Brandman University
Irvine, CA, USA

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Brandman University
2.95 Average Rating

Lucas from Modesto, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Brandman University is great for the working person that need a set school schedule. Do you work that 9-5 job and can't go to college well classes start at 5:30. All the teachers that I have had are knowledgeable and very helpful with all your needs, they want you to get what you are learning!
Tips for prospective students
Classes are only 8 weeks long so it is very important to look ahead and stay on top of your work!
Academic Rigor
They get that you are most likely a parent, and have a job. With this in mind they do not cram in too much work, but you can not just float through.
Dorm Life
Where ever you live that your dorm... Not applicable for this school
What to do for fun
Snowboard, web design, beach, watch tv, video games, spend time with my girlfriend
Bang for the buck
It cost a lot of money but they work with your schedule and most schools don't do that.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Locations are all over find one near you
Great for these types of students
Students that are busy with work and families
Campus Safety
They have a security guard that is on watch.
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Jessica from Summerland, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Brandman is an online school that has dedicated its curriculum and class structure to the busy or working individual. Classes are online and 95% of the work includes reading, essays, forum writing, or team exercises; only once have I take a multiple choice exam. I feel like Brandman University is challenging in the sense that we have to write so much, but this encourages the student to be creative and think beyond what is simply taught in lectures or in the readings.
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Tips for prospective students
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Academic Rigor
Classes are 8 week intensive and includes lots of reading and writing.
What to do for fun
They have a facebook page.
Bang for the buck
Classes are around $1400 per class, cheaper if not equivalent to the CSU system.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
They have locations all over the state if you want to attend in class.
Great for these types of students
Busy, working, with children, self-motivated individual, overseas, military, fireman, etc.
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Cody from Newport Beach, CA

a past student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Brandman caters to the needs of working adults, making a higher eduation attainable for everyone. The programs offered place a lot of demand on students but bring forth a sense of great accomplishment at the end of the day. I enjoyed the option to learn in-person and online because it allowed me (and others) to get through the program in good time.
Tips for prospective students
Engage with the staff and faculty members because they are really there to help you in any way that they can. Some of the faculty are even students themselves and know both sides of how to work with the system to get through each class.
Academic Rigor
A lot of nights and weekends were spent on each and every course. There are a lot of papers and presentations to prepare and it is important to keep on top of everything since sessions are so short that classes end before you know it.
What to do for fun
I participated solely online and the campus itself is a small building in Irvine. I'm sure that fellow classmates engage in social gatherings but I was never present for any in-person courses.
Bang for the buck
Brandman holds the same accredidation as Chapman University (Orange, CA) and students are granted access to the Chapman Library. I completed my MBA and spent a fraction of what I would have spent if I attended Chapman itself. I also was able to tailor classes to suit my working lifestyle and work online rather than take off work and have to commute to campus. Overall, I highly recommend the program and think the school is setting itself apart from other adult-education universities.
Great for these types of students
Working adults, military members, students who learn better online or in small group settings
Campus Safety
I never had any problems when I was on campus.
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Lynne from Fontana, CA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I love the way this school offers on ground courses as well as online. I also love the way this school has classes starting every 2 months. The staff was very friendly and more than willing to help me out with everything.
Tips for prospective students
See a counselor about which program you are thinking about to find out about pre-requisites
Academic Rigor
This school is a little harder than some other universities I have attended. They require a lot of writing.
Dorm Life
I do not live in the dorms
Food and Dining
I do not eat on campus
What to do for fun
This is a small university, although there are several campuses. I picked the campus close to where I live so this question isn't relevant.
Bang for the buck
This schools pricing is similar to any other school.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There are plenty campuses to choose the campus nearest you. I really like the way the staff goes out of their way to help. I haven't seen this before with any other college. It's pretty much, you're on your own anywhere else. These guys really follow through and get things done for you.
Great for these types of students
People looking to take classes while working full time as the classes on ground are from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. There are also many online classes to choose from.
Clubs and Activities
I can't say that they have clubs and activities but their buildings are beautiful.
Campus Safety
No issues with safety
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Markie from Vacaville, CA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
Brandman is great for students who work and have families outside of school. They work one on one with you to create individual educational plans and guide you to success. They also provide an academic coach to meet with each student to check up on them, help with transistioning into the college, and provide assistance to keeping you on track of your educational plan.
Tips for prospective students
The best advice for prospective students is to do your research on all the colleges you plan to apply to. Make sure that the decision made is made without any regret. Also, I would advise to always be educated on yout financial aid status because Brandman is really expensive.
Academic Rigor
Since I have not yet attended my first course, I can't tell you how rigorous they will be. However, many people I know have attended and said that there is alot of writing and repitition busy work.
Dorm Life
There is no dorm living available at this campus.
Food and Dining
At the campus, they provide a really nice student room with a vending machine, fridge, and microwave to accomadate students.
What to do for fun
At Brandman, they provide a variety of workshops and opportunities to reach out into the work field of your choice.
Bang for the buck
Amazing way to finish up your undergraduate or graduate program in a quick and effective way. The staff is always helping and are very pleasant to work with.
Great for these types of students
Great for working students and students with families.
Campus Safety
There is always security on campus and the location is in a secure location.
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Jennifer from Albany, MO

