When we look at your application, we do our best to consider your academic qualifications and potential, and to understand how you will fit into the Brandeis community.

As part of this review, the Office of Admissions considers whether you challenged yourself with an academically rigorous curriculum. To be considered for freshman admission, a candidate should be enrolled in a college preparatory course of study or appropriate home school environment. An adequate course in preparation for Brandeis should include at least four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of lab sciences, three years of social sciences and two to three years of a foreign language (taking more than one foreign language is acceptable).

Most of our admitted students have attempted a challenging honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate-level curriculum. There is no minimum grade-point average for admission to Brandeis; however, more than three-quarters of Brandeis students are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

Brandeis also seeks to admit students who will thrive in our community-oriented programs. We look for students with compelling personal qualities, such as leadership and involvement in their community. Your essay and extracurricular activities allow us to ascertain your passion and dedication. Most of our admitted students have participated in a range of activities, whether in high school clubs, the arts, athletics or through community service and personal enrichment opportunities. Your teacher and guidance counselors’ letters of recommendation provide us with a fuller picture of your potential contributions to the Brandeis community.