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BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

Waltham, MassachusettsLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1948Established Year
  5721Enrollment

Brandeis University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private research institute with its primary focus on iberal arts that is located 9 miles west of Boston, at Waltham Massachusetts. Consistently ranked among the top 35 universities of the US Education System by U.S. News and World Report. The university comprises five schools that provides an array of diverse courses at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.

The institute has more than 6,000 students from different parts of the world with a maximum enrolment in the undergraduate level across its College of Arts and Science. The university is also renowned for having professors who have won Pulitzer and Nobel Prize. Its School for Social Policy and Management is considered the first in the country to combine social welfare and policy.

Admissions at Brandeis University are available in different intakes and observe November 1 and January 1 as its early admissions and regular application deadline, respectively. The institute also charges a non refundable amount from 75 to 100 USD as an application fee for enrollment into its various courses. With an application count of nearly 12,000 every year, the university observes a low acceptance rate of around 31% and is one of the highly selective institutes for studying in the USA.

Rankings

Brandeis University has received the following rankings in various departments-

  • 40th Rank amongst National Universities by US News and World Report.
  • 1st Rank among US Business Schools for number of female students and faculty by The Financial Times.
  • Ranked among Best Business Schools in the World by The Princeton Review.
  • 30th Rank for Best Colleges for Global Studies in America.

Highlights

University TypePrivate
Campus SettingSuburban
Annual Endowment1.04 billion USD
Student Retention Rate94%
Work-study programYes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part time; online
Campus housing facility75%
Annual cost of Attendance70,943 USD

Prograns, Campus and Accommodation

Campus

  • The campus of the university spans across 235-acre, nine miles away from Boston. This huge campus consists of approximately 100 academic and residential buildings.
  • Brandeis University campus comprises all the safety related amenities, alongside educational essentials like libraries that consist of study and research material.
  • The institute promotes the culture of students’ clubs and organizations on campus with around 200 of them related to social organizations, activist groups, student leadership, radio stations, etc.
  • The organization also offers on campus transportation for all the members of the community to move around safely.
  • Waltham itself is a hub of theatre lovers and offers a great deal of restaurants. Boston, being an ultimate location for college can itself be an engagement for students’ city life. With its freedom trail or diversity in shops, Boston does not fail to take students by surprise.

Housing facilities/Residence

  • The university has an option for both on and off-campus residential preference. The campus comprises 19 residential areas with style of accommodation ranging from traditional, to suites, to apartments, which houses approximately 3,700 undergraduate students every year.
  • Students except for those entering the class midyear are guaranteed four-semesters of on-campus residence.
  • Some halls that students can choose for on-campus lodging are North Quad, Skyline, Ziv Quad, etc. The amenities do upgrade with the style of accommodation, but the internet, television, laundry, cleaning are some basics that are available irrespective.
  • First-year students primarily choose Massell or North as their abode.
  • Off-campus residence can be chosen using the jumpoffcampus.com directory, which provides information of the lodgings nearby. Other websites such as rent.com, boston.com, apartmentlist.com also provide useful data for off-campus residence.

Courses

  • The university offers numerous courses for international students including undergraduate programs in Anthropology, American Studies, Classical Studies, etc., alongside graduate programs in MBA, MSF, MA and MSBA. The university also provides doctoral degrees.
  • The institute is made up of 5 constituent members namely College of Arts and Sciences (for undergraduate courses), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis International Business School, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Rabb School of Continuing Studies, across which it provides a range of courses.
  • A special gateway program is available for international applicants that will equip them with the English competence required at the university. Upon completion of this program, the students join the first-year admissions.
  • International applicants popularly choose the Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance.
  • MBA can be taken up in the form of a traditional degree, accelerated course, dual degrees, or part- time courses.

Brandeis University Application Process

How to apply?

