Brandeis University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
I originally chose Brandeis because they had offered me a full tuition scholarship. However, I deferred for three years to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces. When I was ready to matriculate, they had taken away any every penny and I was left with a devastating tuition that I could not afford in addition to costs associating with moving to MA (which has a significantly higher cost of living than Texas, where I am originally from). I was aware that my scholarship packaged would most likely be revised upon matriculation, however, since I had put my three year deferral on my application - Brandeis was absolutely aware of my plans to defer. I felt as if they had baited me with a full tuition scholarship. Their policies and bureaucracies in general are terrible and difficult to wade through, but I assume this is the case with most institutions. I spent my entire academic career appealing for more financial aid and while they were incredibly reluctant to give me any money, they did increase my financial aid package each semester. However, in order to kind-of afford Brandeis and living in Boston, I had to work 20 hours/week and take an overload of classes each semester to graduate early because I couldn't afford the 8th semester instead of focusing on my very expensive education. I would have held a job anyway but I wouldn't have worked as many hours and I certainly wouldn't have freaked out about trying to graduate early. All that being said, I filled out numerous transfer applications but never completed or sent any. In my 7 semesters at Brandeis, I only had three professors who were awful. While I loathed the financial aid office, I thoroughly appreciated the vast majority of professors I had the opportunity to learn from, which can't be said about most institutions. The professors at Brandeis have autonomy over their curriculum which means the terrible bureaucracy of Brandeis has no place in academics. In addition, even the larger classes have a personal feel due to the small nature of the university. It is possible and encouraged to get to know your professors and have them know you. You can personalize your education if you want. I feel that the knowledge and resources I've had access to during my time at Brandeis have been incredibly helpful in shaping my career path and without a doubt, I feel prepared for my next step.
Brandeis University is an incredibly diverse university where I received my wonderful education. I was a triple major and I had plenty of time to volunteer and partake in various extracurricular activities. Brandeis University fosters personal growth inside and outside of the classroom and I could not imagine attending another university.
I thought that this school made me very prepared and its rigor gave me a leg up when I entered Podiatry School. I came into graduate school ready to handle the workload. The classes at Brandeis University are pretty difficult. I liked the humanities more in some ways because I felt that it was easier to do well in them. One thing to be aware of is that I did not find the administration helpful at all, when I had an issue with a teacher. A close friend of mine also had an issue with the administration due to the lack of support they provided when she was sexually assaulted on campus. If you go to this school, it will make you prepared to handle anything in the future. Make sure to be self-reliant and rely on yourself and your friends, than assuming the administration will be able to help you.
Brandeis University is a superior research university with a unique, quirky culture (sort of brainy/nerdy and Jewish...) The typical student has two majors and a minor (some have triple majors or double/double), identifies as Jewish in some way, identifies as socially awkward in some way, and is strongly committed to social justice. The professors are outstanding, experienced and respected in their fields. The religious culture on campus doesn't affect the academic experience except insofar as classes are not held on Jewish holidays. The Jewish and non-Jewish students tend to mingle and get along very well, although there is always conflict and controversy among competing student groups with regard to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. There is a wide variety of extracurricular activities available on campus, including some truly unique niche ones! As an alumna, I'm very satisfied with my college experience, but I do recommend visiting campus before you make a decision.
Great small classes and access to professors. Not such great help with career direction
Amazing University with thoughtful engaged and intelligent students. Close interactions with professors. Positive campus environment. Great outlets for student leadership.
Brandeis is a very academically challenging school; however, you will never find a group of people who are more invested in each others' success.
Great place to go. Classes were small, taught by professors not grad students. Faculty were always available and responded to your individual needs. Lots of activities, shuttle to Boston. Dorms and food were great, students were friendly.
Brandeis University is an amazing place to go to college - I found myself constantly surrounded by ambitious, driven, and intelligent people who pushed me even further to succeed. Academics are definitely challenging and the atmosphere is competitive, but that only serves as encouragement to push yourself to become the best person you can be. The professors at Brandeis are some of the best in the world, as well. As a student at Brandeis, you will be under the mentorship of arguably some of the smartest people you will ever meet. Overall, I would go here again if could. Since I can't, I would recommend that others do!