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Just spent four years here

Oct 01 2014Unknown
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

The benefits: Really intelligent faculty that will really

Apr 25 2014Psychology
The benefits: Really intelligent faculty that will really help you out if you approach them. A lot of excellent, challenging classes. Peers that really care about their work and are motivated. Excellent for the sciences, politics, international and global studies and Judaic and Middle Eastern studies. Close to Boston. TONS of student resources. Campus is fairly pretty in the spring and fall. Great theatre/arts departments.The drawbacks: Total rip off in terms of tuition. Buildings are old and in need of renovation. Not enough on campus housing esp for upperclassmen. Food is pretty bad and during breaks it's almost impossible to get food on campus. South Street can be a little unsafe at night (always travel in groups.) VIRTUALLY NO PARTY/SOCIAL SCENE. Occasionally there will be a good frat/sports party but it is rare to find something big to do on the weekends. Not much diversity- almost everyone is either Asian or Jewish and rich.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Extracurricular Activities: A+, Social Life: D+

I just graduated, and I hated going there

Jun 02 2014Economics
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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