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This school is very committed to helping the students succeed. They offer plenty of resources to help you along the way such as writing center and tutoring. At Brandman I have an academic adviser who is here to help me throughout my degree time with things such as putting together my Education Plan and registering for classes.
Tips for prospective students
Regardless what school you attend make sure that you are comfortable with the set up of the program, there are resources to help you along the way, and that the instructors or advisers seem to really care about you and your success. Make sure you explain in detail what you are wanting to accomplish career wise.
Academic Rigor
The courses offered are on topic to the degree you are seeking. They are manageable time wise and course load size.
Dorm Life
I do not stay in the dorms.
Food and Dining
I do not live on campus or use their dining facilities.
What to do for fun
I love to go to the movies, out to eat, and get involved in the clubs and organizations that are offered as part of the college student life. I am the Vice President of the Social Work Organization.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is not too high, and there technology fees are nowhere close to the other school i have looked at. They offer scholarships at times for different degrees.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I don't really know any unusual traditions or anything.
Great for these types of students
Adult learners as well as traditional students. They also offer online courses; which makes it easier for parents who have kids or jobs. It is a great school if you are looking for professors who care about you and will do anything to help you succeed.
Clubs and Activities
I am the Vice President of the Social Work Organization which just started up in December 2013. It seems like it is really going to be a great opportunity once we get into the year further.
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Josefina from Porterville, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Perfect school for working Adults. It offers blended classes and online classes for individuals who work full time. Very flexible with working schedule.
Tips for prospective students
Make an appointment with an advisor to customize a plan for your specific needs.
Academic Rigor
Must be disciplined and organize. Fast 8 week courses with a lot of material to learn. How much to take from class and put to good use is entirely up to you.
Dorm Life
No need to worry about dorm life with online classes you can log in from home and if you prefer face to face class time attend a local campus near you. Flexibility is the best feature with this University. It is unbelievable. For my finance classes I chose to attend a class at my local campus to get live help from instructors/professors.
Food and Dining
There are food courts near by my campus and driving distance into town is very short since campus is right in the busy part of town.
What to do for fun
Attending Brandman doesn't change or interfere with your personal activity since you don't have to live away from home its kind of like the University comes to your door step and revolves around your needs not the other way around. Life goes on as usual you get to do what ever you normally do in your leisure time.
Bang for the buck
The caption title listed here is BANG FOR THE BUCK that's exactly right on the personal experience you'll receive as a student at Brandman University. I love this school!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
No unusual traditions observed
Great for these types of students
Great for any type of student
Clubs and Activities
Plenty of community activities available for youth, young adults, and families.
Greek Life
Does not apply here
Campus Safety
Safe campus security is around while classes are in session and beyond.
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Brittnee from Nipomo, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
Brandman University was one of the best educational choices I have made. They make sure to work with you and your personal needs so that you can still receive a quality education with a busy lifestyle. I always feel challenged and that I am learning more every term.
Tips for prospective students
Take advantage of all of the educational tools that Brandman makes available for students. Some of my favorites are the writing labs and the executive coaches. I also really like that I can take all of my classes online and still feel apart of a classroom environment.
Academic Rigor
Brandman is WASC accredited along with many CSUs and they live up to that accrediation. The classes will challenge you but also make you feel like you are getting a great education. I love that I can get this same education online.
Dorm Life
I am an online student therefore I cannot rate this section fairly.
Food and Dining
Once again I am an online student.
What to do for fun
I am an online student.
Bang for the buck
This institution is worth the amount for the tuition. I believe that it is reasonable in comparison to other California Universities.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I am an online student.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students with busy lifestyles because they provide an outstanding hybrid and online community for education. I am able to work 35 hours a week and also go to school full time because of the amazing online program.
Clubs and Activities
I am an online student.
Greek Life
I am an online student.
Campus Safety
I am an online student.
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Sarah from Fairfield, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
Brandman University is the adult working person's institution for furthering their education. Flexible class option for online or blended formats as well as short term allowing for flexibility in the professional area of one's life. Brandman University is committed to a quality education for returning adults and full time working individuals.
Tips for prospective students
Know your strengths with online courses. If you tend to forget about assignments and due dates a full online course may not be for you. The blended course option has just enough face to face to encourage and motivate for the eight week course while still allowing the felxibility of a fully online course structure.
Academic Rigor
Each course has a Signature Assignment portion that is designed to allow the courses to be constantly reviewed and maintain accreditation.
Dorm Life
No Dorms for Brandman University.
Food and Dining
No food and dining.
Bang for the buck
Each course is about $750 but you are on a fast tracked course at 8 weeks vs 16 weeks.
Great for these types of students
Working adults and adults returning to college.
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