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Don't be fooled by its "social justice" preaching.Not so bright
Don't be fooled by its "social justice" preaching. This place is run by and for a very, very tight network of Jewish lawyers and bankers who send their mediocre kids to the same private high schools (Ramaz, Gann, Birch Walthen, etc.) and colleges before they get hired by their daddy's first cousin at some firm in Downtown Big City. Everyone else going here has to compete for the tiny amount of attention and resources left over, and the campus environment can be pretty hostile and isolating if you're not part of that background (a career counselor asked me once if I thought the Chinese international students going here could ever assimilate into this country..yeah). I don't have any resentment, but stop asking me for tuition money and then treating me like I'm not wanted.
4th Year Female -- Class 2018
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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There is a good and a bad to Brandeis.Quite BrightPsychology
There is a good and a bad to Brandeis. The unfortunate truth for me was that many of the students are rich, white Jewish kids from MA, NJ, and NY. The little Jewish microcosm that is Brandeis does not reflect the real world outside, unfortunately. If you are not white and Jewish, (I'm middle class, half-Asian, and Buddhist) some students can make you feel real bad about it. The majority are tolerant, if not accepting of differences. The political slant of Brandeis is to knee-jerk hypersensitivity at every issue. Students think they are really doing something because they hold up a sign or hashtag something. The school is very politically active.

In pre-medical sciences, there is a lot of cut-throat competition. Students sabotaged my lab experiments to get a better grade via the bell curve. Labs were taught by graduate students. Most were good but some seemed to not have a very good grasp of the English language.

The student body is one of the most unattractive of any campus in the Boston area. If you want to meet cute guys, Brandeis is probably not for you. There is a roaring, underground greek life which is not endorsed by the university, yet it is there... and it is lame. There is not much to do in Waltham on a Friday night. I hung out in Cambridge instead. BTW, the dining hall food is quite good! The meal plans are expensive, but the food is good.

As a woman, I felt pretty safe on campus. It is not that well lit at night, but I still felt pretty safe. Waltham is a bit sketchy though.

Since social life is mostly off-campus, having money certainly helps. I had none, so I had to get creative. Of course, if you are creative, you can create social opportunities. Most of my circle of friends just studied through the weekend anyway. The Castle is supposed to be a 24 hour quiet dorm for pre-meds to study away all day, but it houses the campus coffee shop and can get loud on Saturday nights. Classes at Brandeis can be challenging. The academics are hard and usually very good. There is a huge chip on Brandeis' shoulder, though. The school is overshadowed by MIT, Harvard, Boston College, and Tufts. Most of the students at Brandeis did not get into these schools or, like me, did get in, but received more money from Brandeis. Students and professors alike can be arrogant and kind of don't want to be there.

4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Useful Schoolwork: A, Social Life: F
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Brandeis was the biggest mistake of my life.Super BrilliantPsychology
Brandeis was the biggest mistake of my life. During my one year there, I met probably one person who legitimately liked it there. Everyone at Brandeis is either there because they're on full tuition scholarship, or because they didn't get in anywhere else. The administration doesn't hesitate to make it known that they do not care about any of their students. Actually no, they care about the rich jewish students and forget about everyone else. They claim to be a secular school but everyone is constantly trying to shove their beliefs down your throat. One time I said I was pro-palestine and someone said I was anti-semitic. Another time, someone said to me "Jews are the only group of people who are still oppressed in today's world". I mean if that doesn't show you the kind of ignorance on this campus, I don't know what will. The school always raves about its library but all that's in there is a greek zoo. You step foot inside and all you can hear is dumb fraternity boys and sorority girls yelling. And the librarians have no problem with this, HOWEVER when a group of African American students sat silently in peace to hold up names of the loved ones their community had lost, the librarians decided the best course of action was to call the POLICE on them. Brandeis claims to be all about social justice, "social justice rah rah rah, we think everyone is equal but we hate palestinians and black people and students and women. go israel!!!" When an employee of the student run coffee house, chums, broke the fire code, instead of firing him/her and giving everyone else extra fire safety training before opening the place back up, the administration decided it was best to shut the whole thing down and fire all the work-study employed students. Two days later, they shut down the women's resource center to create a prayer space. The same week, they changed meal plans so that they were more expensive and you got less meals and less points, and they became mandatory for everyone, even in dorms with kitchens. Because brandeis doesn't care about you, they just care about your $6K. When an extremely wealthy, jewish, white supremacist student intentionally put a black student's life in danger by writing about her activist twitter comments on his white supremacy promoting website and making public her Facebook, phone number, email address, school address, etc- knowing that she would be receiving death threats, rape threats and the like- you know what the school did? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. moving onto student life- if you LOVED high school and if you LOVE cliques, Brandeis is the place for you. in fact, you'll probably feel like you never left middle school! The sorority girls, the frat boys, the a cappella groups, the orthodox jews, the basketball players, soccer players, etc etc etc. Everyone on this campus is part of a clique, and they don't associate with anyone else. And if you're not part of a clique you're probably slightly more sane than the rest, but you'll feel pretty damn alone. the school is so small that you know at least 18 things about every single student there, everyone knows everyone's business and gossip spreads like wildfire. So if you like EVERYONE around you to know your personal life, definitely go to Brandeis. all in all Brandeis is really, really horrible but if you like being somewhere where mortifying stuff happens every day and you can't do anything about it (like a girl gets raped by a fellow student and the admin does nothing), go there. give them all your money (and I mean ALL, they will milk you until your entire extended family is bankrupt). but wait if you're super rich and jewish you will love brandeis
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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