Providence, RI
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Reviews 893 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Providence has one of the best dining scenes including cheap eats and classy date night restaurants.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Take the time to venture off College Hill--you will find some gems in Providence!

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Certain groups of people are very involved in athletics, but it is not a cornerstone of overall student life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is not a huge influence on campus. It is mainly viewed (by non-Greeks) as the party supplier.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Use your meal credits when you can and save your precious points!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Hipsters and their imitators abound. You can pretty much wear anything you want.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is easy to arrange as long as you and your housing group are organized and plan ahead. Most options are houses with multiple rooms. There is a large range of prices and quality of housing. The school can help first-time renters review their leases.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Students have to be active about finding internships. If you are, they are relatively easy to get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: With the Common Application, the application process is very smooth.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Brown prides itself on its diversity and its students' ability to confront conflicts that arise out of these categories.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is always a party to go to once Friday afternoon hits, usually of the drinking-frat party variety. Many participate, but it is very easy to not participate if that is not your scene.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The administration treats students like adults. Students are responsible for knowing their own limits, but the university does provide help for those who might have estimated them incorrectly.

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid at Brown, but I have not heard complaints from people who did.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Being a student at Brown is great. It certainly is hard work, but there are also so many events--performing arts, athletic, and social--that balance out academics.

5 College Senior

Majors: Brown has a lot of academic opportunities available.

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College Senior

Campus Strictness: I haven't been to the campus yet. I'll go for a week in August-2014.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Scholarships: I received a scholarship to help offset my tuition expenses.

3 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I'm an online/distance learning student.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I'm a graduate student. Athletics is not what I'm there for.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique is its Open Curriculum. Students aren't limited by course requirements and are free to design their own education. I like having the freedom to pick and choose my classes. I would choose my school if I could do it all over again, since I am able to be the architect of my own education.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students stay on-campus but in general, off campus housing is easy to find. Brown is located near Thayer St, and there are many apartments in that proximity. Public transportation is close by and in general, living off-campus is convenient. There is limited parking space near Brown so most students do not have their own vehicles.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining options on campus are healthy, but not necessarily the most diverse. I wish that there was greater quality food due to the prices of the meal plans.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: Brown could be more diverse, but compared to most other colleges, it is probably pretty diverse.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of our frats and sororities are kind of jokes, like really low-key, co-ed, and un-official, I think we only have like 4 or 5 stereotypical frats and sororities, and most people just think they're weird/insane. Greek organizations just live in certain dorms mixed in with other students, both independents and members of other frats/program houses.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not hear anything about our varsity athletics. I think we have some good teams but I'm not really sure. I've had athletes in my classes before but I'm not friends with any

1 person found this useful Report

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Justin Kim
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Brown has a reputation that precedes itself. As an Ivy League school, Brown carries a distinction that many students desire, while knowing little about what they need or want in a liberal arts education. In that sense, Brown’s liberal nature and open curriculum exceed that of the average liberal arts school. Many students redefine and rediscover themselves in college, and Brown’s biggest strength is that it promotes individual development and self-discovery over the course of the undergraduate career. Internally, you have a lot of chances to make mistakes, which the University calls “discoveries,” in the course of your studies. It’s easy to change your concentration in the fifth or even sixth semester.

Few people who choose Brown regret it. While it’s not the school for everyone, almost anyone can find what they are looking for at Brown. Whether you are from New England or Siberia, there are clubs, organizations, classes, and fellow students who share your academic and personal interests. Most people choose Brown for its liberal nature and its strong academic resources, and few are disappointed.

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