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Brandeis University Admission Essay

Types of Transportation Available to Campus

Logan International Airport in Boston is 15 miles from campus. To get to campus, you can a ride-sharing service, regular taxi, or airport shuttle and subway from the airport. The admissions website supplies information on these transportation possibilities. Greyhound buses and other bus lines serve Boston and the Riverside Terminal in Newton; from there you can take a taxi to campus. Commuter rail trains from Boston bring you within walking distance of campus.


Driving Instructions to Campus

From I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.) eastbound, take exit 14 for I-95/Rte. 128 and Rte. 30 exit in Weston. Follow the signs to Rte. 30 (exit 24); at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Rte. 30. Take the first right and continue to campus, which is 2 miles ahead on the left. From I-90 westbound, take exit 15 for I-95/Rte. 128 and Rte. 30. After the tollgate, go straight. At the top of the ramp, turn right; at the traffic light, turn right, and at the next traffic light, turn left. Campus is 2 miles ahead on the left. From Rte. 128/I-95 northbound, take Exit 24. At the top of the ramp, turn left onto Rte. 30; take the first right; campus is 2 miles ahead on the left. From Rte. 128/I-95 southbound, take Exit 24. At the traffic light, go straight; campus is 2 miles ahead on the left.


Local Accommodations

The Courtyard Marriott (387 Winter St; 866-419-0999) and the Holiday Inn Express (385 Winter St; 800-824-2538) have a special rate for university visitors. The Best Western TLC (477 Totten Pond Rd.; 781-890-7800 or 800-424-2900), Double Tree Guest Suites (550 Winter St.; 617-890-6767), and the Westin Hotel (70 3rd Ave.; 781-290-5600 or 800-332-3773) are also close to campus.

First-Year Students

If you are applying as a first-year student, the following are the required components of your Brandeis application:

  • Completed Brandeis undergraduate application.
  • Official copies of all high school transcripts and/or GED certificate. Transcripts must include official grades from ninth through eleventh grade to complete this required component. 
  • Official copy of SAT I scores or the official ACT scores in lieu of all SAT test scores.
    • Please note that as of July 1, 2013, Brandeis has adopted a "test-optional policy," which means that domestic and Canadian applicants to Brandeis are not required to submit standardized test scores. Check our Test-Optional Policy page for more information.
  • Official transcript(s) of any course(s) taken at the post-secondary school level.
  • Mid-year report from senior year which includes grades for all classes. For Early Decision I students, first quarter or first trimester grades will fulfill this requirement.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher who has instructed you in a core academic course.
  • A School Report and a letter of recommendation from a secondary school official.
  • If you are applying as an Early Decision I or Early Decision II applicant, a completed Early Decision Agreement Form.
  • $80 Application Fee

International Students

If you are an international student, the following are additional required components of your Brandeis application:

  • Mid-year report from senior year which includes grades for all classes. For Early Decision I students, first quarter or first trimester grades will fulfill this requirement.
  • Marks from national exams. If the original document is not in English, please submit both the original document and an English translation.
  • If English is not your native language, you should submit results from either the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • An additional teacher recommendation. (This means that, as an international student, you are required to submit two teacher recommendations and one letter of recommendation from a secondary school official.)
  • $80 Application Fee
  • Financial documentation:
    • If you are applying for financial assistance, you must submit:
      • CSS Profile or International Financial Aid Application
    • If you not are applying for financial assistance, you must submit:
      • Certification of Finances for International Students

Transfer Students

If you are applying as a transfer student, the following are the required components of your Brandeis application:

  • Completed Brandeis undergraduate application.
  • Official copies of your final high school transcripts and/or GED certificate.
  • Official college transcript(s) from all post-secondary school institutions that you attended.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic professor who has instructed you in a core academic course.
  • A College Official’s Report from all colleges/universities you have attended as a degree-seeking student.
  • Mid-Term Report (strongly recommended for all students currently enrolled in college courses, but not required)
  • International transfer candidates who do not speak English as a first language are required to submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • $80 Application Fee
  • Financial documentation:
    • If you are a domestic student applying for financial assistance, you must submit the CSS Profile, FAFSA, and tax returns for both you and your parent(s)
    • If you are an international student applying for financial assistance, you must submit the CSS Profile or International Financial Aid Application
    • If you are an international student not applying for financial assistance, you must submit the Certification of Finances Form

SAT and ACT scores are recommended for transfer applicants, but they are not required.


Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program

If you are applying to the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP), review the applying to MKTYP webpage.

Undocumented Students

Undocumented/out-of status students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status are welcome to apply and will be given full consideration for admission. These students will be considered for both merit and need-based aid. All undocumented students who are applying to Brandeis must submit the CSS Profile to provide us with the financial information needed for aid consideration.

Verification of Credentials

Brandeis University values academic integrity and takes strides to verify the validity of all application materials. The Admissions Committee continually evaluates and assesses the veracity of credentials; and when falsified application materials are discovered during the admissions process, the applicant is denied admission. Discovery of falsified or misleading application materials after admission, after enrollment, and even after graduation, may result in the withdrawal of the University's offer of admission, the student’s withdrawal from Brandeis University or the revocation of any degree conferred by the university, as deemed appropriate by the Admissions Committee.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Brandeis University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's race; color; ancestry; religious creed; gender identity and expression; national or ethnic origin; sex; sexual orientation; age; genetic information; disability; Vietnam-era veteran, qualified special, disabled veteran, or other eligible veteran status; or any other category protected by law.

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