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

Academics: Professors are genuinely interested in getting to know the students, and the learning is just as influential outside of the classroom.

3 College Senior

Academics: It really depends of your major but like I said, the film major is what you make it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: No better professors or favcilities, especially for physical, natural, and social sciecnes, and law and business

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Biochemistry is extremely tough (as are all the sciences at Brandeis). The thing is, however, that most programs have an advisor behind them that can provide individualized help for anyone struggling to learn the material. Workload is manageable and perfect for anyone who truly seeks to learn the material in depth.

5 College Freshman

Academics: They are the best. Professors are brilliant and the facilities used for learning are top notch. There are people everywhere that seek to help you out whenever you need so falling behind should not be an issue. The amount of learning that takes place here is ridiculous, but never too much for anyone and just right for the curious mind.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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