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Reviews 1091 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Brandeis encourages students to take responsibility for themselves.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: To be honest, Brandeis' dining service has improved a LOT now that we switched to Sodexo. There are a LOT of healthy options. There's a place that stays open till 3am for late night munchies. Still not as crazy about the food in Sherman. The food's over priced, but honestly, it's over priced on every college campus. It's not a 5 star restaurant, but it certainly has improved a lot.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Brandeis offers a lot to students who need it

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel extremely safe ON the Brandeis campus

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Students often explore the bars and restaurants on Moody St in Waltham. You'll often meet up with a lot of students from Bentley at the bars. You can also get right into Boston via the Brandeis commuter rail stop less than a five minute walk from campus. There's also a free shuttle that runs into Boston on the weekends. Boston is very accessible, and there are plenty of other college students to mingle with in the area.

5 College Senior

Majors: Brandeis really encourages first years to explore their interests, and "shop around" before deciding on a major. You don't have to apply to a certain program, though some have minimum GPA requirements. A lot of course requirements are cross-listed, making it possible to take a variety of courses. Brandeis wants you to have the full experience, and dabble --or not dabble- in whichever fields you choose. If you hate math, you'll never have to take it again. If you want to triple major in Biology, Music, and Anthropology- that's more than encouraged. We love diverse thinkers. That's a GREAT thing about Brandeis.

4 College Senior

Academics: People come to Brandeis for the professors. Brandeis hires incredibly intelligent people that truly love to teach. Teachers are generally very helpful, and there are a number of academic resources available to students. Brandeis is a place where students build special relationships with professors, which can be extremely helpful for college recommendation letters. The workload is going to be quite heavy. I've made the mistake of taking a class that I assumed would be "easy," only to find out that every subject is taught by professionals and taken quite seriously. Don't take classes like intro to drawing on the assumption that it's an "easy A" class. There is no such thing as an "easy A" class at Brandeis. You will learn a lot if you put in the effort. A lot of the higher level courses are competitive to get into, but you have the ability to truly have an amazing academic experience at Brandeis.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Most CAs know that students drink and don't care as long as you don't shove it in their face. I have never seen anyone get in trouble for drinking. Medical services on campus offer help and promise to not get students in trouble for asking.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Brandeis does not advertise greek life because it is not officially recognized. But it has a pretty big presence on campus. Non-greeks and greeks are friends all the time, but there is still a divide between the two.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Honestly, Brandeis is not the most attractive campus. During winter especially, a lot of people let go of themselves and wear leggings or sweats 6/7 days of the week. But there will always be somebody in your field to date. There are a good amount of really attractive girls/guys. There are a lot of quirky and nerdy students; but the good news is that a lot of people here are into that sort of thing! During freshman year, people tend to hook up (unless they coupled off during orientation week). If you are not happy after a while, Boston has thousands of young college students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a biochemistry major. Most of the science programs at Brandeis are really great. Though people complain about labs, they provide a ton of resources and hands-on experience. But if you struggled with chemistry or physics in high school, you should consider a different major. A lot of freshmen come in thinking they want to be pre-med and end up switching. It's generally a lot easier to figure out your strengths early on.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: If you are determined, you can get into almost any class you want if you have the pre-reqs. Professors are usually helpful, informative, and some of the best in their field.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed on-campus housing. The lottery system makes it stressful, though. It can be tough to get a suite/live near your friends. I think dorm-style living is actually underrated. It is a lot more social. A lot of people end up becoming really close with their freshman year floor.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Brandeis recently switched over to Sodexo, and since they are new, they pay a lot of attention to student feedback. The food is only getting better.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Brandeis architecture is nothing to brag about, but the facilities are always clean and you can always find places to study besides the library.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a surprising amount of options here if you know where to look. There are parties in upperclassmen housing and off-campus frats. Later in the semester parties are harder to come by if you are not in the greek life scene. But a fair amount of people manage to get drunk every weekend, so it seems to work out for most students.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People get excited when teams are doing well, but most focus on other activities (arts, clubs, politics, etc).

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everyone is friendly and is looking to give the students the best possible service. One unique thing is the tight knit community that makes everyone feel comfortable and a part of something. There are many clubs that I would've never thought existed and everyone occupy their time without being bored.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is great!There are many things to do and I am very busy. I am a part of ultimate frisbee,a club sport, as well as intramural soccer and also have a job that the school helped me find. There is a lot of green space that students can just hang out in and everyone is in the library when studying needs to be done. There is the usual SpringFest where famous artists come and perform and other students from other colleges come as well. Brandeis is very fun !

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are division three so not much attention is given but a good amount of people come out to support the teams.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Waltham is a great little city and there is often many things to do. The shuttle bus takes you to the most popular parts of the town and if you're looking for a night out or just a quick run to get some food, there are many options.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have friends from different states and completely diverse nationalities. I have homosexual friends, rich and poor friends, and from different religions. Everyone is accepted.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The community advisors make the dorms feel welcoming and comfortable. People feel good and I like where I lived and will live this year.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: everyone is friendly and people can dress however they want and no one really judges. social life is great and people understand if you can't hang out because of the workload.

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Shannon Ingram
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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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