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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.

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.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Brandeis is run by the students; we make the events and we make our fun.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Ugly library and one student center is ugly while another is beautiful

2 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities are typically dirty. Some areas are nice like the village and IBS. But a lot of it is pretty fun down and old.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 102nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 280th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 297th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 972nd
    Best Library
  • 1329th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Although Bradeis does not have the financial backing it once did, in 2008 alone, the University completely rebuilt the Ridgewood dorms, constructed the Shapiro Science Center, and demolished the admissions center to build a new one. In 2010, the creation of the Mandel Center was completed. However, in an effort to solve its financial crisis, the Board of Trustees foolishly decided they wanted to close the Rose Art Museum and sell the collection, all without consulting students, alumni, or the Rose itself. The whole fiasco caused public outcry and backpedaling that has hurt Brandeis’ reputation more than it has helped the finances.

Some recent improvements to the gym have been made, but the University does not have enough money to complete necessary work on the Lindsey Pool, so it has been shut down indefinitely. Upkeep, rather than construction, should be the focus of the school, but that does not appear to be happening anytime soon. Many students have reported that the facilities department does not respond to complaints in a timely fashion.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
235 acres
Student Centers
  • Shapiro Campus Center
  • Usdan Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Gerstenzang Science Library
  • Main Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center
  • Castle Commons
  • Chum’s
  • Dorms
Bar on Campus
Alcohol is served at The Stein, which is right above Sherman dining.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Cholmondeley's (usually called Chum's) located in the Castle, Java City in Schneider Building
Movie Theater on Campus
Wasserman Cinematheque in the Sachar International Building (special engagements only)
School Slang
  • Branpo: Brandeis police
  • Branvan: Weekend shuttle to Cambridge
  • Diesian: A non-athlete
  • Goy: A non-Jew
  • Shiksa: A non-Jewish female
  • Bronstein Weekend : This is one of the best weekends of the year, and occurs in the spring. Bronstein usually features a couple of concerts and lots of camp-like activities.
  • Fall Fest : Since we don't have a football team, and therefore we don't have homecoming, there is this thing called Fall Fest, which brings back alums and Brandeis parents to the campus. This annual event features activities for everyone (young and old), and allows for parents to see what their kids have done to themselves and their room since they moved in.
  • Midnight Buffet : Midnight Buffet goes down twice a year, both during finals time, and involves lots of food (pizza, soda, donuts, ice cream, fruit, vegetables, and popcorn) and lots of giveaways. It is one of the best times a student can have during finals.
  • Pachanga: The biggest party of the semester-buy your tickets ASAP!
Urban Legends
  • A former Brandeis president is supposedly buried somewhere behind the International Business School Building.
  • Brandeis had a football team, but it was eliminated. There are three myths that are most associated with this. One is that the Gosmans, who donated the sports complex, had a son die from playing football and would only give money for the gym if they stopped playing football at Brandeis. Another is that Jewish law and football law have discrepancies. And the third is that "Jews are no good at football."
  • Brandeis is coming up so quickly in the academic rankings that it may soon be offered entrance into the Ivy League.
  • Debra Messing of Will and Grace went to Brandeis, but she doesn't tell anyone that.
  • Leonard Bernstein taught at Brandeis, and the music building was built for him in the shape of a grand piano.
  • Middlesex College used to own the Castle before Brandeis was there, and it was used as a dormitory for the all-girls veterinary school that was there. Some say in the 1920s, before its use a dormitory, it was used as lab rooms, and some say the Castle housed the morgue. Other myths about the Castle say that there are secret passageways and underground tunnels.
  • Spingold, the main auditorium, was built to replicate the shape of a top hat.
  • The creators of Friends went to Brandeis and they formed Central Perk, the coffeehouse on the show, after their experience at Chum's, Brandeis' coffeehouse.
  • The school was going to be called Einstein College but Albert Einstein didn't want it to be named after him.
  • Usdan Student Center was taken over in the 1960s by protestors who barred administration from getting in through the one door in there. Now there are over 15 doors to make sure this can never happen again.
Favorite Things To Do
People may complain about a lack of campus activity, but, in truth, the numerous clubs are always sponsoring events, giving away food, and holding coffeehouses at Chum's. Chum's, in Usen Castle, is definitely the most popular source of entertainment on campus. On any given night, you can find an a cappella group, a band, or a sketch comedy troupe performing. The weight room in the Gosman Sports Complex recently received a makeover and is now a state-of-the-art workout space. Sports are not big on campus, but there is usually some sort of game going on when the weather is nice. The Rose Art Museum is a drastically underused treasure with an impressive collection of modern art. Though it tragically closed, the building will be a gallery and studio space for students, and the art will not be touched for several years. There are always plays going on in Spingold or Shapiro Theater, many of them free. The Shapiro Campus Center has computers, couches, work spaces, and Einstein's Bagels, which is open until 2 a.m. on weeknights. Of course, there is always watching TV and hanging out with friends in Massell Quad's Shapiro Lounge, North Quad's Polaris Lounge, East Quad's Airplane Lounge, or the Castle Commons.
Student Newspaper
The Justice
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Most students are involved in at least one club or organization on campus. It is fairly easy to start a new club. The most recent and popular new club on campus is the Quidditch Club.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Boston Celtics built the arena in the Gosman Sports Center for their practices, but after Reggie Lewis, a highly-admired Celtics player, died on the court from heart failure, they decided to move elsewhere.
  • Brandeis clubs and organizations are separated into 10 different categories: academic, arts and culture, competition, media and publications, miscellaneous, performance, political and activism, service, spirituality and religious, and sports.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt hosted the innovative television series, Prospects of Mankind (1959-1962). Produced by National Educational Television, the forerunner of PBS, the series was recorded primarily at the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University. Leonard Bernstein, a music professor at Brandeis, was a great influence on this place; it's shaped like a baby grand.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 58 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 9% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 53% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 38% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 17% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 24% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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