Brandeis University Reviews
I admit that Brandeis was an acquired taste for me. It took me quite a bit of time to get adjusted to life at the college because I mostly attribute to the fact that I wasn't aware of all that the college had to offer at first. This would be my only criticism: that the school could do a better job at letting students know what is available to them on campus. But I am happy to say once I did discover the many things that Brandeis offered its students, I fell in love with nearly every aspect of the university. First off, the quality of the academics is superb: the professors are all clearly passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects they teach and are more than willing to help students even outside of office hours, going above and beyond the norm to connect with them. When you enroll in a course, be it a liberal arts class or a science course, you can tell right away that your tuition dollars are being well spent thanks to the depth of what you're learning. Secondly, there are several clubs on campus that make it very easy to find a community of your own where you can share your passions and interests with the friends you make there. Brandeis invests a lot into its clubs and it shows in the high-quality and entertaining productions and events these clubs put on seemingly every week. Thirdly, while the campus isnt the most beautiful one in the country by a long shot, it is small and quaint, which makes the population there all very close and tight-knit. By the second semester you will be walking around campus and recognizing a good majority of students who walk by you, making it really feel like you are a part of a community - something big city colleges often lack. Lastly, Brandeis invests heavily in your personal success. There are numerous resources on campus that all aim to support the student: from the peer mental health center, to the sexuality resources center, to the career center, to the individual freshmen mentors that Brandeis assigns to you when you arrive, all the way to the financial student services center where you can talk with a guidance counselor on what options are available to you to pay for school. All in all, Brandeis is a great college that excels in providing top-notch academics and clubs while fostering a close, tight-knit community with myriad services that look out for the individual student.
Brandeis provided me with a wide range of educational and extracurricular opportunities. There are several professors willing to help you regardless of your program and academic advisors that are ready to drop everything to help you. The campus is beautiful and the dormitories are fantastic. There are opportunities to make friends by joining clubs, holding an internship on campus or simply by sitting in class. The professors are passionate and love what they do. I majored in Psychology at Brandeis University and my professors assisted me with research and writing my many essays.
Brandeis boasts world-class instructors in most subject areas and an excellent, supportive alumni and a tight-knit student community. In addition to being a superior school for research, with a recently-awarded Nobel laureate among its professors, Brandeis has ample career-advising services and updated research facilities. I could list of many more facts trying to sell you on this school but you can find those for yourself googling around online. Instead, I'll say Brandeis is one of the warmest, most welcoming, accepting, highly-motivated, and intelligent communities you're bound to find, full of people who are genuine, caring, and committed to making this world a better place. Plus, they have a CASTLE and you can live in it!
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Brandeis. I was looking for a university where I could take many classes, challenge myself, think about the world in a different way, and graduate with two majors. I came in as a mid-year and graduated a semester early - so I was there for a total of three years. I really appreciated that Brandeis encourages students to double major - my advice to future students would be to take as many classes as possible! The school offers a lot of flexible tracks, and you can often use classes towards multiple majors/minors. In terms of campus life, there is something for everyone! I was very involved with theater on campus, and you can easily participate in multiple on and off-campus organizations. I would advise those who are looking to be active on campus to make sure you manage your time wisely and don't get burned out! It's easy to get carried away in the multiple opportunities that Brandeis offers. One of the things I loved most about Brandeis is the diversity on campus. The university attracts people from so many unique cultures, so you are able to connect with a lot of really interesting people. In addition, the Brandeis network is superb. I made a lot of connections with alumni and faculty which have had a great influence on my career. I was very pleased with the faculty's connections in the Boston area - I was able to get an internship at a great theater in Boston through the help of one of my professors, and my relationship with my supervisor at that theater has launched numerous exciting opportunities for me since graduating. The location of Brandeis is incredibly convenient, no matter what career you are looking to pursue - the school is 20 minutes from Boston, right next to the commuter rail, and extremely close to many up-and-coming companies. Waltham is becoming a great center for corporations and various businesses, so it's a very exciting area. I would recommend Brandeis to anyone - I feel that it has greatly contributed to my development, and it has provided me with incredible opportunities. I look forward to seeing what the future of the university holds.
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.