Academics

Location
Waltham, MA
Undergrads
3,563
Tuition
$44,294
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Senior

Academics: People come to Brandeis for the professors. Brandeis hires incredibly intelligent people that truly love to teach. Teachers are generally very helpful, and there are a number of academic resources available to students. Brandeis is a place where students build special relationships with professors, which can be extremely helpful for college recommendation letters. The workload is going to be quite heavy. I've made the mistake of taking a class that I assumed would be "easy," only to find out that every subject is taught by professionals and taken quite seriously. Don't take classes like intro to drawing on the assumption that it's an "easy A" class. There is no such thing as an "easy A" class at Brandeis. You will learn a lot if you put in the effort. A lot of the higher level courses are competitive to get into, but you have the ability to truly have an amazing academic experience at Brandeis.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: If you are determined, you can get into almost any class you want if you have the pre-reqs. Professors are usually helpful, informative, and some of the best in their field.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a biochemistry major. Most of the science programs at Brandeis are really great. Though people complain about labs, they provide a ton of resources and hands-on experience. But if you struggled with chemistry or physics in high school, you should consider a different major. A lot of freshmen come in thinking they want to be pre-med and end up switching. It's generally a lot easier to figure out your strengths early on.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of student teacher interaction, small classes, professors really care about you and the office hours are flexible. The workload is fine, you just have to manage your time well. Everyone goes to the library to study.

College Sophomore

Academics: Im undecided at the moment

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 42nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 62nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 150th
    Most Available Classes
  • 193rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 242nd
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Hometown
Floral Park, NY
Major
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Students at Brandeis usually find their classes to be interesting and challenging. Most professors at Brandeis are good teachers who are very well versed in their subject matter, and they pride themselves on being available when students need them. There are numerous academic and research opportunities available to undergraduates, as well as graduates. Grad students and TAs do not usually teach classes, except for the optional USEM (University Seminar) and the UWS (University Writing Seminar), which are only required for freshmen. In addition to TAs and graduate assistants, Brandeis also has "Roosevelt Fellows." Roosevelt Fellows are exceptional undergraduate students who offer advice to their peers on which classes to enroll in.

Brandeis' peer tutoring service, BUGS, is also available for many different classes and offers an alternative to visiting TAs, grad students, or Roosevelt Fellows. For students who need extra help, the small Brandeis student body and the professors' dedication allows for one-on-one contact outside of class. However, the students must take initiative to meet with their professors.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
364
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
177
Total FT Faculty
373
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,510
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
72
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 61%
  • 20 to 49 students: 30%
  • 50 or more students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Brandeis International Business School
  • College of Arts and Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • International Economics: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Study abroad
Online Courses
Some online courses are offered via the Brandeis LATTE Web site.
Best Places to Study
  • Goldfarb/Farber Library
  • Intercultural Center
  • Lounges
  • Shapiro Campus Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be intimidated by all the Jewish people. If you're not religious or not Jewish, you'll be fine. It's a very comfortable atmosphere, no matter your background.
  • Get involved early and often, but do not overextend yourself. Your grades and your health will suffer from lack of free time and lack of sleep.
  • If you're a morning person, schedule early classes. If you aren't, do not schedule a 9 a.m. because of temptation to skip.
  • Open up your mind. Brandeis is very open to a lot of ideas, and if you stay very closed-minded you'll be swallowed alive.
  • Take classes with friends, and take classes at times you like. You have to take a lot of classes to graduate. Take as many classes as you can with your friends because it always helps. They can give you notes when you're out, they're good study buddies, and you'll always have someone to sit next to during class.
Did You Know?
  • Brandeis typically does not allow students to graduate a year early.
  • If you don't see a major you like, you can design your own Independent Interdisciplinary major. Brandeis also added a film studies major and is in the process of creating a business major.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 45 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 24% Marta Kauffman - co-creator of "Friends"
  • 18% Mitch Albom - author of "Tuesdays with Morrie"
  • 18% David Crane - co-creator of "Friends"
  • 12% Debra Messing - actress
  • 6% Thomas L. Friedman - Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • 6% Roderick MacKinnon - Nobel Prize winner, chemistry
  • 6% Shen Tong - established the Olympic Institute
  • 6% Gary David Goldberg - TV creator/producer
  • 6% Abraham Maslow- psychologist
  • 0% Marshall Herskovitz - producer/screenwriter
  • 0% Michael Walzer - political philosopher

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 46 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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