strong focus on athletics, so a lot of social events take place in student dorms or at club events. Since it is a university, administrative changes requested by students do take time to happen, but for the most part, the administration tries to be aware of student issues and accommodate as needed. Overall, Brandeis is a school where you will be sure to meet intelligent, motivated people who will become leaders and lifelong friends.