Brandeis University (MA)

Brandeis University (MA)

Common Application 

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016
Early Decision II: Jan. 1, 2017    
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   A short response to one of the four prompts below (250 words or fewer)

1.         Why would you like to attend Brandeis?

2.         Justice Brandeis said, “Most of the things worth doing in the world has been declared impossible before they were done.” Tell us how you would implement change in                society that others might think impossible.

3.        There is a ticket in your hand. Where are you going?

4.         What is your dream?

For International Students Only

l   Brandeis attracts students from many corners of the world. As an international student at Brandeis, how would you enrich the campus community? (250 words or fewer)

Documents Required:
  • A completed Common Application with Brandeis Supplement
  • $80 Application Fee or Waiver
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT 
  • Official score reports from TOEFL or IELTS
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report 
  • 1 Teacher Evaluation 

Other Information:

Address: Brandeis University, Office of Admission
               415 South Street
               Waltham, MA 02454-9110
                United States of America

Phone: 781-736-3500
Fax: 781-736-3536
Admission Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3092
ACT Code: 1802