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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Brandeis are definitely not the best -The Village (sophomore, study abroad, and allergy housing) and Ridgewood (senior suites) are basically the only nice dorms on campus. I personally enjoy the atmosphere that the dorms provide as I was able to become close with my hall and I have a great group of people living on my hall next year. The hard part about housing though is that there is a lottery system. You are only guaranteed housing during your freshman and sophomore years and with the lottery, all the good rooms go quickly. You really have to plan things out ahead of time to ensure that you have a roommate set and neighbors. Some parties will happen in the upper classman dorms like Ridgewood and the Mods. Mod parties happen almost every weekend but they can tend to get extremely cramped and are athlete based. Many people will go off campus for parties or most people party hop anyway.

For the price you're paying, especially compared to other schools, the dorms are rather overpriced/not worth your money, but unfortunately there aren't any other options.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There's not really much rah-rah school spirit, but everyone is very supportive of their friends on teams, and the facilities have everything you want for personal fitness.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Three words: In. A. Pickle.

(Also Asia Wok)

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties aren't huge, but other than a rager you can basically find whatever you're looking for, be it free alc. at the frats, parties with friends and teams in apartments, or a Doctor Who viewing party.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They try to work closely with student groups, but to me it feels like too much bureaucracy.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get any financial aid (only child with parents making over $100 k). But I got a great academic scholarship, and I have friends who are able to work closely with their aid counselor to make sure they get what they need.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are good options, but it gets old kinda quick. And it's not that there aren't healthy options, it's just that the healthy options in dining halls are not nearly as good as the unhealthy ones. I mean we do have our own kosher bakery on campus after all!

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Standard, nothing particularly troublesome or noteworthy to mention.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The buildings are in poor condition due to years of "deferred maintenance." Housing is very expensive for what you get.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics aren't a big part of campus life.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Strict about noise complaints. Extremely strict on students related to greek life (such a negative preconception, even when many of the students involved on campus are in greek life).

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: "Parties" on campus tend to be mostly kickbacks which are fun depending on who's there and who you go with. If you're out with your friends, you'll have a good time. Dartmouth St. has most of the frats and at least two throw down per week night so there are some options.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't have any problems.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The meal plans are confusing and annoying! Hopefully Sodexo does something to change this.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It was far from perfect, but they really listened and tried to help me to the best of their abilities. I valued the effort they seemed to put into my case, and my friends'.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's a lot better than what other schools offered

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Curritos and Einsteins make up for the suckiness of lower Usdan and Sherman. Join Sodexo Fanclub on Facebook if you end up going to Brandeis.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing can be cramped, the survey you take doesn't always pair you with similar roommates. Rosie, Ziv and Ridgewood are the better places to live in after freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know of off-campus housing selections-I live on-campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining options are average-mainly fast food and "mom and pop" restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus strictness is okay, not too strict and not too lenient.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: As far as I know, the financial aid process went well.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There aren't many parties on campus; whenever there are, only a few people know about them, or its a school sponsored party.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus food is alright. They have some great food options sometimes, but they usually serve the same food each week.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm that I reside in is okay. I have a roommate and the room is not all that spacious, but its big enough to live in. The dorm is very quiet, except for the occasional playing of loud music from another room, which isn't all that often. The great thing about the dorm is that it has a laundry room and game room within the building, instead of having them outside.

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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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