Providence, RI
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Reviews 879 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Weather: Well, it's the northeast, what do you expect? For the most part, it's fine even if there's inclement weather, because the college is located on the hill. It can get a little icey if the snow melts and freezes again - also the snow generally gets pretty gross several hours after it falls because of the plows. But the spring and fall are beautiful. Summer isn't bad either, but it can get VERY hot for a few days and consistently humid.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug scene is not totally noticeable, although you hear stories. It depends on who you hang out with. Drinking and partying is much more common.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Freshman year, I loved the Ratty, but after going there every day for two and a half years I'm really sick of it. There's a fancy new salad bar this year though, and that's pretty exciting.
The VW on the other end of campus from where I live and where my classes are, so I don't go there often, although I do partake in the occasional Chicken Finger Friday. That's a pretty big deal.

Jo's and the Gate are late-night places that rock, especially if you're drunk which I almost always am when I'm at Jo's. The Blue Room is good too but massively overpriced.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I literally love Brown's DPS. They will call you out if you are being dumb (e.g. carrying a case of beer into a freshman dorm and being obviously underage -- I've had friends who have had to pour out all their precious Natty), but otherwise they really are pretty chill. Brown on 4/20 is a sight to behold, and DPS stands by so that the Providence police don't show up. That said, they DO do things. I lost my phone a while ago and they helped me out a bunch, and everything I've heard is consistent with that. Basically, they're on your side unless you're being totally belligerent.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are actually being renovated and super nice now (so part of my low grade is that I'm jealous/bitter). Only doubles for freshmen, but it's good - helps you make friends. Housing for upperclassmen isn't so nice. Can be dirty/gross, and facilities only helps you out if you really really pester them.

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3 College Student

Weather: It's New England. Be expecting everything from blaring heat to frigid cold, humidity, wind, rain, snow...the works

3 College Student

Scholarships: I have another sister how attends Brown. The financial aid process is extremely time consuming, and I do not believe 100% of one's need is met, but it is worthwhile.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: I always feel safe walking on campus. I never have any concerns.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers in the libraries typically work well

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are interesting as well as challenging

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Whenever Ruth Simmons was in charge, the police were a lot less strict. But now that we have a new president, the whole campus experience has changed. Parties get broken up at 10:00, and you can't expect a party to go all night. But if you are having a smaller gathering in your room, then I can guarantee that the police probably won't bother you.
If you are an idiot, get drunk, and try to climb up the side of a building to get to an open window or if you run around Keeney breaking down exit signs, you will get in trouble with the police, and this might affect your academic record (not your social live).
If you get drunk and get sick enough to have to call for help, you will not get in much trouble. They really just want the students to be happy and safe. (:

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4 College Senior

Majors: There are so many majors available. In fact, you can even make your own. However there are not many professional/practical major such as accounting, business, etc, so that's a downside.

4 College Senior

Facilities: If you are talking about buildings and logistics, things are not that fancy and perfect. However, Brown does offer fantastic programs: a range of various study-abroad program, independent studies where you can make your course or even a major, and research program with a grant. PLME is also a great track for students who want to be a doctor, and RISD-Brown dual program is fantastic for ones who are interested in both art and academics. You really make anything happen here if your really want it.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene and drinking scene are pretty big at Brown, but it really depends who you are with. They do not force you to do anything, and if something happens (overdose/over-drinking), they react very properly and smoothly. People here party hard as much as they work, and so they really do know how to enjoy their free time whether it be with substances or not.

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.


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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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