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Providence, RI
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$42,808
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Options Are OK, but Parking ... Not So Much – There is ample off-campus housing, both immediately surrounding the campus and within short distances from the campus. Parking on and around the Brown University campus is a NIGHTMARE, so most students do not bring cars to school. So, you tend to see students opt for housing that immediately surrounds the campus so they can still walk or ride bikes to class, etc Of course, the demand on housing surrounding the campus tends to bring rental costs up, so it is not uncommon to have multiple students sharing a place.

4 College Junior

Computers: Plenty of Computer Labs Available Throughout Campus – Computer labs are plentiful throughout the campus, with little to no problems accessing one if needed. Of course, the majority of students have their own computer so I'm sure this helps to minimize the availability problem

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Two Words: Open Curricular! I absolutely love the open curricular. I am free to take any class I would like!

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No One Cares – Brown is not known for our sports - therefore no one really cares. Don't get me wrong, some of our teams are nationally ranked, so we do have good sports.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking around Brown. The only people who get mugged are people walking around by themselves after midnight. Brown does not care if you smoke pot or drink.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's Your Call – Providence is a pretty good-sized city. And most things are close to campus. It's just a short bus ride or a 15-minute walk to the mall (with a multiplex), great restaurants, and pretty much whatever else you want. The train station is also close, and it's only an hour or so to Boston.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's About the Process, Not the Result – Brown's very free about the academics. It gives students the option to take any class pass/fail. There are no general education requirements (just requirements within your major, and even then, you usually have a list of possible options that fulfill a requirement, as opposed to a single specific class). This allows students to take what they are interested in taking. Although there are a few majors, like engineering and computer science, that have a lot of in-major requirements, majors like these are few and far between. Normally, Comparative Literature students are free to take Blues, Macroeconomics, and Religious and Secular Approaches to Globalization (in the Judaic Studies Department) in a single year if they chose. Also, I feel there is definitely some grade inflation, so A's are pretty easy to come by. It's definitely about the process of learning, not the end grade.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not huge, but it definitely exists – The drug scene at Brown is really whatever you make it to be. If you are interested in drugs, then it is relatively easy to find them and others who feel the same way. Likewise, if it's something you want to avoid, then it's easy to do this too.

Alcohol is big here, like at any college. There's usually enough stuff going on around campus during the weekend to easily find events without alcohol, though.

I haven't been to any other colleges to compare, but I would say that the pot scene here is bigger than at most colleges. Most people just smoke in their rooms, so it's easy to avoid it if you want to.

Acid and mushrooms are not common overall, but they are pretty popular among the stoners and hardcore potheads. If you don't hang out with these people, then you're probably never going to see these drugs.


5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – Brown is not strict whatsoever.

There is plenty of underage drinking and people are very rarely busted for it. On weekends, most of the parties are at the frat houses on Wriston Quad, and there is plenty of visible underage drinking, but you are unlikely to get in trouble for this.

The campus is also not strict about pot at all. However, if you do this outside, then you are more likely to get caught. Most people just smoke in their rooms, and the chances of getting caught for this are practically zero.

Also, unlike many other schools, the RA's here do not write up students or take away alcohol. They are there to give students advice and help students make good decisions. Overall, the school seems to be more interested in helping students make the right decisions rather than getting students in trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Could Be Better – There is diversity when it comes to student's backgrounds but not a big diversity on economic backgrounds or personalities. Not a big sexual orientation diversity either but very accepting of none heterosexuals.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Better Than Expected – Brown dorms are a lot bigger than other schools i previously visited. Everyone definitely has a shot at a good dorm building not just upperclassmen. Housing Lottery is hectic and chaotic so a new system should be put in place so that students are less stressed out about the process. Locations are even except fr Perkins and Young Orchard which are both far from everything on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could Be Better – The food is not the best but it serves it purpose. The menus are repetitive so students need to get creative if they want to enjoy something different. Food around campus is good but also gets tiring since there are a limited number of businesses available. In addition the school should have some type of collaboration with the businesses surrounding so that students could use their flex-points and meals outside of brown because meals and points often go to waste.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love School – Brown is the best college ever. Obviously you need to balance your academics with extracurricular activities and your social life. At the end of the day, it is highly important to remember that the reason to be at college is to get a degree. My favorite experience probably was freshman orientation. There was so much going on, and everyone was so helpful and friendly. My school is unique because it allows your to be yourself, and doesn't penalize you for legal displays of your personal character. If I had the choice all over again, I would choose Brown for every time asked.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Beautiful Rainbow – The typical student looks very comfortable. Everyone has their own distinct style, so there isn't an overwhelming need to fit in. The social life is always vibrant, there is always something going on. Interests vary, depending on lifestyles, gender, and where people are from. The relationships in the academic environment are respectful and always a learning experience.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Sometimes Better Than Others – The buildings aesthetically are wonderful, though the insides are not always the best, but they're definitely workable. The athletic center is really nice, and the libraries are too. Campus activities are lively and fun.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: There is a lot of rain and not very good drainage so definitely a lot of flooding in the street. If it rains it rains for large chunks of time.

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: Saferide Sucks – SafeRide service does not have much room, and it is more of a van than a shuttle with rude and incompetent drivers.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not strict at all. No police arrests, no trouble, no adults watching over you.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pepople look diverse on the outside, but really people are very similar in the inside. I wish there was more (deeper, more meaningful) diversity, not just black and white, rich and poor.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer Street – Many locaitions very near campus. Some student discounts, some variety, anything on Thayer street is frequently traversed by Brown students.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is only really available for seniors. You can purchase spots off campus as an underclassman but they are very expensive.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Brunonians Are Lovely! People at Brown seem to be either single or in a long-term relationship. I'm not entirely sure how that happens. People at Brown are fantastic in general!!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options Near Campus – There are lost of apartments available to rent on or very near to campus which is great! They are pretty reasonably priced as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at the dining hall isn't that bad, but it's very bland! It gives you the chance to be creative with your food though. Brown University caters to Vegetarians, but if you're not one, it can sometimes be hard to find something really good to eat.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus Is Very Small – there is rarely a need for transportation besides walking

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Justin Kim
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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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