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Reviews 573 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brookdale is a great place to go if you're unsure of what you want to do as well as a cheap, affordable option for completing your general education classes.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good community. Save Money. A great place to start college for those who don't know what to do yet; or those who already do.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, Brookdale has been amazing. Since I have to pay for college on my own, it was one of the only reasonable places to go for two years while I was able to have a job. There are a lot of different classes to choose from and the schedules are flexible. The professors for the most part are amazing and they care about their job. The learning assistants in each department come in handy.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: So far what I absolutely love are all the online courses that are available to me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have had amazing teachers throughout my two years at Brookdale. They have really made my learning experience fun and interesting. Additionally, since I am part of NJSTARS my tuition was paid for and college was made even more affordable. For the most part the classes I have had to take fit into my schedule nicely, but there are a few that are only held at certain times, which can be bothersome at times. One downfall is that the counselors don't really help too much, but if you go online and look at your degree audit when choosing classes you should be fine. Overall, I have enjoyed my experience at Brookdale and would do it all over again.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: -Brookdale is a good school for a community college. That is why it is rated as the #1 community college in N.J., top 3 community colleges on the East Coast, & one of the top 10+ community colleges in the U.S. Bdale is affordable. Their financial aid system may not be the best, but even if you do not qualify for financial aid like myself, Bdale is still affordable. Their textbooks are overpriced, so your best bet is to use an old text book from a friend/family member, share a book with another friend, or rent/buy a book online. Bdale gives you the option to rent a book through their bookstore, but it is more expensive than borrowing/sharing a text book with somebody, or renting/buying one online. I recommend the last four options that I just gave to you.

-There is lots to do on campus. Bdale may not have dorms since it is a community college, so there are other ways that you can socialize. You can socialize by making friends with kids in classes, join clubs, and hang out in the student life center. Some of my closest friends that I've met at Bdale always hang out there. I sometimes join them.

-I am a Theatre major. For those interested in the theatre department, since I have one more semester left and have completed all of my theatre requirements that I needed to complete my degree, I feel that I am qualified to tell you about us. Acting & Tech: Brookdale has endless acting & Tech opportunities as well as Dance for those of you interested in theatre. All theatre majors are required to take Acting 1-4 classes, theater appreciation, and musical theatre. There are loads of auditions. I will be a director in this year's Student Play Festival: "FestivALL." We have a spring play and musical and summer shakespeare every year. We also have "Haunted Theater" which is Brookdale's Haunted Walk-through. Links:

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The orientation went smoothly and the class scheduLing was easy also. The flexibly is a plus

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4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Very flexible in scheduling, that's probably the only upside to this school. They do work around your work schedule because they know they won't get your money if you don't go to work.

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2 College Senior

Overall Experience: I would never go to this institution if I could go back in time and redo this year. Uninspiring, and lack of motivation are the phrases that come to mind when I think about this school.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: unhelpful administration, lazy teachers, and a depressing unmotivated student body.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: The worth of a degree from this community college is pretty low, you can only get your associates and that associates isn't transferable to all four year institutions.

2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Financial aid services are of little to no help here. They give out checks far to big to some students and nothing to others. They gave two of my friends $500+ for books, when they rented them for under two hundred and fifty at the schools bookstore they pocketed the rest of the money. Meanwhile I got no financial aid at all even though I'm from a working class, single parent household simply because they give exuberant financial aid out to what seems like the first people who come asking for it.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Most of my teachers don't even take their classes seriously. One even openly says he doesn't want to be there and will always end the classes early to go home.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: The math and science curriculum is challenging. Anything humanities related is treated like a joke which is unfortunate because they're many peoples interests and they deserve to be challenged and educated just as much as the hard sciences.

2 College Senior

Campus Resources: No one is very involved on campus and the staff is very distant. Trying to get a hold of my advisers is nearly impossible.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The best things about it are flexibility and affordability. I'm able to work full time and go to school full time online and at night.

It's affordable, and there's a lot of aid available.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Course are really nothing new... They are very accessible and easy to schedule, but the content isn't great. The class styles are traditional lectures.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: No one likes it there--students, staff, or teachers. Everyone just shows up, does their work, and leaves.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: Online classes are decent. Teachers are willing to help, and can be reached by email.

4 College Junior

Student Body: Lots of diversity in age, religion, ethnicity, and other demographics.

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is extremely affordable, which is a BIG plus for me.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Not too much real-world training. A lot of the teachers just teach what's in the book, with no real world application.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: The professors don't care about students. We're just numbers.

3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: There are plenty of classes to choose from. My only suggestion is to pre-register so that you can get the classes that you want, they fill up quickly.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is good for me because as an artist, I'm able to pursue my art. I also have enough time to have a part-time job to have some income.


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