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Brandeis University Admission Requirements

Waltham, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Brandeis University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
33%
Admission Difficulty for Brandeis University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into Brandeis University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Brandeis University is 33%.  It ranks #12 in Massachusetts and #101 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Brandeis University is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 3,414 out of 10,223 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent (SAT 1320/1510 ACT 31/33). Brandeis University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 3.84. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Brandeis University application fee is $80 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Brandeis University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 69% of students submitted SAT scores and 32% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Brandeis University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1320-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT 
69%
SAT Scores for Brandeis University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 680
SAT Composite 25th 1320
SAT Scores for Brandeis University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1420

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Brandeis University?

Brandeis University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1320 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1220. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. Brandeis University ranks #9 in Massachusetts and #51 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Brandeis University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1510 and Above Good >48%
1415 to 1510 Avg + 33%-48%
1320 to 1415 Avg - 21%-33%
1225 to 1320 Reach 12%-21%
Less than 1225 Low <12%
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Brandeis University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
31-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
32%
ACT Scores for Brandeis University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Brandeis University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Brandeis University?

Admission data indicates that Brandeis University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #9 in Massachusetts and #43 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 32 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Brandeis University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Brandeis University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >48%
32 to 33 Avg + 33%-48%
31 to 32 Avg - 21%-33%
30 to 31 Reach 12%-21%
Less than 30 Low <12%
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Brandeis University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
3.84
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Brandeis University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Brandeis University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Brandeis University was 3.84 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #14 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Brandeis University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Brandeis University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 32.79% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.38% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 20.59% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 10.15% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 4.71% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.09% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.29% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

59% of Brandeis University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Brandeis University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 59%
Top 25% of class 85%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Brandeis University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,084 4,139 10,223
Accepted 1,290 2,124 3,414
Acceptance Rate 21% 51% 33%
Enrolled 429 321 750
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 15% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
41

Applicants have 41 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Brandeis University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Brandeis University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Brandeis University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Brandeis University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=165015 IPEDS survey data for Brandeis University.

FAQs

Does Brandeis University prefer SAT or ACT?

69% of students submit their SAT scores to Brandeis University. 32% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Brandeis University?

33% of those who apply are granted admission to Brandeis University. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Brandeis University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1320 and 1510. 69% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Brandeis University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 33. 32% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.