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Dec 16 2014Sociology
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This is my third year in this university and I must admit, the academics here really are top notch. The professors here are incredibly friendly and I always feel challenged. I just can't disregard how extremely isolating it can get here. The student body is indeed book smart, but they are generally awkward. The social life here is terrible and people can't seem to talk about anything other than academics (which I don't mind talking about to a certain extent). If you plan on making friends with anyone here be prepared to feel forced to meet their incredibly high expectations of you. If you choose to try and befriend some people here prepare to live the rest of your academic career pretending to be someone you're not. The benefits of being in such a small school is the individualized attention that you can get from teachers and ta's. The downsides, you literally see the same people all the time. And don't be fooled people here are always judging you. This school specializes in passive aggressiveness. I seriously can't wait to get out of here.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A, Social Life: F
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Oct 01 2014Unknown
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Just spent four years here. The academics aren't bad, but it's true what they say about Brandeis, that there really isn't much else going on at the school. The students are friendly and pretty book smart but they don't really have a clue what they want to do with their lives, and they study study study because they don't really switch focus to something outside of their really specialized interests...lots of Aspergers syndrome tbh. But some people fit in here and do well, it's just not what most people want out of a college experience. If you're more of a socially typical person, either go Greek, or transfer because otherwise you'll definitely get bored of the monotony and burn out.
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Individual Value: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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Jun 02 2014Economics
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I just graduated, and I hated going there. It's ranked #34 in the country right now, and the programs are very rigorous. But, there was no social scene at all. None, except for an occasional frat party that gets broken up at midnight. It wasn't anything you would expect a college environment to be.

If you compare with Boston College, which is #33, it's very well known for sports and drinking, to say the least. It's one rank above Brandeis. They do the same work, more or less, but they still have time to party and develop basic social skills. The Brandeis - Harvard inferiority complex is very, very real, so students, at Brandeis, spend all their time studying difficult topics sitting in the library all day. But, if you try to hold a normal conversation with them, about something that isn't academic, they are usually completely lost.

I just have the overall impression that Brandeis students try to reach above their natural capacity, they can't really learn the kind of material they want to learn, without sacrificing something else.

It's the same with the administration, too... Brandeis isn't prestigious enough to get away with bringing in someone like Hirsi Ali, who works at Harvard... Basically, just stay far, far away from this stupid bullshit.

4th Year Female -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Social Life: F
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