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How Well Is Brandeis University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Brandeis University was awarded 84 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is anthropology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Brandeis is ranked #75 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Brandeis is also ranked #15 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Brandeis?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Brandeis University is a competitive 34%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 44% of students accepted to Brandeis submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 650 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brandeis University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Brandeis University  ( 650 to 760 )
Brandeis received ACT scores from 44% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Brandeis University  ( 29 to 33 )

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Brandeis University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Brandeis is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Brandeis University is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Brandeis University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Brandeis University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Brandeis for first-time, full-time students is 80%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  80 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Brandeis

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,639 undergraduates at Brandeis with 3,619 being full-time and 20 being part-time.

Brandeis Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 95.73 out of 100, Brandeis is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  95.73 out of 100
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How Much Does Brandeis University Cost?

The overall average net price of Brandeis is $37,688. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Brandeis

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,062 $20,205 $23,232 $33,580 $53,731

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Brandeis, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Brandeis, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,431 a year. That adds up to $29,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brandeis is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Brandeis Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Brandeis make about $57,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Brandeis graduates since it is 45% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Brandeis University make the most money.

Location of Brandeis University

Brandeis University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Brandeis University

Contact details for Brandeis are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone: 781-736-2000

Brandeis University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 50 majors graduated from Brandeis University. Of these students, 1,430 received undergraduate degrees and 939 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 188 $59,100
General Biology 135 $34,900
General Business/Commerce 133 $47,900
Child Development & Psychology 98 NA
Public Policy 96 $35,900
Computer Science 88 $70,400
Mathematics 83 NA
Political Science & Government 63 $39,700
Area Studies 61 $37,300
International Studies 57 $41,600

Learn more about the majors offered at Brandeis University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Brandeis

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 433 students took at least one online class at Brandeis University. This is a decrease from the 449 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 433 392
2016-2017 449 382
2015-2016 565 426
2014-2015 443 399
2013-2014 385 385

Learn more about online learning at Brandeis University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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