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Imagine reliving your preppy Jewish high school inNot so bright
Imagine reliving your preppy Jewish high school in the NY metro area for four years (including some people you never, ever wanted to see again), but you're in a de-industrialized little town outside of Boston where all the shops and bars are boarding up downtown and 80s hairstyles remain the norm. You have to go into Boston for a night out. You're required to pay $3,000 for meal plans that can't be used Friday - Sunday because all the campus food establishments close down for to Shabbat and union contracts.

The students themselves aren't particularly attractive, athletic, or articulate - the one thing they really have going for them is academics but even then, I still feel like I'm the only one who knows the material now that I'm in 100-level humanities classes, and that their views on most topics are about as developed as your average Reddit user.

They can't hold a normal conversation about anything non-academic and you constantly feel like you're walking on eggshells trying not to hurt their feelings. These were the isolated, bullied loners in high school who thought the mainstream well was poison, and suddenly realized in college they weren't the smartest people on the planet after all; so they overcompensate by trying to reach outside their natural limits, trying to be "cool" by listening to music nobody else does, bringing each other down and judging each other based on their own, unattainable standards and pretending to be someone they're not, only to avoid putting the effort into actually getting a life and going out on the weekends like normal college students. The academics are good, but it is really NOT worth the stress you have to endure.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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it sucks, people hereQuite BrightSociology
it sucks, people here a so arrogant. The faculty believes this is the best University in the world and everything to them Is perfect
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
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This is my third year in this universityBrightSociology
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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