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Brandeis University

Brandeis, located nine miles west of Boston, is the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the nation. Its enrollment is about 5,500, including 3,600 undergrads, and its student-faculty ratio is about 10 to 1. Named for the late U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis D. Brandeis, the school characterizes itself as "a rare combination of a liberal arts college and a global research university." Undergrads in its College of Arts and Sciences have a choice of over 40 majors and 45 minors, and the university says that nearly half of them "pursue a double major, often in fields on opposite ends of the academic spectrum." The truly ambitious, or those who simply want to hedge their bets, can even triple major and triple minor. Located on a 235-acre campus in suburban Waltham, Massachusetts, the campus has over 260 student groups and about 20 varsity sports.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$72,600
% of students who get any grants
57%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$34,500
Average price for low-income students
$13,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
33%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,869
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
96%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$15,200
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$55,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
51%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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