#12 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

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Brandeis University overview
Location Waltham, Massachusetts
Online brandeis.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Brandeis University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, approximately nine miles from Boston, is a private research university established in 1948. Named after the first Jewish Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Louis Brandeis, the university presents a suburban campus environment with a mix of traditional brick architecture and modern facilities. The campus offers a range of student housing options, including residence halls and suite-style living. Academically, Brandeis is known for its strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and its curriculum encourages interdisciplinary coursework. The university houses notable research institutions, such as the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the International Business School. Brandeis maintains a highly selective admissions process, and its relatively small undergraduate population allows for a low student-faculty ratio. While Brandeis does participate in NCAA Division III athletics, it is not specifically renowned for its sports programs.

In the most recent statistical year 9,917 prospective students applied, and 3,908 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 986 enrolled in the school.  5,145 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 436 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $61,724 plus fees of $598. Brandeis University is ranked 90 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Brandeis University is rated within the top 19% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Brandeis University overview
SAT 1370/1530
ACT 31/34
GPA 3.84

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Brandeis University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$598
Room and Board $17,092
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$81,914

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$66,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Brandeis University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 26%
Biology 13%
Ethnic Studies 9%
General Studies 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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