Brandeis University

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Overview

College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus—that’s why we intend to publish information about all aspects of a particular college, even the terrible parts you wouldn’t find in a campus brochure. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427400260
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: COLLEGE GDES
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Katz was born in 1983 in New York City. He grew up in Scarsdale, New York and attended Edgemont High School. In high school he got a hand in everything from being the class president to being an editor of the features section of the newspaper to starting a volunteer tutoring group. In college, this same passion for getting involved continued as Andrew served as a senator while living in the Castle Quad. He has also served as a volunteer for admissions, worked in the social action wing of Hillel called Mitzvah Corps, and wrote for the Arts section of the school newspaper, The Justice. His favorite activities are writing his weekly sports column for the Justice, his sports talk radio show, his opportunities to broadcast basketball games, and tutoring. As part of the Brandeis Class of 2006, Andrew was undecided as to what to major in when he first came to Brandeis. He threw around American studies and politics as possible majors, and legal studies and Near Eastern and Judaic studies as possible minors. But finally, he's decided on economics as a major with minors in business and journalism. He is not sure what he's going to do when he graduates Brandeis but would like to go into a field where his love of sports can be expressed. Andrew is an avid sports fan and admits he goes to espn.com more times in a day than he visits the library in a year.As a die-hard Yankee fan living in Red Sox country, Andrew would like to thank Aaron Boone for making his sophomore year a little more enjoyable. All joking aside, Andrew says that the real thanks go out to his friends who helped him write this book. Without their input, he would be lost. He would especially like to thank hisgirlfriend, Jess, who has been his biggest supporter. He would also like to thank Mom, Dad, and Gillian for putting up with him as he wrote this book—let's just say he wasn't in the mood to chit-chat most of those days. Lastly, he would like to thank the people who bought this book. Brandeis was about number four on Andrew's college list, but he admits he wouldn't go back and change his decision for anything. Most of all, he hopes that the people who read this book can experience the same enjoyment. Andrew Katz
andrewkatz@collegeprowler.com
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Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 11
Safety & Security 18
Computers 23
Facilities 28
Campus Dining 34
Off-Campus Dining 40
Campus Housing 48
Off-Campus Housing 55
Diversity 59
Guys & Girls 64
Athletics 70
Nightlife 77
Greek Life 85
Drug Scene 90
Campus Strictness 94
Parking 98
Transportation 103
Weather 110
Report Card Summary 114
Overall Experience 115
The Inside Scoop 120
Finding a Job or Internship 124
Alumni 126
Student Organizations 128
The Best & Worst 130
Visiting 132
Words to Know 136
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