Application Portal: Common application

Application Fee: 80 USD (undergraduate), 100 USD (MSF, MBA), 75 USD (other graduate courses)

Application deadlines:

Some of the deadlines observed at the InStyle are as follows:

First-Year ApplicantsApplication DeadlineAdmission Notification
Early Decision INovember. 1December 15
Early Decision IIJanuary 1February 1
Regular DecisionJanuary 1April 1

Basic Admission Requirements

The following supporting documents are needed while submitting the application-

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. Official SAT or ACT scores (undergraduate), Official GRE or GMAT scores (graduate)
  3. Letters of Recommendation
  4. School profile (undergraduate)
  5. Resume (graduate)
  6. Work experience (graduate)
  7. Financial documentation
  8. Statement of purpose (graduate)
  9. English Language Proficiency Scores (TOEFL, IELTS, DET)

MBA program-specific requirements

MBA at Brandeis has some specific requirements such as-

  1. Posting a video essay answering why you do what to pursue the degree from Brandeis and what will be your contribution to the global business community.
  2. Work-experience of two years is a must.
  3. GRE or GMAT scores for tests taken within a five year time frame are mandatory. Official scores are needed only after you accept the admission offer.

Apart from the similar requirements of MBA and MSF, Master of Science in Finance also requires the applicants to have a grade not less than ‘B’. They must also be well-versed in the introductory course on finance.

Brandeis University Cost of Attendance

Annual tuition fee at the university on an average is approximately 57,360 USD. Other Expenses needed to be planned when applying for the institute constitute the cost of living. To aid your financial planning, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been tabulated below.

Expenditure areaEstimated expense
Tuition fee57,360 USD
Mandatory fee for all students1,890 USD
Room (basic)9,340 USD
Board7,040 USD
Total75,630 USD

*Note: The expense differs with the quality of living and therefore students can use the cost of attendance calculator at the official website to get an even accurate result. Tuition fees for the most sought after MBA program is 56,506 USD for an academic year.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

International students at the university are considered both for need-based grants and scholarships to study in the USA.. Scholarship criteria are mostly merit-based and students must apply for the same along with the admission process. Financial aid can be availed even later.

International students have to fill the International Student Certification of Finances and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile in order to be considered for any sort of financial aid. Along with the form, appropriate documentation of current financial status is needed in the form of Non-US Income Verification, Non-US Documentation of Cash, Savings and Investments and Parents' Business Tax Return.

Also, a noncustodial profile is mandatory for students whose parents are divorced or separated. The university gives more than 59 million USD per year for scholarships and grants.

Some of the studentships available at the instate are as follows:

  • Brandeis-Sponsored Merit Scholarships: Available for excellent academic achievers showing spectacular academic history. It includes awards like Dean, Trustee, Presidential, etc. that offer an award amount of 10,500 to 20,500 USD, per year.
  • Wien International Scholarship Program: Awarded to outstanding international students with great academic track record and showing financial need.
  • Martin Lutehr King Jr. Scholarship: offered to first year students on the basis of their academic and extracurricular performance in high school.

Alumni Network

Alumni at the university are granted some exclusive benefits that are as follows-

  • Hiatt Career Centre offers free services for a lifetime to students who have an undergraduate degree from Brandeis.
  • They can continue learning from Rabb School of Summer and Continuing Studies with discounted tuition rates.
  • Alumni can access the university library resources.
  • They can get a free paper transcript from the registrar’s office.
  • Furthermore, Brandeis University has also partnered with different programs and clubs that can be availed by alumni for a discounted rate.

Notable Alumni of the institute include,

  • Josh Block- CEO and President, the Israel Project.
  • Edward Dolnick, Author- ‘The Clockwork Universe’, ‘The Rescue Artist’, etc.
  • Brain Lash- Founder, Target Logistics.
  • Daniel Shapiro- former US ambassador to Israel.

Placements

Brandeis University organizes multiple career and industry fairs, such as Technology and Innovation Career Fair, Government and Public Services Fair, Business, Consulting and Finance Career Fair, etc.

Companies such as Google, Amazon, CREST, Deloitte, Sun Life Financial, etc. participate in such fairs to pick students for jobs as well as internships. About 92% job seekers from the MBA course reported securing a job through such placement fairs, whereas 100% placement rate was observed for internships and job combined.

