Brandeis was founded in 1948 to provide an elite college for Jewish students. Its founding was supported by Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein and Abraham Maslow. It continues to fulfill that need, but Jewish students now make up less than half of the college’s 3600 undergrads and 1700 grad students. Brandeis boasts of research funding that is third in Massachusetts, after Harvard and MIT.
Neuroscience, Biology, Biochemistry, and physics are among the strong programs. Would-be MDs are given extraordinary support for preparation to med school, including lots of research opportunities on and off campus. Undergrads enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences, which requires them to complete courses in five academic areas. For study abroad, over 350 programs are available in 70 countries.
A senior thesis is optional, but required for an honors diploma.
To reflect Brandeis’s openness to students of all faiths, there are Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant chapels on campus and they are designed so that none of them ever cast a shadow on another one. The 200 Muslim students have their own prayer space as well.
The local town of Waltham is largely ignored by students, who can get to Boston or Cambridge via free shuttle buses or a commuter train.
Brandeis is test optional, but strong test scores will help for admissions and for merit aid, received by 10 to 15% of students. Those not submitting test scores submit a graded paper and one additional teacher recommendation, or subject tests. 30% of an entering class come from the two ED rounds.
They are very open to transfer students, who can receive aid.
– Admit rate, 35%
– Average GPA 3.84 (probably unweighted)
– Middle 50% ACT scores, 29-33
– Average % need met, 91%
– 5% of students had no need and received an average $17,895 merit award
– 77% of classes are under 30 students, 4% over 100