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Date:March 22, 2013

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

Average GPA: 3.74

Average SAT score: 2030

Average ACT score: 30

Minimum TOEFL score: 100

Founded in 1948, this private research university maintains a liberal arts focus and has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by the U.S. News & World Report since the rankings began. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis spans 235 acres and comprises over 100 academic and residential buildings, many of which provide stunning views of the Boston skyline. The school is academically oriented, with almost 80% of freshmen entering from the top 10% of their high school classes. The sciences account for some of the most rigorous offerings, with extensive access to research opportunities. The 175,000 square foot facility has laboratories, classrooms, and a café. Some of the most renowned programs in Brandeis include Economics, Biology, and Psychology. Brandeis is home to 250 clubs and organizations involved in arts, culture, and political activism. Popular choices range from Students Organized Against Racism to the Argentine Tango Society. Sports wise, Brandeis has over 20 Division III teams, winning national titles in men’s soccer and men’s cross-country. There are 20 club sports, including martial arts, archery, and cheerleading; while intramural sports include indoor and outdoor soccer, tennis, volleyball, squash, basketball and dodge ball. Politically, the campus leans towards the liberal side. The campus-wide philosophy is one of “non-exclusion,” and students are eager to agree that all groups tend to feel welcome. There are no official Brandeis-sanctioned fraternities and sororities, and “Greek life really isn’t big on campus,” says a student. However, if students are ever bored of Waltham, Boston is nearby, one of the greatest college cities in the nation, with restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping, cultural fairs and professional athletic events waiting to be explored.

Famous Alumni: Debra Messing (Emmy Award-winning actress), Tim Morehouse (Olympic fencer), David Crane and Marta Kauffman (co-creators of TV series Friends)

Common App school: 1 letter of recommendation (2 letters required of international students), transcript, testing score reports + financial support documentation