MBA from the institute is a prestigious degree and does show a high rate of success in the placement area. A whopping sum of 92,000 USD is the average salary of a MBA degree holder from Brandeis University.

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Brandeis University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population6325
FAFSA Code002133
Application Cost$80
Accreditation NEASC
Average Cost of Attendance$53,260 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score137512801470 44%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing670630710-
Mathematics705650760-
ACTCheck Detailed Score312933 44%
English322934-
Mathematics312834-

Brandeis University Acceptance Rate

34.2%

Acceptance Rate

11721

Total Applicants

6325

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

43.2%

Male

56.8%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program34.2%
Total Applicants11307
Total Enrolled3869
Graduate
Graduate Programs34.2%
Total Applicants7177
Total Enrolled2456

Brandeis University Enrollment

Enrollment
Brandeis University Enrollment6325
Undergraduate Enrollment3869
Graduate Enrollment2456
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate90.5%

Attendance Cost

$53,260

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$53,260 / Year
Post Graduate Program$50,184 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,000 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$14,906 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$1,500 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$11,594 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$1,500 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,370 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$3,360 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
776947832986188
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    College rating

    based on 2 students ratings

    7.4/10

    9.5/10academic
    7/10infrastructure
    8.5/10placements
    9/10faculty
    5.5/10extracurricular
    5/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Sean martinos, UNITED STATES Biology
    Brandeis University
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    6.5
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    MY UNIVERSITY

    Mainly because of the cost, but the academics are also very strong here. there are lots of opportunities for undergrads who seek them out which is really beneficial. the population of the school is generally very intelligent which is also a plus.


    Course Curriculum - 

    it's difficult, but also the first time I feel challenged. I can't complain because I enjoy it a lot more than high school, but it is really difficult sometimes. the classes are much more interesting and the work is generally meaningful, except for some busywork.

    9 /10
    academic
    8 /10
    faculty
    7 /10
    infrastructure
    4 /10
    accomodation/food
    8 /10
    placement
    3 /10
    extracurricular
    22, Apr 2019 read more
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    Natalie james, USA Biochemistry
    Brandeis University
    Current student , Batch : 2023
    8.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    BRILLIANT BRANDEIS

    Brandeis provides amazing research opportunities, has a strong sense of community, an amazing campus, and push for social change. It is also located close to Boston and other colleges, but it is a smaller school and located more in nature which appeals to me.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I think it is great that they allow such a strong concentration o your chosen subject while also requiring other subjects. Even though it is a research university the curriculum could almost be compared to a liberal arts school. They see how important it is to create a well-rounded student.

    10 /10
    academic
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    faculty
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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
    9 /10
    placement
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    extracurricular
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    Charlesbank Shopping Center0.58 Km
    Main Street Marketplace1.24 Km
    Waltham Crossing2.45 Km
    Spencer Country Inn2.64 Km
    Linden Plaza3.28 Km
    Concord4 Km
    Shop Giordano4.71 Km
    Wal-Lex Shopping Center4.77 Km
    Waltham Plaza Shopping Center5.59 Km
    Lisa James Salon5.7 Km
    Needham Street Village Shops6.82 Km
    Lifestyle Place7.2 Km
    The Shops at 300 Needham7.35 Km
    Linden Square7.74 Km
    Lincoln Station7.75 Km
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    Market Basket1.76 Km
    La Chapincita Market1.82 Km
    Waltham India Market1.86 Km
    Family Dollar1.86 Km
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    Azteca Market2.15 Km
    Despensa Familiar2.29 Km
    Brothers Marketplace - Weston3.44 Km
    Brothers3.44 Km
    Russo's3.97 Km
    Waban Market4.85 Km
    Whole Foods Market4.98 Km
    Roche Bros. Wellesley7.66 Km
    Donelan's Supermarket7.79 Km
    Roksana Market (Super Hero's)7.92 Km
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    Gerolimo, Inc.2.29 Km
    Newtongerocab6.41 Km
    WCVB-TV Heliport7.28 Km
    Horizon Hill Heliport7.32 Km

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