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Providence, RI
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6,118
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$42,808
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Very Hard
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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.

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3 College Sophomore

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

4 College Junior

Transportation: Holding a valid Brown ID gives you free access to the public transportation (RIPTA). They run about every 20 minutes and are fairly convenient. There's also a Down city Medshuttle that runs down College Hill into Providence, stopping at the locations that med students frequent. Otherwise, everything on College Hill is close enough for walking usually. Zipcars are readily accessible for those who need them, and taxis can be called to go to the airport if so desired (but a bus will take you to TF Green also).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a variety of ethnic places, such as Japanese, Thai, Ethiopian, and Italian. There's also au bon pain if you want something quick and casual, and Starbucks of course for those cups of coffee. Thayer Street, Wickenden Street, and Wayland Square offer a variety of cute and affordable local eats.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. It is a relatively small campus, but near a big city so it is important to be aware of your surroundings when walking at night. We get occasional emails about muggings that happen on or near campus, but I have never met anyone who has been a victim of a crime and campus police takes it extremely seriously.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is so variable! It rains a lot, and this year there was a huge blizzard that caused class to be cancelled for two days. The facilities and dining services staff went above and beyond to clear the snow and make sure all the students were fed and taken care of, despite the storm.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a street that runs through the back of campus which is full of restaurants and cafes. There are also more options downtown. It can be expensive, but there are a lot of neighborhoods with a variety of dining options.

5 College Junior

Majors: My concentration program is relatively small, but has an extremely excellent faculty and a great advisors. The classes are outstanding, challenging, and well-taught. The professors are always willing to help students in any way possible.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid, and the university does have a lot of money, but you should always try to find other supporting scholarships, because it's never enough.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a lot of new renovations to Brown's facilities such as the new athletic center, gym and pool, which are all really nice and great to use. There are a lot of great traditions and events on campus, such as the Naked Donut run and Heavy Petting of dogs on the Main green during finals periods. In the Spring, Spring Weekend is always a big deal, and its great to go to the concerts and have fun with your friends, even though that means you'll get no work done at all. There are so many places to hang out and work or just chill when the weather is nice, there are a lot of different greens and libraries near, no matter where you live on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a great variety that range from Thai to Ethiopian cuisines, all of which are really good and not too expensive. Most restaurants are not too far, and there are a lot of fancy and expensive places to go downtown.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are many parties on the weekends, and a few 18 and older bars and clubs that are not too far from campus. Most bars and clubs don't have very expensive cover charges and are lots of fun when there are Brown events going on there. Some frats have cover charges when they have themed parties.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Brown University is one of two institutions in the country to offer a Public Humanities Masters Program.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Brown University is an ivy league institution with very high faculty standards.

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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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