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Brandeis University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1948
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 3,304
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $579,654,431
Admissions Address

415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.8
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Gil J. Villanueva
Admissions office telephone: (781) 736-3500
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.commonapp.org Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 1
Lab N/A 1
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 0
History N/A 1
Academic electives N/A 4
Total academic units N/A 16

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Very important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 36%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 63%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 35%
Total applicants: 7,640
Total acceptances: 2,776
Total freshman enrollment: 768
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 22%
Male applicants: 3,182
Male acceptances: 1,255
Male freshman enrollment: 352
Female applicants: 4,458
Female acceptances: 1,521
Female freshman enrollment: 416
Out-of-state freshmen: 77%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,168
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 469
Students enrolled from waiting list: 47

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 76%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 96%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 85%
Average high school GPA: 3.8
First-year students submitting GPA: 89%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 91%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 630 – 730
Math: 630 – 730
Combined: 1260 – 1460

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 41.0% 43.0%
600-699 45.0% 45.0%
500-599 11.0% 11.0%
400-499 3.0% 1.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 23%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 27 – 34
Math: 27 – 32
Composite: 27 – 32

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 49.0% 58.0% 46.0%
24-29 46.0% 35.0% 48.0%
18-23 5.0% 7.0% 6.0%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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