So, you’re thinking about applying to Brandeis University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 33%, admission to Brandeis is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 30.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Brandeis admission statistics.
Brandeis Admissions Statistics
Brandeis’ acceptance rate in 2017 was 33%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 11,351 applicants, Brandeis admitted about 3,796. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.95, the average ACT score was 30, and the average SAT score was 1420.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 29, and the 75th percentile score was 33.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1340. The 75th percentile score was 1510.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Brandeis is very competitive. Even if Brandeis is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Brandeis' admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Brandeis Application Requirements
To apply to Brandeis, you’ll need to submit a completed Brandeis undergraduate application, your high school transcript, the $80 application fee, your SAT or ACT score (if you choose, as of 2013, Brandeis is a Test-Optional school), a high school mid-year report, a teacher letter of recommendation, an administrator letter of recommendation and School Report, and an Early Decision Agreement Form (if you're applying for Early Decision). Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 1st for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Submit a completed Brandeis undergraduate application
- Submit the $80 application fee
- Submit your SAT or ACT score (if you choose, as of 2013, Brandeis is a Test-Optional school)
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit high school mid-year report
- Submit a teacher letter of recommendation
- Submit an administrator letter of recommendation and School Report
- Submit an Early Decision Agreement Form (if you're applying for Early Decision)
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 1st for Regular Decision.
Have you been admitted to Brandeis? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Brandeis Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Brandeis, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 42% are male and 58% are female
- 21% of students are international
Brandeis has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 21%
- Underrepresented minority: 5.1%
- Two or more races: 3.6%
- White: 58%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Brandeis offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Brandeis Tuition Figures
At $68,125, Brandeis’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $39,162.
Here’s a fuller look at Brandeis tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $68,125
- Average financial aid package: $39,162
- The average student debt of a Brandeis graduate is $32,032
Now, what is life like at Brandeis? Let’s take a look.
Brandeis' main campus is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, which is located approximately nine miles west of Boston.
The school was established on the site of a previous school, Middlesex University, in 1948.
Remember, you’re going to Brandeis for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Brandeis has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Comparative Literature
- Creative Writing
- Film Studies
- Health Care Administration
- Hebrew Language and Literature
- Near and Middle Eastern Studies
- Political Science and Government
- Spanish Language and Literature
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Brandeis.
Student Life at Brandeis
Brandeis has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Brandeis' student activities:
- Argentine Tango Society (BATS)
- Brandeis Chinese Cultural Connection
- Free Play Theatre Cooperative
- Pokemon Club
- Triskelion (The GLBTQSA Alliance)
- Up The Octave
- Women of Color Alliance
- Brazilian Culture Club- BRASA at Brandeis
- Deis 3D: Brandeis 3D Printing Club
- Game Knight
- Queer Policy Alliance
- STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
- Project Plus One
- Where the Children Play (WTCP)
- Basement Records
- Mountain Club
- Yoga Club
Are you an athlete? Brandeis has got plenty of options for you.
Brandeis offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Brandeis’ sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Brandeis degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Brandeis has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman
- Academy Award-winning producer Michael Sugar
- Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde
- Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roderick MacKinnon
- Novelist Kathy Acker
- Composer Peter Child
- Actress Loretta Devine
- Theatre critic Margo Jefferson
- Record producer Jon Landau
- Venture capitalist Brian Hirsch
- Time Warner Executive Vice President Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson
- Actress Debra Messing
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Brandeis is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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