Brandeis University is highly selective -- about one in three applicants will get in, and successful applicants will need standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 2000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 29 or better. Many applicants had impressive 4.0 GPAs.
It's important to recognize that high grades and test scores are not enough to get into Brandeis. In the graph you'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Brandeis University did not receive an acceptance letter. On the flip side, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Brandeis University uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The Brandeis admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, and they will want to see a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation.
To learn more about Brandeis University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Brandeis University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?