Brandeis University is a medium-sized private research university located just west of Boston, Massachusetts.

The residential campus is a dynamic and diverse learning community known for its vibrant, free-thinking intellectual atmosphere.

The University is named for the late Louis D. Brandeis, the distinguished associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, and reflects the values of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, and concern for the world that he personified.

The University enrolls 3,600 undergraduates and 1,800 graduate students. U.S. News & World Report has continuously ranked Brandeis University among the most selective national universities. International students comprise close to 20 percent of the student body.

Basic Details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Campus Setting: Suburban 
  • Type of Institution: Private

Admissions Information and Areas of Study Offered

  • Percentage of Students Admitted: 35%
  • Average ACT Range: 28-31
  • Average SAT Range: 1950-2200 (with writing included)
  • Test Optional?: No
  • Common Application Accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of Study Offered Include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Physiology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology
  • Full List of Majors Available:


  • International Students are Eligible for: Need-based aid, Merit/talent-based scholarship
  • Estimated Yearly Cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $64,000


  • Athletic Association for the Majority of Sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity Sports: Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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