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Brandeis University Review

Founded in 1948, Brandeis University grew quickly to attain recognition as one of the most distinguished centers for research and education in the country. The private institution in Waltham, Massachusetts, was named after Louis Dembitz Brandeis, the first Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and classes conducted on the 235-acre campus have been coeducational since the university was founded.

Brandeis has long attracted exceptional academics to its student body, counting a Nobel laureate and three Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni, and the 2014 faculty rolls include multiple Pulitzer Prize winners and two recipients of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant." What's more, Brandeis has held membership in the Association of American Universities, which represents the top 61 research institutions in the U.S. and Canada, since its election to the prestigious group in 1985.

  • Total full-time undergraduate enrollment (2013): 3,614
  • Steps to admission:
    • Fill out either the Common Application, the Universal College Application or the Brandeis Application
    • Obtain and submit official copies of all high school transcripts or equivalency certification
    • Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers only)
    • Obtain and submit an official copy of national standardized test scores (optional for domestic applicants)
    • Send in any transcripts from postsecondary courses already completed
    • Enclose at least one letter of recommendation from an academic instructor and one from a high school official (two instructor letters for international students)
    • Pay a $75 application fee

Financial Aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid? 68.4 percent
Student Body Demographics
Sources: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics. Demographic data covers all enrolled students, including those at any campus of the university or studying online.
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Psychology students at Brandeis can earn degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level. Full-time master's degree candidates are expected to complete their graduate study in one year, provided they meet all the prerequisites for the program. Doctoral students can choose among several specializations in the domain of neurological, biological and behavioral research.


Undergraduate students in the Brandeis International Business School have the advantage of being able to take courses taught by graduate professors, alongside graduate-level business students who can bring invaluable real-world experience to the classroom environment. Students may also choose a 5-year BA/MBA program for an accelerated track to a master's level business education.


Brandeis maintains a well-balanced and inclusive campus, with a history of support for the arts and sciences, as well as a commitment to cultural diversity. The institution's Intercultural Center — where 18 diverse student organizations hold meetings, conduct lectures and throw parties — serves as a node of advocacy and support for social justice, safe discussion and the celebration of diversity in culture, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity.

What's more, approximately 11 percent of Brandeis students come from countries other than the U.S., and 32 percent of graduate students admitted in 2013 had international backgrounds. The student-teacher ratio at Brandeis is 10-1.

Brandeis also has a lively athletic culture, fielding nine men's and 10 women's varsity sports teams and having taken home NCAA Championship victories in men's soccer and men's cross country. The university's close proximity to Boston provides ample opportunities for world-class shopping, dining, sightseeing, arts and culture.

Brandeis maintains a well-balanced and inclusive campus, with a history of support for the arts and sciences, and a commitment of support to cultural diversity.

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Brandeis maintains excellent standing with university ranking agencies. U.S. News and World Report has counted it among the top 35 colleges in the country every year since rankings were first published in 1983, and the Princeton Review has long included Brandeis on its yearly Best Colleges list.

Here are some notable rankings that Brandeis has earned in recent years:

  • No. 27 among American private research universities (The Center for Measuring University Performance, 2011)
  • No. 1 master's degree in finance program in the United States (Financial Times, 2013)
  • No. 28 of 100 best value private universities (Kiplinger, 2014)
  • No. 74 of 650 U.S. universities (Forbes, 2014)
  • The Princeton Review (2015)
    • • Best Value Colleges -- Private
    • • Best Northeastern Colleges
    • • Best 377 Colleges
  • U.S. News and World Report (2015)
    • • No. 35 among national universities
    • • No. 32 among best value schools
    • • No. 9 among social policy graduate schools

Notable Colleges

The Brandeis International Business School made appearances on two 2015 lists published by U.S. News and World Report: best business schools in the country and best undergraduate business programs. The Master of Science in Finance program has been heralded by the Financial Times in 2013 as one of the top 25 programs of its kind in the world.

Another notable school at Brandeis is the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, which offers master's degrees in public policy, nonprofit management, international health policy and sustainable international development, among other disciplines. It also offers one of the few Ph.D. programs in social policy available in the United States, and it ranked among U.S. News and World Report's top 10 social policy graduate schools in 2015.

Notable Faculty/Awards
  • Bernadette Brooten, Professor of Christian Studies and MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow
  • Gina Turrigiano, Professor of Biology and MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow
  • David Hackett Fischer, University Professor of History and winner of 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Eileen McNamara, Professor of Journalism and winner of 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • Yehudi Wyner, Professor Emeritus of Composition, winner of 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Music and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Stuart Altman, Professor of National Health Policy and member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine

1. Brandeis University, http://www.brandeis.edu
2. Brandeis University, Princeton Review, http://www.princetonreview.com/BrandeisUniversity.aspx#/
3. Rankings, Master in Finance Pre-experience 2013, Financial Times, http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/masters-in-finance-pre-experience-2013.
4. Best Social Policy Programs, U.S. News and World Report, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/social-policy-rankings
5. Brandeis University, Overall Rankings, U.S. News and World Report, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/brandeis-university-165015/overall-rankings

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