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

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Happiest Students? Oh Now I Understand – Brown is pretty much awesome. The class options are fantastic, ranging from Into the Machine- a survey of science fiction literature- to Biotechnology in the Modern World. Even though it is tempting tp spend all of your time socializing with all of the interesting people here, you have to study unless you want to sink. Definitely choose Brown if you want an academically stimulating education that you don't have to sacrifice a vibrant social life for.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Don't Expect Much – There are some clubs off of College Hill that are 18+, but they aren't very high quality. The parties on campus also aren't anything special. There are more options if you are over 21, but they are nothing to be excited about.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Minority Perspective – A lot of the students here Jewish and Caucasian. That being said, I am a minority and have always felt welcome by pretty much everyone. I have yet to become heavily involved in African American oriented clubs and organizations, but they din't seem to have a very visible presence on campus she compared to the Jewish Hillel organization for instance.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Large variety of majors and one does not have to declare a major to begin with.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The female students at Brown are intelligent but not the most attractive. It is hard to have a conversation that doesn't mostly involve them talking about school or how stressed they are.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Sharpe Refractory offers a wide variety of food choices. Some days are better than others, but with the large selection one can always find something good to eat. The V-dub offers less selection but the food is usually better quality and better tasting.

2 College Freshman

Weather: All Over the Place – The weather will go from gorgeous and sunny to snowing within a week. Providence definitely keeps us on our toes. But luckily things aren't terribly far away, and when the weather is nice the campus is extremely lively.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Go Flex – The food in the dining halls is decent but very repetitive. A flex plan is definitely the way to go, and the eateries where you can spend points have significantly better food than the all-you-care-to-eat options.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Very Popular – Alcohol is the most popular drug by far. There are more on campus who use it than don't, and the attitude toward underage drinking is relaxed.

Marijuana has its place on campus as well although it does not have near the influence of alcohol. It's more a private thing.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are hot although there is a clear divide between the athletes and the non athletes. All the girls on campus try to look presentable and do so with their own style. Both genders are very fit and into good health.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Great and Poor – Some facilities on campus are great.
Computers are new and all over campus. The student union was completely redone in the last few years and is now a very popular hangout with a cafe, market, late night area, and everything.
The satellite gym in Keeney Quad needs a lot of work, though. The machines are old and more than half are broken. When you live in Rhode Island, you need indoor fitness centers because the weather holds you hostage indoors for much of winter.
The Sciences Library is amazing. It has the newest everything, a cafe, quiet areas, and late hours.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Love the Atmosphere! Thayer St. is quirky, but there's always somewhere to go/something to eat. It is a relatively short walk to the main campus if you live on Thayer, and everything is a convenient walk. There's a CVS right on the corner of where several freshman dorms are located. The campus always feels relaxed. Nobody is overbearing or pressures you to do anything you don't want to do.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I Have All of Providence at My Fingers! the Brown ID also doubles as a Providence bus pass... so that's cool- no need to buy bus tickets! there's also SafeRide which is an on campus taxivan for getting from one end of campus to the other. all Brown students with a driver's license can also rent ZipCars for driving around if needed. Overall, if you need to get around campus or the city, Brown has you covered.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything on campus is beautiful from the outside! Some of the buildings are newly renovated and some are in the process of being renovated... there are so places to study, a myriad of libraries and eateries, art spaces, etc. there are quite a few places to work out too.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Flexible and Focused on You! brown has fantastic professors, dynamic classes, open curriculum, loving advisors and the choice to take classes S/NC (satisfactory/no credit). it's pretty rockin'. there are soo many interesting classes to take and they all vary so much! you can take a 500 person intro to Econ with 20 people sections or you can take a 6 person course in Haitian Creole! it's fantastic!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a type for everyone, and it's often difficult to even say if one student belongs to one particular type of student because people tend to take on multiple identities, which is good, because people are never as one dimensional as we think. Also, very hot boys and very pretty girls. Fashion varies across a wide spectrum, but majority of people don't wear sweatpants to class.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There's a good mix of ethnicities here at Brown, and it's almost impossible to get by without knowing at least one international student. Brown students engage in race-related discourse very often, though this may not necessarily translate to real ethnic/racial understanding. It's more tolerance and talking about diversity rather than actual diversity.

3 College Junior

Computers: Network Somewhat Unreliable – Wifi connection is spotty around campus, though computers are always readily available. Printing is easy to set up and use, and we get $30 annually to print documents.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Rainy Providence – Providence = lots of rain. Prepare for rain. But the fall and spring are absolutely beautiful, and the enduring the rain is a small price to pay to be at such a wonderful school!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You will never find a more intellectual, yet happy culture anywhere like Brown University. There is such great local places to visit. It's not boring at all. It's hard to find a bad thing about Brown.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Free Mass Transit; Boston – Brown students are lucky to be provided with free bus and trolley access by using their student ID (a privilege not shared by the other local institutions). You can get most places that you'd need if you want to venture off campus, and Boston is only an hour away on a reasonably priced commuter rail.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: 2 AM Curfew – The nightlife in Providence is very limited, partly because the city has a 2 AM curfew. There are 1-2 clubs students frequent, but other than that campus should always have something to offer.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Anything but Normal – You'd find yourself straining to come up with the picture of the average Brown student--that's most likely because there probably isn't one. Guys and girls can range from hipster rags and hair die, to your typical New England khaki-shorts and flip flops, to street slum, to something worthy of an award show. All in all the student body is fairly attractive, but that could be because we've ruled out all options from the nearby universities.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Generally isn't an issue. Serious problems if you're put on medical or mental leave, however.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I think about 11% of Brown is involved in fraternities or sororities. Fine by me.


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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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