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

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not an Issue – Drugs/alcohol were available but not rampant in a way that would make anyone uncomfortable one way or the other.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Varied If Sought Out – There are lots of bars on Thayer Street, there are always things to do on campus, and if you have a designated driver or don't drink, there's plenty to do in other parts of Providence as well.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Amazing Freedom and Standards – The curriculum was flexible, and students pushed each other without being competitive with one another. Professors were always available and are amazing mentors if you seek them out.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wells, I think my fave foods are kosher dill picles and vegetarian sausage (i'm a vegan!!!) and brown didn't fail to satisfay me! providence has some yummy indian places and this great tea

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Gyms: a Premium Place to Whore Around – I initially had trouble meeting people when I got to the Big B last year, since i was surrounded by soo many hipstery-types (yuck!) but then i went to my failsafe standby -- the gym!!! hangin out by the lockers, i met lotsa cool guys and a couple girls (brown's a liberal place, kiddos ;) ) So yeah...come be a locker whore hereee!!!!!!!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse in Some Ways More Than Others – Brown is an open and accepting place almost by definition. It is a core value of most of the student body. As such, no one will be made to feel unaccepted or "tolerated" by the student body. That said, in terms of sheer representation on campus, certain groups are more heavily represented than others. Brown has such a large and visible LGBT population, for instance, that it is nearly taken for granted that anyone could be LGBT--thus it is a very easy place to come out, relative to many other places. When it comes to socioeconomic diversity, on the other hand, the campus feels wealthy. Issues of class may make those from less privileged backgrounds feel uncomfortable. The renewed focus on financial aid after the economic crisis, however, is aiming to address this area. A wide range of views on religion and politics are represented on campus, though like most of the Ivy League, "godless liberals" certainly compose the majority of students.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate Campus Life, but It's Present – Brown's greek life is present, but it doesn't dominate life at Brown. Some greek houses throw awesome parties, and if you don't drink, you don't have to at these parties. Besides partying, the philanthropy of each Greek house is seen through the various activities held on campus, although it could be stronger. There are frats, sororities (including 2 Black sororities) and co-ed frats.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hard to Find Decent Men – Hard to find decent men on this campus. They are either taken, gay or complete ass*****. Don't really expect to find your soulmate here, but it could happen.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Really Awesome – I love that Brown students are so enthusiastic about everything they do, but that there's not an atmosphere of competition. It makes for a really nice experience on campus, and lets you explore any area that holds your interest.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I decided that I will go to Brown, after my sixth grade. Something fascinated me about Browm. Before email was everywhere, my dad, always the techie type, was connected to the net. Anyway, I wrote to Brown about what it will take to get there. They replied with a canned answer. needles to sya that I got in and was wait-listed at Harvard. After one semester at Brown, I couldn't have chosen a perfect school for myself. Brown is nuturing and a great school and to me, it is the best of the IVYs.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You should read the Brown Daily Herald for more information on housing. It's generally available, and here is off-campus housing on all sides of campus. There is a big range in quality and price-- you just don't want to be paying more for lower quality (which sometimes seems to be the case).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: A Good Number of Premeds – Many people who are in biology are, by extension, premed. Because of Brown's flexible curriculum, many biology majors double major-- usually in a humanities or arts.
The academics are decently challenging, and most of the intro courses are curved.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great Experience – I talked to many schools as I began to finalize my college decision process. However, Brown was the most friendly and prompt in response. They worked with me and were willing to put me in the right direction to ensuring the numbers were accurate.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Pretty Bad – I'm only a freshman at Brown, but I work at the info desk. So, I often have to direct visitors around campus. The main parking lot is often full. Being situated in a medium sized city, Brown is a somewhat condensded campus. It is very hard to find a spot at times. Only juniors and seniors are allowed to have parking permits.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not Shabby – Freshman housing is great--rooms are big, everyone gets a double, and is living around other freshman. That said, dorms are not palaces, but they aren't the reason you come here

2 College Junior

Scholarships: No Aid for Midde Class Students – It is very difficult for a middle to upper-middle class student to receive financial aid. Loans and scholarships are the best bet for these students.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Moderate Strictness – Most often, campus police monitor parties and exceptionally unruly behavior and don't interfere with students' usual activities.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Moderately Safe – I rarely feel unsafe, but the frequency of theft and crime in and around campus can be alarming, especially late at night.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Top-Notch Sailing Team - Bravo! Brown University has a fantastic sailing team - consistently among the top ten in the country for both coed and womens, despite it's 'club varsity' status

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I Like It. I am a big fan of the food on campus, however, my parents were not the best cooks. My favorite things are the fact that you can make your own panini if you're not diggin the meal of the night and the Blue Room, which has (pricey) food from a great local bakery and Indian restaurant.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Love Prov. As someone who was originally skeptical of this city I can definitely say there is much more than meets the eye. The diversity of Providence's residents and community issues make it a great place to enjoy, learn from, and affect. I highly recommend participating in the UCAAP pre-orientation program if you are interested in getting involved in community work as a freshman (you also get aligned with great advisors through this program). As far as musical entertainment goes Providence is okay. The venues are quality and the acts that come through are relatively diverse, however, Boston is not too far away and, as a bigger city, has a greater selection of things to do.

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1 College Senior

Weather: Freezing rain and high speed winds really keeps students indoors and makes me not want to go ANYWHERE beyond my dorm. The few weeks of nice weather in September and April/May are definitely not enough to cover for the crappy cold rain and wind October to March.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Exists, but Not Huge – There are several frats, but they're a pretty small part of campus life.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Slightly Above Average – Most places on Thayer St (middle of campus) are slightly costly and provide average food, but are very convenient and significantly better than the dining halls. I like Haruki's Express, Iron Wok, and Phonatic.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is terrible, except if you live off-campus a lot of houses come with parking spaces


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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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