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Brandeis University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Brandeis University Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Brandeis University was awarded 460 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

Brandeis landed the #102 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Brandeis held the #114 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Brandeis is also ranked #13 out of 63 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Brandeis?

Acceptance Rate

Brandeis University has an acceptance rate of 33%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Brandeis.

Average Test Scores

About 62% of students accepted to Brandeis submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 720. Math scores were between 680 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brandeis University  ( 640 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Brandeis University  ( 680 to 790 )
Brandeis received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Brandeis University  ( 31 to 33 )

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Brandeis University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Brandeis is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Brandeis University is 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Brandeis University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Brandeis University has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Brandeis for first-time, full-time students is 80%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  80 out of 100

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Brandeis University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,493 undergraduates at Brandeis with 3,465 being full-time and 28 being part-time.

How Much Does Brandeis University Cost?

The overall average net price of Brandeis is $33,663. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Brandeis

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,389 $19,186 $24,183 $27,781 $51,870

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Brandeis, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Brandeis, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $5,451 a year. That adds up to $21,804 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brandeis is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Brandeis Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Brandeis with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $70,327 in their early years. This is good news for future Brandeis graduates since it is 66% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Brandeis University make the most money.

Location of Brandeis University

Brandeis University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Brandeis are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone: 781-736-2000

Brandeis University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 50 majors graduated from Brandeis University. Of these students, 1,395 received undergraduate degrees and 934 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 160 $55,105
General Biology 135 $33,914
Public Policy 113 $40,376
General Business/Commerce 100 $62,010
Computer Science 86 $84,340
Child Development & Psychology 78 $40,643
International Studies 66 $40,384
Area Studies 64 $38,853
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 53 $33,809
Political Science & Government 52 $42,983

Learn more about the majors offered at Brandeis University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Brandeis

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 5,438 students took at least one online class at Brandeis University. This is an increase from the 380 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,438 2,715
2018-2019 380 339
2017-2018 433 392
2016-2017 449 382
2015-2016 565 426

Learn more about online learning at Brandeis University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.