Brandeis University

938 reviews
  1. Waltham, MA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Brandeis University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454

Brandeis University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
35%
SAT Range
1250-1480
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$26,367/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,311/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,429/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,108/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,514/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,442/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.67 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,711Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    37%
  • Passionate
    23%
  • Intelligent
    20%
  • Open-minded
    17%
  • Weird
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
49%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.55 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Social Justice
    52%
  • Awk
    16%
  • Do your own thing
    16%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Pursue your interests
    6%
  • Hypocritical
    3%

After Brandeis University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses

Reviews

938 reviews
  • Excellent
    109
  • Very Good
    334
  • Average
    394
  • Poor
    73
  • Terrible
    28
I was very impressed with the staff and students we were in contact with during our informational seminar and tour. I signed up for lunch with a student to see a little more "through the eyes of a student".
I also registered for an interview, which I enjoyed immensely! The interviewer was a student in her senior year and was ver personable. I have toured 6 schools so far, but I really felt this school would be a great fir for me!
  • Niche User
  • 9 days ago
There are some good things about Brandeis and many bad things. Unfortunately, lately there seem to be many more negatives than positives particularly in Computer Science. Firstly, if you are considering going to Brandeis for computer science I urge you to STRONGLY reconsider. In general classes are huge 100+ people and you'll most definitely have undergraduate TA's grading your work. Professors are very inaccessible and will almost always redirect to their under grad TA's before letting you speak to them. Secondly, the course selection is mediocre at best and poor at worst. Absolutely, no coverage of Hardware or Cyber Security at all. Almost all classes are very theoretical too (not a bad thing if you are looking for grad work but not so good if your focus is software engineering). If you are in the Liberal Arts however things are generally much better. In Liberal Arts you do actually get the small classes they brag about. Campus is very 'politically correct' and thus you must tread carefully or may be 'written up'. Despite being interested in Social Justice administration has no problem raising tuition and cutting your fin aid every chance they get. Housing is old and in need of renovation. Dining is very bad and in general getting worse every (see about this in the dining section). Administration uses dining as a chance to soak even more money out of you. Mail room is awful. This may seem minor but imagine all your prime packages getting to you a week after they are delivered. Location is not great but not awful. You are near Boston but it is still a chore to get into. Partying/Greek Life is very bad in general. Frat parties are okay but definitely not good. Sometimes there are good house parties. Altogether not a great school. I would recommend only coming if you plan on majoring in the liberal arts and are a hardcore social justice type.
  • College Senior
  • 3 months ago
The social life sucks here so much, that it makes my preschool look like a party school. The parties are horrible: too crowded, bad music, and nobody knows how to dance. Even if you don't like to party, finding things to do on campus besides homework is usually a struggle. On most Fridays nights when I ask someone if they want to hang out their response ranges from, I got to do homework, to I have to study for this test I have in a month. Most weekends I often find myself asking, "where did all the people go?" with the response being, "they're all in the library." The academics are pretty solid, but unless you find gong to the library enjoyable, I would suggest going to another school. Eating off campus is a must otherwise you may go into good food withdrawal. Quirky, weird, or strange seem to be the words that best captures most students at Brandeis. Between the obsession over social justice and Quidditch I often question why I ever chose to go here in the first place.
  • Freshman
  • 1 month ago