Brandeis University

Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is one of the youngest private universities in the United States. Named for the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis the school is spread across 235 acres in Waltham, Massachusetts, just 9 miles west of the city of Boston. Brandeis is the only nonsectarian Jewish sponsored university/college in the U.S., with an increasingly diverse and international student body.


Stay: Marriott |  Breakfast: In a Pickle

Lunch: Moody's  | Dinner:  La Campania

Visitor Information: Tour Brandeis

Stay: Close to campus, your best options are the Boston Marriott Newton, The Westin Waltham, Hyatt House or the Hotel Indigo Boston.

Coffee: Students love Einstein’s bagels, located in the campus center serving delicious bagels as well as amazing coffee.

Breakfast: In A Pickle is within walking distance to campus on Moody Street, and it is always packed with Brandeis students and faculty. In A Pickle is the #1 breakfast restaurant in Waltham and is famous for its amazing pancakes, some filled with Snickers, Oreos or M and M’s!

Lunch:  One of Brandeis students favorite lunch spots for thai and sushi is Baan Thai located on the main street in Waltham. For empanadas, soups and salads plus traditional Cuban entrees head to Gustazo Cuban Cuisine. Moody’s Delicatessen and Provisions is on every top Boston list for classic and specialty sandwiches.



Casual: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant has a fun vibe and delicious Mexican dishes. Masao’s Kitchen will make the vegan in your group happy. Tempo’s is a favorite neighborhood spot offering a creative bistro menu. Backroom is the new debut from chef Joshua Smith of Moody’s Deli fame. In addition to his signature charcuterie there’s a full locally grown eclectic menu of seasonal dishes. There are three kosher restaurants in nearby Brookline: Café Eilat, Rami’s, and Taam China.


A Step Up: Solea is an upscale tapas bar that makes for a fun night out. Two popular Italians are Il Capriccio and La Campania. Flank is a new American beefsteak restaurant that has been generating some good buzz not least of all for encouraging guests to forgo silverware and experience turn of the century dining.

Late Night Snack: The Gaff is a cozy pub with live music and open-mike nights that stays open till 1:00.

Local Attractions: Close to Brandeis go for a cruise on the Charles River Bike Path. The 27-mile loop goes along the Charles from Waltham to Cambridge. The greater city of Boston has much to offer if you have more time. Some ideas: walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail from Boston Commons to Bunker Hill, visit Quincy Market, stroll the shops of Newbury Street, or head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, a short drive from downtown. Baseball fans must tour Fenway Park, one of America’s most famous stadiums, home to the Green Monster.

— Quotes From Campus —

Brandeis is a great school, everyone has a place there, no matter what your interests or strengths are. All feel welcome, and there are a ton of awesome campus activities.
— Hannah
Walking down Moody Street for dinner is fun, leave time to check out the cool thrift stores.
— Chloe
Brandeis’s proximity to Boston makes it an awesome place to spend 4 years. You get to know Waltham and the surrounding towns, and you can spend your weekends in Boston using the free Crystal Shuttle!
— Alyssa





Ollie the Owl

School Colors

Blue & White

Acceptance Rate


Common Application

Common App or Brandeis App

Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2







New England

Admissions Office

415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

(p) (781) 736-3500

Jennifer Walker, Dean of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Debra Messing
Mitch Albom
Nelson Figueroa

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