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Brandeis University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 22 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

53% Women
47% Men


NCAA Division III (without football)

University Athletic Association

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $75,513)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $68,970)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 27 18 - -
Baseball 26 - - -
Basketball 16 18 - Yes
Fencing 19 15 - -
Soccer 32 24 - Yes
Softball - 14 - Yes
Tennis 13 10 - Yes
Volleyball - 10 Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Equestrian - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Polo - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7.9%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.4%
Hispanic 3.8%
Non-resident alien 18.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 23.6%
Two or more races 0.5%
White/non-Hispanic 42.3%
Percent of students with disability 8%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 14

Notable Alumni

  • David Crane [Class of 79], co-creator of "Friends"
  • Debra Messing [Class of 90] , actress
  • Gary David Goldberg, creator and producer of "Family Ties" and "Spin City"
  • Marshall Herskovitz [Class of 73], Producer/screenwriter for "The Last Samurai"; producer of "Traffic"
  • Marta Kauffman [Class of 78] co-creator of "Friends"
  • Michael Walzer [Class of 56], one of the foremost "thinkers" of our time
  • Roderick MacKinnon [Class of 78] , 2003 recipient for the Nobel Prize in chemistry
  • Shen Tong [Class of 91] , established the Olympic Institute, which became a cornerstone of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations
  • Thomas L. Friedman [Class of '75] , Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist
  • Mitch Albom [Class of 79], author of "Tuesdays with Morrie"
Reviews Dorm Life
  • ManOfLaMancha
  • 4
  • The dorms at Brandeis are eclectic to say the least. The division between grades is evident for underclassmen, with freshmen living by themselves. Once you get to sophomore year however,…

  • Jan-10-2012 Read More
  • Alexandra from Seattle, WA
  • 4
  • Dorming is really fun. I was always very nervous about sharing a room because I was an only child but it turned out great. Brandeis has great dorming options, not…

  • Jun-01-2012 Read More
  • Danielle from Milford, NJ
  • 4
  • Aside from loud heating units, the dorms are very nice. Community Advisors do a great job of fostering a sense of community for the hallway.…

  • Dec-26-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 2
  • Anna
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    Dining halls are quite dirty and plates, bowls, and silverware are not cleaned well at all; you can normally still see residue on them. The dish washing belt in Sherman Dining Hall breaks so often that they usually set out crates to put dirty plates and bowls in but the area is so small to navigate through and it's an incredibly uncomfortable situation to go through every meal, especially when it's busy. There's a great all you can eat sushi area during lunches and dinners on weekdays. Usdan's lower dining hall has very limited seating and they just renovated it, so there's an extremely inconvenient wall enclosing the small dining area. Usdan's upper dining area has a Currito, a salad bar, Nosh & Kettle (panini's and soup), a sushi place, and Kosher Deli (hot dogs, sandwhiches, and soup). Upper Usdan accepts dining points or cash and is open on weekdays. Currito is a popular spot but the service is terrible and slow, so getting a meal there takes at least fifteen minutes even without a line.

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  • 3
  • Stephanie from Napa, CA
  • Jul-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Not the most inspiring and flavor-filled food you're going to find at an educational institution. There are two main dining halls, one which has a buffet style serving and one which is like a food court. There's also some small coffee shops around campus and a store which is usually well-stocked.

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  • 3
  • Mijal from Waltham, MA
  • Jun-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Um... Let's just say that now that it's summer, the thing I miss the least about Brandeis is the food... We have Einstein's Bagels though, and those are amazing! And Waltham has some great sushi and Thai food. But if you're looking for a campus with good food, you might wanna check out Tufts.

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  • 3
  • Ruben from Waltham, MA
  • Jun-17-2014 I am a past student here

    After having witness 2 different dining companies over the last 4 years have been a roller coaster, certainly doesn't do it after your first year at Brandeis.

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  • 4
  • Nathan from Rochester, MA
  • Apr-15-2014 I am a current student here

    Brandeis recently hired Sodexo, a food service and the food has been overall pretty good. Sometimes it gets a little repetitive but with the kosher and non-kosher options there is always something good to eat.

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  • 4
  • Eun Ji from Flushing, NY
  • Feb-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Better than what people say. There are a varied amount of options, especially if you get a meal plan that includes points as well as meals. Points are very flexible and you can get more than just food with them!

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  • 3
  • WaltHam
  • Dec-29-2013 I am a current student here

    It's not bad really, especially if you aren't all that picky. Sodexo has been trying pretty hard to impress the students, and I don't think they're doing a terrible job of it or anything. But food starts to run out around finals week, because nothing gets restocked.

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  • 3
  • William from Allston, MA
  • Dec-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Brandeis's food is OKAY, but when you rely are large companies to provide food, you can't expect a whole lot of quality. My recommendation, get a meal plan with fewer meals and greater points. Additionally, there is kosher fare around campus, which many find appealing.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Oct-27-2013 I am a current student here

    The food has really improved since they switched to Sodexo!!!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anna
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    There are only a handful of fraternities and three sororities, none of which are recognized by the university. However, I know many people that have pledged and love it. Nearly all of the parties at Brandeis happen at the frats as well.

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  • 0
  • Mijal from Waltham, MA
  • Jun-24-2014 I am a current student here

    It's not the main scene. We have a few fraternities and sororities but they are not affiliated to the school, so they are off campus and not very popular. Personally I don't see the appeal of joining Greek life, but if you're looking for a school with a huge Greek scene, don't come to us. My friends at Brandeis sororities do like them though. They say it's a less catty version of the real thing.

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  • 0
  • Ruben from Waltham, MA
  • Jun-17-2014 I am a past student here

    Brandeis does not fund greek life but the presence is on campus and the houses are off campus, down the street.

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  • 0
  • Nathan from Rochester, MA
  • Apr-15-2014 I am a current student here

    I am not involved in greek life, but it is very active on Brandeis' campus and I have a few friends who really enjoy being apart of frats and sororities

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  • 0
  • Eun Ji from Flushing, NY
  • Feb-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life isn't supported by the university, so the houses are off campus. There are still a few fraternities and sororities, so it's definitely an option if you're up to that.

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  • 0
  • Brittany from Ridgefield, CT
  • Dec-20-2013 I am a current student here

    Complicated. We have greek life but it isn't recognized by the University - but you won't get in trouble for joining. About 9% of the student body is involved. There are 5 fraternities and 3 sororities to choose from. They have full rush every semester.

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  • 0
  • Roz from Scarsdale, NY
  • Aug-16-2013 I am a current student here

    Contrary to popular belief Greek life does exist at Brandeis and about 10% of the student body participates it. Does it dominate the social scene? No-but it accounts for a good portion of on and off campus parties. There are five fraternities on campus; Phi Kappa Psi, Zeta Beta Tau, Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and Sigma Alpha Mu; and three sororities; Kappa Beta Gamma, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Sigma Delta Tau. You can usually walk around campus and see a few people representing their respective organizations.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Dec-13-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is not officially recognized by the university, but it is fairly prevalent. There are three sororities and five fraternities on campus, and they throw some pretty decent parties throughout the year!

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