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Study at Brandeis University

Brandeis University is a private research university located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was established as a coeducational institution in 1948 on the location of the former Middlesex University. The university is named after the first Jewish Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Louis Dembitz Brandeis. It enrolls more than 3, 000 undergraduate and over 2, 000 graduate students every semester. Brandeis offers an array of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • Brandeis International Business School
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Rabb School of Summer and Continuing Studies
The university sponsors the Wien International Scholarship for international undergraduate students. Brandeis's athletic teams are nicknamed the Judges. They compete in the University Athletic Association conference of the NCAA's Division III.

Profile of Brandeis University

Brandeis is located in a small city, in Waltham, MA. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Brandeis top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about the school is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at Brandeis often study mathematics, science, computer science and engineering, medical administration, and liberal arts.

Brandeis Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. In 2007, 64% of applicants were rejected at Brandeis. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 630 to 730 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 730 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at Brandeis benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, Brandeis tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

The school offers classes to 5, 333 students (4, 960 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Brandeis serves primarily full-time students. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Brandeis does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in University Athletic Association competitions.

Brandeis Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts740economics, international economics, international development, political science and government, English, American studies, sociology, history, . . .
Science178biology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomical sciences, physics, biological and biomedical sciences, biophysics
Computer Science and Engineering123computer support, computer science
Therapy and Counselling86psychology
Family and Social Work74public policy analysis, social service professions, community organization, human services, youth services
Business and Management64international business, finance, international finance, investments and securities
Medical administration51health care administration
Medicine35neuroscience, pre-med, medical preparatory
Fine Arts29fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts24drama, theatre design, acting
Religion and Philosophy18philosophy
Music17music theory and composition, music, musicology
Education and Teaching12teacher ed, foreign language teaching

Contact: Brandeis

Brandeis University

415 South St

Waltham, MA 02454-9110

General Phone: (781) 736-2000


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