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Brandeis University is a place that has brilliantQuite BrightPsychology
Brandeis University is a place that has brilliant professors. Unfortunately, that is the only good thing about it. The housing is really bad.. and I don't know how to stress this enough. DCL doesn't care about the students at all, and is overstaffed and overpriced. The only thing worse than the administration is the food. You have to pay thousands of dollars for a meal plan with limited options and only 3 meal swipes a day at fixed timings. The meal plan is compulsory and highly frustrating. It makes things very difficult for students, especially those with dietary restrictions. Also, the timings of the dining places open are often wrong online to make it look like they are open for longer than they are. I've found insects in my food three times, and gone to bed hungry more times than I can count because I can't use one meal swipe at 5 pm and another at 10pm. Sodexo does not answer inquiry emails because no one on this campus cares about the students. Honestly, it would be okay if the housing and food was bad but the cost was extremely low. But you're paying the exact same amount, or even slightly more than people pay to live in the middle of New York City (NYU housing) to live in the middle of nowhere with rundown buildings and rude staff. And you could order a kick ass takeout by paying the exact same amount for the terrible food they serve in the dining halls. Where the hell is my money going??? Not to improve the resources on campus, that's for sure. The housing is terrible, the food is bad, the administration is rude and unresponsive, the extra- curricular activities are limited, there's a shortage of study space during every midterm season ever, there's generally nothing fun to do on the weekends, and no one seems to care about you. This semester, they shut down the convenience store early during FINALS WEEK. Lol. The tours really delude you. So unless you're on full scholarship, my advice would be- don't go to Brandeis. And don't listen to the tour guides because they're reading from a script that doesn't exist. Instead, go to community college and go to an even better place for your post grad. I really wish I had.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2019
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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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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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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