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Providence, RI
Undergrads
6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Brown students are almost completely lacking in school spirit. Almost nobody goes to athletic events, other then possibly when we play Harvard in football. However, the intramural sports are a lot of fun, and we have several very nice gyms across the campus

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frats are there if you want them, but they don't dominate the social scene. The parties are open to anyone, although they sometimes charge a cover

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Brown's Financial Aid program is innovative and progressive, especially for an Ivy League university. A student who demonstrates proficient need can earn a near-full ride scholarship to Brown, can find work-study employment, and can apply for a named scholarship to further aid in their textbook or travel costs (not to mention outside scholarships). Brown is determined to bring the best and brightest, most diligent and committed students to their campus, and are both able and willing to pay the bill. Careful attention to financial aid awards, however, is important. They want to see responsibility and organization before they provide money.

7 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If alcohol is to be considered a drug, the availability and leniency of the substance for underage students is abhorrent. There is almost no addressing of this issue around campus as it pertains to underage drinking--although I do appreciate that judgment-free services are available for students who may sustain injuries from heavy intoxication without fear of legal consequence for their sickness. I only wish that there were more promotion against alcohol use instead of the "blind eye."
While I am unaware of any heavy drug dealing at Brown, it's not uncommon for students to smell pot being smoked in or around dorm rooms, while preventative measures against it are not observed. It's also worth noting that Brown promotes its most popular concert series (Spring Weekend) around 4/20 day (April 20th, a day known for smoking marijuana in the States), and last year had its headline outdoor performance that day, no doubt to capitalize on the well-promoted social drug.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Brown is infamous for its liberal atmosphere, which very truly allows students freedom to do whatever they wish in dorms and around campus. The downfall to this freedom is that students are given rights without responsibility--this plays very negatively when dorm parties or events disrupt the living environment for other students who may be studying, sleeping, or who simply wish to not feel threatened or violated when walking through hallways reeking of beer, strewn with garbage, or littered with hanging wires from exit signs broken by other, less considerate students. The fact that there are no ramifications for behavior disrespectful to other students in dorms (the behavior is hardly addressed to begin with), it continues and escalates through the year.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A credit to Brown University is the immaculate setting of the educational experience. Facilities are well maintained and frequently renovated. However, equipment and facilities that are underused or have been recently moved/changed fall through the cracks of facilities maintenance. For example, a recently renovated dormitory had no personal safes installed for many students on a particular floor. Despite constant email and in-person complaints, the year went by with no safes installed for these students. Aside from this, most facilities--especially for public gatherings or events--are well maintained

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports are popular, but not anywhere near the level of many state schools or even other schools of similar stature. Despite this, a big swath of the student body participates in athletics, formally or informally, and in generally, students are very active and physically involved.

Facilities are good, but can always be improved. Issues are addressed quickly. School spirit is a bit lacking, as most students tend to focus more on their studies and social activities more so than attending some sport events. However, the more popular sports, like football or soccer, attract very large crowds. Most sports team across numerous disciplines do very well on a national level. A few Brown students have even performed at Olympic events.

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The variety of social backgrounds and experiences in the student body make Brown University an incredibly vibrant and active place. Students are very hard-working, but also take social activities and partying as seriously as their future careers, as it is important to also have fun!

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Providence's weather is typical for New England schools near large bodies of water - unreliable and occasionally uncomfortable for longer walking trips. It rains very often and is mostly cloudy or partially cloudy when not rainy. During the winter months, it can snow a lot. Both the rain and snow can make a campus walking trip very uncomfortable. However, when the weather is agreeable, particularly during spring and summer months, all of the students take to the outdoors and it's a great time to take advantage of the good weather!

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Brown University's financial aid system was very satisfactory during the application process and improved during my first year after then President Ruth Simmon instituted several changes to the financial aid policy. These changes improved aid for families and students of modest economic backgrounds, which helped me profoundly.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The RIPTA bus system is free with your student ID, which is really convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You can pretty much find a party literally any time. Seriously, don't worry about it.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms depend on where you are. Keeney's fun but kind of gross, Pembroke campus dorms tend to be nicer but they're more isolated.

5 College Senior

Diversity: I literally feel like a minority being white and heterosexual and relatively economically privileged here. Brown celebrates diversity more than any other institution I've visited in the country.

15 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: Non Greeks make up the majority of students and they go to frat parties every now and then but don't pay much attention to it otherwise

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Brown University is famous for its open curriculum which allows students to take control of their own education.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the Business Program and Education Program at Brown! Because we don't have general ed requirements and have flexible concentration requirements, I am able to take the classes that most interest me. The workload sometimes doesn't seem like work because I choose what classes I like.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains ALOT for every season. Also, during the winter it snows and rarely is there a snow day. Luckily, classes are relatively close anywhere you live on campus and it is very lively when the sun comes out.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Brown is not that big, however, if you want drugs and know the right people, you can find them. If you are not looking for drugs or are looking to having a drug-free experience it is totally possible. Brown students do not pressure others into doing anything. For the most part, what you do is fine as long as you are in your room and blowing smoke out of the window.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people are not ready to dedicate a huge chunk of time to playing for the school's team so a lot of kids actually choose this route.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a a lot of spirit and the kids are generally excited about sports.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers always know what they are talking about ,although there are a few courses in which the professors can be hard to follow.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Brown is wonderful. All the opportunity one could ever ask for is offered; all you have to to is go out and get it.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: The Brown Financial Aid office was very helpful. They help you understand that although you might want more, the need has to be there. I received the amount of aid proportionate to my parent's tax returns, which doesn't give me a ton. However, when you lose forms, you can lose out big time because they are sticklers for the rules.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms always have room for improvement. Some dorms are very hot while others are very cold. The campus seems stretched out but isn't really that large when it comes down to it. Facilities needs to help take better care of the dorms so that no one has to suffer.

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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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