Providence, RI
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Reviews 840 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Dining halls do not offer good dining plan, so I personally got off the meal plan after my first year (people have to be enrolled in a meal plan at least for a year.) However there are lots of good food at the Blue room which is like a campus cafe. There bakery is amazing. It is really cheap, too, but meal menus are bit pricey.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is very safe in Providence, especially College hill where the university is located. The general atmosphere is very chill and calm since there are not many things to do; you can find everything you need such as a mall, movie theater, and restaurants, but there is no excitement. There is bi-weekly event called Waterfire downtown which is one of main attractions here in Providence. Sports is not that big since Brown is not really into athletics, but it is artsy as it is close to the best art school, RISD.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girls are great and pretty attractive, well dressed. Guys, however, are harder. The problem is that Brown has really become a hub for smart, gay men. Think about it- of the other ivies, Brown and Columbia are really the only two that I would qualify as very accepting. Consequently, gay men seem to really flock here. I have nothing against that, but it makes it really hard for straight women to find a mate. Luckily I have a boyfriend, but my friends' first question when they see a cute guy isn't "is he single?" but "is he straight?" That's the reason I give Brown a B+ rather than an A or A-. The people here are great personally, and, if available, generally make excellent partners.

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1 College Junior

Weather: Weather seems even worse then the rest of the east coast

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There to help with drinking issues (ie get someone to the hospital if they need to ), not to get you in trouble

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's fine, a presence if you want it, but not pervasive if you aren't into that. Don't come here if youre a girl looking for sororities though. there are only two, and they are not active or "cool," but frats are pretty well respected around campus generally. They throw decent parties too

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Pretty terrible food. The "points" versus meal credit system is also incredibly inefficient financially. in my opinion, protein is the biggest problem. no real consistent source ,and they got rid of a lot of the good protein sources at the salad bar.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Brown has very nice buildings equipped with practically anything you need for a successful year both socially and academically.

2 College Freshman

Parking: New England. Tiny streets. Tourist attraction.
Its tough to find parking, but if you need it you'll find it (barring holidays).

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everything is extremely laid back. There are some stereotypes of Brown that every one of us is a pothead treehugger, but so many people are straight-edge. The first month of school is unique in that the most vocal population of the school is the partying crowd, but that buckles down when classes start, as with any school. People are generally smart about their drug use, but thankfully the medical services and good friends keep things going when they take a turn for the worse.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are always open and staffed, as well as the libraries. You can always print and find computers with the necessary software.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Food sucks but the dorms are nice and good for bonding.

1 College Junior

Weather: It can be so icy that everyone is literally crawling to class, and they will not cancel classes. One guy broke his nose because he was walking with his hands in his pockets and slipped.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties are fun but nothing like at west coast schools

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I think that the variety offered at the Ratty dining hall is excellent. The food is great too. At the V-dub variety lacks but it's because the size of the dining hall is smaller. However, quality is excellent. It sucks that they close weekends though because people who live nearby it like me have to walk further to eat on weekends. But even then it's relatively close. Josiah's is a great place to have dinner and late night snacks if you plan to stay up late studying. There are more places and overall they're all great.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a full ride and was very satisfied that students like me who need the money, did receive it. It was a bit tough for me communicating with financial aid because they can get so busy but making appointments makes it much easier. Always review your financial aid package and stay on top of things!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: The open curriculum is great to see whatever classes you want to pursue and you don't have to waste time in classes that you hate or would never use in your major. The shopping period allows you to go and sit in on the classes so you can decide whether or not you want to take the class and you have a chance to check it out.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Weather: Providence weather is very rainy and dreary most of the time. It doesn't always downpour, it's usually just annoying light rain and misting, just enough to make it humid and gross out.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Parking: Providence is very small and there are a lot of people so it is always very crowded so there's hardly any room to park. The parking garage that is very empty is very far away from everything so it's not really worth it to park there.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Providence has so many cute little shops, stores, restaurants and bars that are very accessible and fun to go to. The main street, Thayer, always has a lot going on.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are a variety of freshman dorms available, two that are all freshmen, so it's good to be around all people your own age that are going through the same things as you are. They aren't the biggest or best, but it has a sense of camaraderie that is really great. Upperclassmen dorms are spacious and nice because you can choose to live with your friends and you have a lot of different options and rooms.

4 College Junior

Academics: Being a biology major at brown is wonderful. There are many opportunities for research and the classes are all very interesting. There is something for every interest. The professors all really love what they teach too. It can be difficult, but is manageable.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: Need blind for domestic US applicants and the financial aid is very generous. If your tax income is below 60,000, Brown will cover all the costs, so you'll have no parent contribution.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Incredible Classes – There are so many classes to choose from at Brown and the S/NC (pass/fail) grade option allows you to take any class outside your major without affecting your grades. The Open Curriculum offers so many options to create not only your path in your major but even create a new major for yourself. The workload can be heavy, especially for science concentrators, but possible to accomplish. Professors and TA's are available and tutoring options are always open to those who are struggling.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Several apartments are available but you have to be upper classman to apply for off campus housing and sign your leases in late September/ early October to get a place close to the school.

1 person found this useful Report

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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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