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

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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.

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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!

5 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.

10 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.

4 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.

4 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
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They aren't strict at all. I have the freedom to not only create my own curriculum, but to do whatever I want. As long as you're respectful of others you won't find yourself in trouble.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's stuff to do around Providence and especially on campus, but sometimes students are known to get bored. Boston is about an hour's train ride away, but it's not that convenient. The Providence Place Mall is a great place to hang out, eat at the Cheesecake Factory, or catch a movie, but the same old mall can get dull after four years. Still, the locals are friendly, there are some good restaurants that aren't too expensive, and it's a pretty safe area. Not too bad for the capital of the smallest state in the country.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It – People here work hard and excel, but also know how to have fun too. Everyone's really friendly, the food isn't too bad, and campus is safe & beautiful. I honestly couldn't see myself going anywhere else.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe but Be Vigilant. I've never felt unsafe at Brown, but there have been muggings on the outskirts of campus. However, those muggins are few and far between. Brown is technically not a closed campus so it's quite easy for townies to venture inside (which is what I love about the campus). It makes it very open and beautiful, but also poses a potential danger for unwelcome wrongdoers. The best thing for a person to be is vigilant. Other than that, Providence is a just another quiet yet vibrant city.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: If the Campus Were a Dog, It'd Be a Mut – No one is the same. I always find myself wishing there was a camera nearby because I'm always finding myself in a group with varying race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, and religious background. Because of this, we have a reputation for being a very liberal school, as we are aware of the extreme diversity in our school.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Above Average but Room for Improvement – There are a ton of options. However these cafeterias aren't open everyday, and when they are, the food can get quite repetitive. What I love about the food is that there are a ton of vegan options. It's so easy to become a vegetarian. I love the salad bar and the vegetarian late night restaurant, the Ivy Room. Their falafels are great!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sport Is Average, but There's Still a Community – Sports at Brown are not huge at all, but are nonetheless attended. Men's football and soccer, and women's rugby, are probably the most followed sports on campus. These include intramural, club, and varsity sports. To be honest, I don't know much about athletics at Brown, yet I know many things about the school. This alone should be a testament to Brown's underrated athletics.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's Ok. It's definitely majority white students, but there are a lot of foreign students (since Brown doesn't have an English requirement) and a lot of Asians.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy Peasy – It was definitely easy. Brown University already had a required essay about why you want to choose whatever major you're in. It doesn't affect the major you have to choose once you're actually in the school. Everyone is free to choose any major they wish and there's no core so you can dive straight into the curriculum.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It Intern – Even though I'm a CS major, being an IT intern helped me learn about the hardware, instead of just the software.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Fun and Open – As a CS major, I still managed to have a social life and learn a lot of important things at the same time.


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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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