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Providence, RI
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6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 879 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The social scene is pretty nice. A great variety of people to be involved with. I would say that overall there are just as many couples as there are single people. The ratio isn't heavy to one side or the other, so the social scene is great. The girls aren't stuck up, and the guys aren't usually jerks

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1 College Senior

Greek Life: Frats are not a very prominent part of life at Brown.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are alright, not top of the line but not too bad.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: People are pretty responsible if they decide to use drugs and alcohol and the school. The administration is more focused on safety of users than punishment. They would rather have someone use safely then try and hide it and possibly die from overuse since they'd rather try to help themselves out then seek medical attention.

3 College Junior

Weather: I come from Massachusetts, but I get cold pretty easily, so the winter's are pretty cold. Invest in a parka and/or a hat. Definitely bring a pair of rainboots, and snowboots for the winter. Snowboots really give you the traction you need to walk around when it's icy/snowy. It definitely rains more than it snows, even if it's snowing in other areas of New England.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer St. has a bunch of good places, but it can get old pretty fast. I definitely recommend taking a walk down to Wickenden once in a while; a lot of the restaurants there are really good. And don't forget about going downtown once in a while! Federal Hill has some great places, but it can be more of a trek. However, the trolley is free with Brown ID :)

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Very diverse, and most everyone is accepting and open-minded. :) There is a group for everyone here.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of people complain about the housing at Brown, but honestly it's not half bad. The rooms are very decently sized, and nothing is absolutely horrible. I lived in one of the "worst" dorms my sophomore year, Grad Center, yet the rooms were a comfortable size + you got your own room. Also, Brown is renovating freshman and some sophomore dorms (Keeney, Pembroke Campus, and Perkins will be renovated in the near future), and the facilities are amazing. Reslife can be frustrating to work with sometimes but if you're persistent you can have your voice heard. The Housing Lottery can be confusing, but once you've gone through it once, it's really not that complicated - plus they're getting rid of it next year, I believe.

All in all, I feel that Brown's dorms are above average of what one might expect of a college - but if you're expecting Buckingham Palace for your undergrad years, then you won't like it.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers in libraries, but it's hard to obtain access to one during reading period/finals. Printing is not as reliable as it could be either.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Providence is a small city, but there are many restaurants/dining options nearby. People love going to Thayer Street, where there are places that serve sushi, pizza, coffee, tea, and the usual staple foods/drinks for college-students. Just recently, a new Gourmet Heaven opened up on Meeting Street and it sells everything!! Other good restaurants include Al Forno, Duck and Bunny, Bacaro, etc.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Brown University is a liberal institution, which is not only reflected in the open curriculum, but also in the diversity of students in terms of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. Students have varying beliefs and values, but they share the same all-inclusive and curious demeanor that epitomizes the open-minded Brown student. Students engage in intelligent conversations about oppression, discrimination, and inequality inside and outside of the classroom, ultimately providing people with greater knowledge of the experiences of their peers and leading them to make attitudinal changes. Be prepared to have your existing beliefs/notions challenged over and over again!

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: I love the people at this school, but don't come here if you want nice dorms or expect to have complaints taken seriously by the administration. The housing is run down to the point where me and my friends wonder whether the administration is trying to get upperclassmen to move off campus so that they can totally rehab the dorms. A majority of the student body live in Grad Center- the black mold is so bad there that I know someone whose asthma got substantially worse during the year they lived there and literally had mold growing in their lungs when they finally went to the hospital.

ResLife also sucks, they don't care if your living situation is comfortable for your needs or even safe...the heat in my best friend's room was broken and she tried to get it fixed, the admin never really tried to, and she had to get through a Northeast winter without heat. Not good.

The reason I didn't give housing an F is that the housing off campus is actually really nice, cheap and close to campus! I would highly recommend it!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of housing options off campus, many people sublet. Its qite easy and the off campus housing is close to main campus.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: i am a fresman and fresmen are not allowed to have a car on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse and people are accepting of each other.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is okay, but sometimes the noisy students go a little crazy during the night parties.

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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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