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Reviews 1037 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Senior

Athletics: We have a 24-hour gym! Enough said! No, but really, the main gym (Gosman) is very nice too, especially now that the pool has re-opened. There is a large dance/fitness studio, cardio machines (my only suggestion is to add a few more), squash courts, a field house, the pool, weight rooms and more. Yes, there are many sports teams (go Judges!) but honestly, they're a very small portion of student life. Student athletes participate and enjoy themselves, and many students love going to cheer them on, but apart from that, you hardly ever hear (Brandeis) sports discussions on campus. If you love the Boston sports teams, though, you'll be in heaven!

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug safety here is great. Some students drink, and some use marijuana, but it's not really a public thing. There is zero peer pressure. The motto is really: Live and let live. You really can have a great time without (or with!) alcohol here.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife? What nightlife? To be honest, I always have fun on the weekends, but if you want to find a party, you have to work for it. Chums is fun, plus parties are decent. There is no club scene though. You have to go into Boston for that... but the shuttles aren't great. Don't come here for the nightlife.

2 College Senior

Computers: There simply aren't enough computers! Plus, the printer in the SCC doesn't receive regular maintenance. Tech support here is fabulous, though. But seriously -- there just aren't enough computers. Bring your own... or you're kind of up a creek.

4 College Senior

Diversity: First: there is so much diversity on campus. So much. Yes, there is a large Jewish presence, but there's a ton of religious pluralism and respect on campus. We have Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and now Hindu chaplains right on campus. There's also a wonderful, active interfaith organization that runs events regularly. Brandeis is incredibly accepting of sexual orientations. We have students all over the LGBTQ* spectrum, and I have never witnessed or heard about any discrimination or harassment based on this. Instead, there are terrific queer resources and counseling, plus many pride events. Political diversity gets a little trickier. Brandeis has a reputation for being a progressive, liberal campus, and overall that's probably accurate. However, there's sometimes tension between the liberals and conservatives on campus and that can get very divisive. It causes tension, no doubt. Some of the university's actions tend to spark debate and disagreement sometimes, too. Professors are most often liberal, but don't discriminate or anything.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is what you make of it. It's not officially affiliated with the university, so they're independently run (and down the street from campus itself). People who aren't Greek really don't care about the Greek life, honestly, but people who are Greek really seem to enjoy themselves. Basically, if it's something you want, pursue it. If you don't want it, it'll never be in your face and there is certainly no pressure whatsoever to join.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have always felt very safe on the Brandeis campus. The campus police are helpful, but they're not overbearing -- it's a nice mix. There isn't that much crime. Sometimes a laptop gets stolen... but that happens at most schools nationwide. Unfortunately, there have been a few sexual assaults, but again, this is not unique to Brandeis. However, we do have an assault counselor now to address those issues. Brandeis really has the interest of students' safety in mind.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: All activities relating to Greek Life are not sponsored or sanctioned by the University. Those who seek it, however, may find Greek Life a short distance away in rented off-campus houses. These houses are often home to weekend parties.

It is also worth noting that most of the student body has a negative perception of fraternities and sororities on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Despite appearances, there are some great facilities on campus if you know where to look. Of particular note are the Shapiro Campus Center as well as newer academic buildings and dorms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you don't do anything stupid/dangerous, you'll have a great time

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There is a fair bit of financial aid available, mostly need-based

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never seen anyone get drunk or stoned, and there is lots of education about the topic.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Students often go into town on the weekends, and there is pretty much always something to do/see on campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus no matter when, and campus crime is low.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love the campus facilities. They're clean, well-heated during the winter, and pleasant overall, and the campus itself is small but not cramped.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love where I live. It is perfectly situated, the quad is beautiful, and I am close to pretty much everything. Just about anything on campus can be reached in 10 minutes or so at most from just about anywhere else.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not personally part of any sports, but I know many people who are, and events are well-attended as a general rule.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Just about every minority imaginable is well-represented and welcomed here

4 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't yet officially declared my major, but I'm happy with the classes.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It was not too difficult to get into Brandeis. It has a mostly standard admission system. The criteria to get in can be tough, but this ensures that the community is made up of hard-working and highly motivated students.

4 College Senior

Computers: Who doesn't bring a laptop to college? The wi-fi is pretty great, and the computers available around campus are in pretty great shape.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: People who love living off campus live off campus, and vice-versa. It is a completely doable and enjoyable experience.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Campus Police are filled with entitled, holier-than-thou jerks. However, there are also some truly stellar members of Campus Police. It can be quite a toss-up. Regardless, they don't have much effect on the day-to-day life of a student. The Health Center is somewhat mediocre, but they care and they can help in certain ways.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are actually some great and enjoyable places to eat in Waltham. There is a variety of foods that a person can enjoy.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: It isn't affiliated with the university. It's fine for those who wish to be involved with it. For those who do not wish to be involved, it makes no difference.


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Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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It may seem like a lot of Brandeis students really hate their school, but deep down, most know they would not be happy anywhere else. Some students seem to be bitter when they first get to Brandeis because they are either here since it made financial sense or because Brandeis was not their first choice. After a little time to get adjusted, that bitterness soon subsides. You must work to have a positive experience at Brandeis, more so than at a lot of other colleges. There are many opportunities out there, but you need to be willing to put forth the effort to get the most out of them. If you sit in your room and do nothing, you will get nothing out of your experience. Students are very studious, but they are also very involved, so the best way to meet people and have fun is to join clubs and be active in them.

There is a stigma attached to Brandeis of not being a school that knows how to party, and certainly there are schools that do it better. The administration and faculty here sometimes seem to have the position that the cheapest way to do it is the best way. Parking, religious influence, and a shortage of “hot” students may be the other things that people complain about, but there are many ways to get around these and have a good time; Brandeis students find a way to do just that. Many students come in and have no clue what to expect, and many of them leave with memories that will last them a lifetime. Brandeis students are diverse, though awkward, in addition to being friendly and welcoming, more so than at schools with a “hotter” or “cooler” student body. The academics are starting to reach the level of the top schools in the country—Brandeis continues to be ranked among the top 30 schools in the nation in many academic polls. The University is constantly changing and improving, sometimes radically, which should inspire many new students to apply.

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