Providence, RI
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Reviews 892 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are 2 main dining halls which are open until 7:30 pm, and then there are 3 eateries: the Blue Room, the Gate, and Joe's. The Blue Room makes amazing sandwiches for which there is always a long line, and the Gate and Joe's are the late-night options (open until 2am). The Gate and Joe's are on opposite sides of campus so students aren't too far from a late-night snack.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally have never felt unsafe on Brown's campus, but that's because late at night, I usually am walking around the center. There are incidents of muggings, but those usually happen on the periphery of the campus. Brown offers a late-night shuttle service so sometimes, if I'm walking from one end of campus to another, that's an alternative option to walking.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus, Brown police, or BroPo, are very helpful. They are not aimed at shutting things down. Their primary objective is to keep students safe on campus and they do this well. Off campus can get a little dangerous though.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of fun and exciting people here at Brown. While the student population is very diverse, it manages to be a collection of some of the most driven and intelligent people one can hope to meet. While you may not find most students in tabloids, both guys and girls are generally attractive. It is said that Brown is the most attractive Ivy.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of restaurants on Thayer Street. There are also some great Italian restaurants on Federal Hill.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are some gems and some bad dorms. Thankfully, Brown has realized the inconsistency and is building newer more beautiful dorms.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The off campus options are superb, and the non dining hall campus eateries are also pretty good. The food at the Ratty (main dining hall) gets repetitive though.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. Diversity through country of origin, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are reliable, and the printing stations are accessible. Not many Macs, but the PCs do the job.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our sports are decent, but the only problem is the lack of school spirit. People do go see the games, just not most people.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: All transport, including RIPTA (RI busses) is free

3 College Junior

Facilities: Great academics, the facilities are for the most part nice, especially the newer ones. Brown just built a new recreation center that's quite beautiful with an olympic sized swimming pool and everything. I also love studying on the second floor of the Stephen Roberts' Campus Cente.r

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses come frequently and are very accessible to many areas in the city. Also, Brown provides its own Saferide system for students (free!) who are on campus late and need to get home.

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.


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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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