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Reviews 833 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love everything about my school. Even though it's not one of the most social, academics always come first in college. Engaged professors, interesting classes and good jobs after graduation.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Brandeis has the resources of the most elite of universities at its disposal despite being relatively small and secluded. Nevertheless, its size and distance from Boston serve as an asset, providing its students with a rich and diverse college experience unrivaled by any school in the area or country.

2 people found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Where do I begin? It was hard to get anything worthwhile out of this school when there was such a systemic awkwardness and inferiority complex permeating every level of this institution. Social dynamics were like something out of "The Office" - the students are so anxious and high-strung about their perceived social status that they prevent themselves from actually achieving their full potential, bringing each other down and causing random controversy out of sheer and utter boredom (a Twitter fight between two students and the staff response to it even made national news). Most people were frustrated and jaded and nasty and so repressed that holding a conversation about anything normal was a struggle. Just accept that you won't be the next Harvard and live your life and stop hurting other people.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: It is a top-ranking school that offers its students attention and opportunities many schools with a high status don't.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brandeis University's population is small, so you get to know a small amount of people well. For some, that's great, but for others like myself, I would prefer a larger student body. Besides the population, Brandeis seems like the average college.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience at Brandeis has been a positive one because the community I've found is very welcoming and tight-knit, something that I appreciate, because it takes the pressure off of me to go out and force the issue to be social while still taking my academics seriously. If you are involved in something- anything that doesn't involve just staying in your dorm room- you will have plenty of friends.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school has a few good facilities and outlets for people who need support or care

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The campus has a good mix of both students but it doesn't split the campus in any way. In actuality, both non-Greek students and greek students tend to be in the same friend groups

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: off-campus housing can be very difficult to find is you don't know someone who already lives off-campus. However, it is much cheaper and nicer to live off-campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some good spots to eat but they are a bit of a walk or even drive off-campus

1 College Junior

Campus Food: Really bad food for crazy high prices and they force upperclassmen with kitchens to still pay for a meal plan

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Although some of the options for on-campus housing are a bit old and run down, Brandeis has been doing a great job renovating each building and adding great amenities. In my first two years, I lived in a great social atmosphere that had a good location on campus

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.

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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.


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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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