School of Arts and Sciences

Fast Facts

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The School of Arts and Sciences, which includes the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is the academic heart of Brandeis University.

The school is known for its internationally renowned faculty, world-class teaching, diverse student body, small class size and abundance of research and community engagement opportunities for its intellectually curious and high-achieving students.

The School of Arts and Sciences comprises four divisions: creative arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Undergraduate Student Body

Category Number
Total Undergraduates 3,576
Domestic Students of Color 33%
U.S. States Represented 43
First-Generation Students 17%
Students from Outside Massachusetts 67%
International Students 20%
Countries Represented 58

Undergraduate Academics

Category Number
Majors 44
Students Who Double Major 44%
Minors 50
Interdisciplinary Programs 29
Departments 23
Classes With 19 Students or Fewer 61%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 10:1
Approved Study-Abroad Programs 200
Students Who Study Abroad 35%

Top Undergraduate Programs, by Enrollment

Graduate Student Body and Academics

Category Number
Doctoral Programs 17
Doctoral Students 430
Master's and Postbaccalaureate Programs 50+
Master's Students 309
Postbaccalaureate and Nondegree Students 39
Domestic Students of Color 16%
International Students 36%
International Countries Represented 42


Category Numbers
Full-time Faculty 333
Tenure-line Faculty 229
Nontenure-line Faculty 104
Part-time Faculty* 117
Nobel Prize Winners 2
Pulitzer Prize Winners^ 3
Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 10
Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 12
Members of the National Academy of Sciences 5
MacArthur Fellows 1
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators 2

* Includes staff and graduate students with faculty appointments.
^As of Fall 2022 census, no active faculty

“Ever since I stepped on campus, I've felt safe in a welcoming and passionate environment that has allowed me to freely explore all of my interests without any judgement.”

Krupa Sourirajan '23