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Your roadmap to a complete application.

Applying to Brandeis as a first-year student? Below, you'll find everything you need to include in your application.

In addition to the core first-year applicant materials list, be sure to check out the additional guides below for more info, advice and supplementary information! And remember, we're always here to help.

All First-Year Applicants

  • A completed Common Application.
  • $80 application fee (or fee waiver).
  • Official copies of all high school transcripts and/or GED certificate and/or marks from any externally graded national exams. (If the original documents are not in English, please submit both original documents and English translations.) This should include transcripts for courses taken for credit outside your high school. Transcripts must include official grades from all years of secondary school.
  • A school report and a letter of recommendation from a secondary school official.
  • Standardized test scores or a graded analytical paper: You have three options to fulfill our testing requirement. Review our test-optional policy for more details.
  • A mid-year report: If you're still in school, you'll need to submit a mid-year report from your senior year that 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 (math, science, history, foreign language or English). (Homeschooled students and those applying for the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program, see the tabs below for more details.)
  • A completed Early Decision Agreement Form (pdf). If you're applying for Early Decision I or Early Decision II.

Additional Materials and Information

  • English Proficiency: If you're an international student for whom English is not your native language, you should submit results of an English proficiency exam. You have the choice of submitting scores from one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Duolingo English Test (DET)
    • Cambridge Assessment English Qualifications (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)
    • If you have spent four or more years attending a high school where the full academic curriculum is in English, you are exempt from this requirement, and may submit a request for a waiver in your DEISconnect portal after applying.
    • If you're applying directly from a United World College (UWC) campus, you are also exempt from this requirement.
  • Financial documentation: 
    • If you are not applying for financial aid, you must submit:
      • The Certification of Finances for International Students through your DEISconnect portal.
      • Supporting financial documentation demonstrating the funds that the family will contribute to your education for the first year of study. Examples are statements of earnings from employers, certification of finances from banks or other financial institutions, or tax returns if available.
    • If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit:
      • A completed CSS Profile.
      • Supporting financial documentation demonstrating the funds that the family can contribute to your education for the first year of study. Examples are statements of earnings from employers, certification of finances from banks or other financial institutions, or tax returns if available.
  • Additional recommendations:
    • Visits: We encourage you to participate in a virtual visit and, if possible, schedule an interview with an admissions representative.
    • Third-party interviews: Interviews through services like InitialView or Vericant are also encouraged. Deadlines are as follows:
      • Early Decision I : Record and submit by November 15.
      • Early Decision II / Regular Decision: Record and submit by January 15.

Track Your Application

Once your application has been processed, you'll receive an email with a username, password and link to your DEISconnect account. This is where you can check the status of your application, and see your admissions decision when it becomes available.

We work to handle the documents we receive as quickly and accurately as possible, but it can take up to three business days to process credentials once they are delivered to the admissions office. Before contacting us about missing items, please make sure they have been sent to Brandeis.

Brandeis accepts self-reported exam scores for admissions review. Applicants who self-report scores, earn admission, and choose to attend Brandeis will have to send their official scores via the testing agency or on an official school document before they can matriculate. For missing recommendations or transcripts, please contact your college counselor or teachers to confirm if and when the documents were sent to us.

Still have questions? We're here to help. Email us at admissions@brandeis.edu.