Brandeis University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Massachusetts


Brandeis University is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, about 9 miles from downtown Boston. Students can easily access the city through the commuter rail, subway, or free campus shuttle. Brandeis has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The university is consistently ranked highly in U.S. News and World Report. Established in 1948, Brandeis' academic achievements are remarkable for a university so young. Brandeis University takes pride in its Pulitzer Prize winning alumni and faculty, its 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and its successes in Division III athletics.

Most Popular Majors

American Studies, Biology, Economics, English, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 5327
Total Grad Students: 1986
Undergraduate Students: 3341
Faculty: 358

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Percent Male: 44%
Percent Female: 56%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

415 South St
Waltham Massachusetts 2454


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Main Phone: 781-736-2000

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:
There is no minimum GPA requirement. However, competitive transfer applicants typically have a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The minimum grade for any course receiving transfer credit is C-.

Credits (Min/Max):
Students may transfer a maximum of 64 credits (four full-time semesters) to Brandeis. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 16 courses in a minimum of four full-time fall or spring semesters at Brandeis.

Test Scores for Applying:
Transfer candidates are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, though it is recommended.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
A letter of recommendation from an academic professor is required. The College Official's Report from ALL colleges/universities you have attended as a degree-seeking student is required.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is required.

Application Fee:
There is a $55 application fee.

Other Requirements:
A Mid-Term Report is required for all students currently enrolled in college courses.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 28 32
English 28 33
Math 26 32
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 600 710
Math 630 740
Writing 630 720

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 447

Transfers Accepted: 207

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 46%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 40%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 6%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 1500

Room and Board: 12056

Tuition and Fees: 41860

Total Cost: 56416

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Brandeis meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, including international students.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? No

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5393

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 67%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 58%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 57%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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