Brandeis University

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.

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Brandeis University
415 South St
Waltham , MA 02454-9110
General Phone: (781) 736-2000

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Brandeis Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts709American studies, East Asian studies, European studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, ...
Science166biology, biochemistry, biophysics, call and molecular biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering119computer science, computer support
Business and Management108business administration, finance, international finance, investments and securities, international business
Therapy and Counseling93psychology, genetic counseling
Medical Administration80health care administration
Family and Social Work80community organization, public policy analysis, social service professions
Medicine44neuroscience, pre-med
Fine Arts38fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts31drama, theatre design, acting
Music25music, music theory and composition, musicology
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy
Education and Teaching8elementary school teaching, teacher ed, foreign language teaching
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Brandeis in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree82643
Master's degree59642
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship8421
Postbaccalaureate certificate287

Brandeis Student Body

In 2007-2008, Brandeis had a total enrollment of 5,333 students (5,894 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 58%
Graduate 42%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 44%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 28%
(Foreign Students) 15%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 29%
22-24 12%
25-29 11%
30-34 9%
35-39 5%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York19%
New Jersey10%
(International Students)10%
New Hampshire2%
North Carolina1%

Brandeis Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

Brandeis Room and Board (2007)

Brandeis offers campus housing for 2,669 of its 5,894 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Waltham, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Brandeis Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal630720
SAT Math650740
ACT Verbal2732
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2832

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Brandeis Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,294
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,294
Room and board $ 10,354
Room charge $ 5,808
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,546
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Brandeis participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 213300)

Brandeis Faculty

Brandeis has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*2*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$150,6178$123,861

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year117$120,59238$121,038
Associate professoracademic year42$87,73531$84,513
Assistant professoracademic year38$78,00439$78,319
Lectureracademic year21$58,69322$51,204
All faculty totalacademic year218$100,875130$87,694

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Brandeis Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball University Athletic Association
Baseball University Athletic Association
Track University Athletic Association

Brandeis Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Finance
Investments and Securities

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American History (United States)
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
Hebrew Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International Economics
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General

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