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Providence, RI
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6,118
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$42,808
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Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Brown could be more diverse, but compared to most other colleges, it is probably pretty diverse.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of our frats and sororities are kind of jokes, like really low-key, co-ed, and un-official, I think we only have like 4 or 5 stereotypical frats and sororities, and most people just think they're weird/insane. Greek organizations just live in certain dorms mixed in with other students, both independents and members of other frats/program houses.

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Athletics: I do not hear anything about our varsity athletics. I think we have some good teams but I'm not really sure. I've had athletes in my classes before but I'm not friends with any

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Nobody cares whether you drink or do drugs here. There is generally alcohol at parties and social gatherings, but you can choose to drink it or not and it's not a big deal either way. Same with marijuana. I know some people use psychadellics, but that's mostly frowned upon. I haven't really heard about any other drugs.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Seminar classes are often hard to get into, but if you keep trying you'll often be able to get one. You'll get the occasional bad professor, but for the most part, professors are great. They really want to get to know their students and always encourage people to come to their office hours. The open curriculum lets you really explore all different departments and take classes that you enjoy.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is okay. There are some frat parties on weekends but they're kind of gross and not that many people really go. There are a lot of clubs within walking distance and plenty of bars that don't ask for ID.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People here are smart, passionate, well-rounded, and hardworking for the most part. Sometimes the hard work gets in the way of other things; many people choose to spend their weekend nights working in the library, instead of going out and having fun.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: As with any New England weather, Providence's weather is not great. It's really cold for most of the school year (maybe a few warm weeks on either end) and often raining.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of restaurants really close to campus that range from very cheap to pretty expensive and upscale. The most popular places are Kabob and Curry, a huge Indian place that does takeout, catering, and an all-you-can-eat buffet on Sundays, and Gourmet Heaven, which is open until 2am and has a wide variety of stuff. Downsides are that there aren't any student discounts, and nothing is open after 2am.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The airport is not in walking distance, but there is a shuttle from campus to the airport that runs every so often. People also take cabs. The train station and Peter Pan/Greyhound Bus terminal are both 15-20 minute walk from campus. Brown students can use RIPTA (Rhode Island public transit) for free, which can take you pretty much anywhere in Providence, but most major downtown locations are pretty easy to walk to. There's a Brown shuttle (free) that goes around campus but campus is pretty walk-able, so I only really use that when it's cold or I'm tired.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs everywhere, it's pretty easy to find a public computer if you need one. Printing can be kind of a hassle if you don't have your own printer, because it costs like 10 cents a page or something (that can add up if you're printing long readings). Brown's wireless network is available all over campus, but it sometimes won't connect, and is often unreliable.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Our police department doesn't care about anything, one officer just laughed when he saw my friend smoking weed outside his dorm. I also know someone who had to go to the hospital after drinking too much, and he only had to go to a 1-hour session on safe alcohol consumption or something like that. You're pretty much allowed to do whatever you want at Brown, nobody really cares unless you're endangering anyone

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, so I don't know from personal experience. I know a lot of juniors try to live off-campus but the school only lets like 20% do so, so you'll most likely be living on campus for the first three years at least. The school also makes you pay an "off-campus fee" when you live off-campus, which seems silly, but that's how it is. Locations vary; some houses are right in the middle of campus, others are pretty far away. it all depends on what you're looking for

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Providence is no New York, but it's still pretty great. Nothing is really open late except for some clubs and like one diner, but during the day and evening there's a ton of stuff to do. The mall downtown has a ton of stores, restaurants (typical P.F. Changs and Cheesecake Factory as well as some more quirky independent places), and a huge movie theater, and the surrounding area, with the river and a ton of restaurants and hotels/condos is a pretty place to walk. Thayer Street, which runs right through campus, has a ton of really good restaurants and clothing stores, and there's a street a few blocks down called Wickendon which has nice botiques and more upscale places.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet declared a major, but I have not heard of anyone's having issues declaring one. I don't think there are any majors you have to apply to get into (except an Independent Concentration, which you have to get approved for), usually it's just if you want to major in something and can pass the required classes then you're fine.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police officers stationed all over campus, all throughout the day and night. Sometimes if I'm walking alone and I don't see a police officer or car within eyeshot I will get a little bit anxious, but nothing bad has ever happened to me in those contexts. We have a SafeWalk program that a lot of people use where you can call a group of students to walk you to wherever you need to go, and those blue-light phone booth things are all over also. I generally feel safe on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you stay on campus at night, you should be okay.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Plenty of computers. It can get crowded though.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No drugs should be used on campus. Period.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: I just don't like Greeks.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: What was on my award letter did not match my bill.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of variety. Be careful, I spent a lot of money on Thayer Street. Also There are great places Downtown too.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lots of diversity of weather. Tolerable and it is wonderful watching the change of seasons.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know anything about this honestly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some residential houses are newer and better than others.

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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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