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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's not huge, but good thing it's not crazy in that everyone is wasted.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat parties at ADPhi are the best, clean frat house.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers are very professional and knowledgeable in their field.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of international students, but people tend to cluster with their own race.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You smell weed everywhere, but it's like that at all universities.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Brandeis Police barely do anything, but nothing dangerous ever really happens on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think Brandeis is what you make of it. You have to try to make friends but if you do that, your experience here will be great.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brandeis could definitely improve on the alumni network and relations in terms of helping students get internships.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing buildings are very old, unless you live in village or ridgewood.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is not a huge greek life, as technically the fraternities and sororities aren't affiliated with the school. Nevertheless, they have great events, and so many people are in it, it might as well be Brandeis approved.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is not a lot of school spirit, as shown at the empty bleachers during basketball games, but that is also probably because we are division III in everything except fencing, which is division I.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of people complain about how small Brandeis is, how awkward the people are, but I think if you actually sit down and reflect on the campus and the community, it's actually not that bad. I love my friends here, and the small tight-knit community Brandeis has going on.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is okay at Brandeis. Only guaranteed for the first couple years, but there are plenty of apartments around Waltham for cheap rent, and there is a facebook page for sublets that makes it easy to get affordable housing off campus

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty standard at Brandeis. Rush week is crazy, then it tapers off. Many students are silently shunned for joining Greek life, just like at any university, but so be it. There is usually a frat party each weekend.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are not a large part of Brandeis. We have some great athletes, namely our tennis team looks nice this year, but people come here for the academics, and not the sports. We do have a couple nice gyms for working out and playing ball, or whatever you want to do, whether you are varsity or not.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Brandeis certainly has its perks and downfalls. I'll admit, I really did not wish to come to Brandeis. I had iffy test scores, and managed to get accepted as a midyear at Brandeis, and rejected at some schools of similar caliber. I didn't want to be in Boston, and especially didn't want to be stuck in a school with the stigma of being the "lamest, most awkward, most religious, most-boring-school-in-the-nation" University. That said, when I got here, many of these opinions began to change. I have had some excellent professors, some that are so great, they are making me reconsider my major. While the student body is just about as awkward as I expected, I'm finding that awkward really isn't the worst attribute in a person. When visiting other schools with students who are loud, dangerous, ignorant, etc, I feel thankful to be surrounded by people who I deem to be mostly harmless and intelligent individuals. The food isn't as bad as I thought it might be, as many people warned me about. The longer I'm here, the more Brandeis grows on me. No matter where you go, the first month or so is going to be rough. Stick with it. Eventually, you might just find your place.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've heard complaints about some of the sexual assault procedures, but I have never experienced them myself so I feel that I cannot accurately respond to these questions.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are very passionate about what they do and want to see their students succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hiatt Career Center is incredible and so very helpful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in recently renovated dorm, no complaints.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge, but parties well-attended.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I love being a varsity athlete, but low support.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school, be it on the track or in class

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I haven't been to the gym often, but was happy with it every time I've been

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I felt very welcomed, and it's true that everyone here is very nice. People can sometimes be annoying at times, but that's everywhere. The teachers will really try and help you if you ask, and most are very approachable. I have had a few professors, though, while very smart, are not great at conveying that information to a whole class. Overall a great experience so far. Food could be better.

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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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