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

Weather: Winter can certainly be long and cold, but the snowfall really looks good on the campus. It's no different than any other New England University.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's cold most of the year, but not too much rain or snow.

2 College Senior

Weather: The winter sucks; it snows quite a bit and is really cold. The spring, summer and fall are nice.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England, so there are cold winters, but when there are snow storms, the walkways usually get shoved fast. It's nice during the fall and spring, but during the summer/really hot days, some dorms do not have air conditioning, so it can get pretty uncomfortable in the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Weather: COLD. I'm from New England so I'm more comfortable with it than most people. If you don't like the cold, don't come here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 151st
    Coldest Winters
  • 355th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Hometown
Floral Park, NY
Major
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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In New England there's a common saying: "Don't like the weather? Wait a few minutes. It'll change." It’s all too common to have freezing temperatures one morning, then have a beautiful 60 degree afternoon the following day. When students first move in at the end of August, they often wonder why they didn’t bring more summer clothes. Then, about two weeks into September, the leaves start falling and the sweatshirts come out. The scenery is beautiful, and everything seems nice. Then in November, it starts to get cold—and that’s when the snow usually comes in. In Boston, students soon learn that Chapstick, hot cocoa, instant noodles, and hand lotion are just as essential to bearing the winter as gloves, tassle hats, and scarves.

Around March, the weather finally starts to warm up. After the snow stops, the rain begins. Brandeis has horrible drainage problems, so rain boots are a must. Around mid-April it finally starts to get warm—New England springs are quite beautiful. During these months, the “Great Lawn” outside of the Shapiro Campus Center is filled with people who are playing Frisbee, sunbathing, and enjoying themselves. Some professors even choose to move their classes outdoors on these exceptionally nice days. Everyone’s self-esteem gets a big boost around this time of year—and the sheer joy lasts all the way until it is time for finals.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 36 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 58 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 40 °F
Winter - High: 38 °F
Winter - Low: 19 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.99 in./month
Summer: 3.66 in./month
Fall: 4.12 in./month
Winter: 3.88 in./month
What to Pack
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Rain boots
  • Scarf
  • Sweatshirts
  • Winter coat
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