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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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Academics: I love my professors. The geology department is really friendly, and the quality of the teaching is very, very good. My adviser had us over to her house for apple cider and brownies and took us out to dinner one night. It's very welcoming. The open curriculum is also fantastic. There are no requirements!

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Facilities: There is one main gym, as well as several smaller satellite gyms spread out across campus. The libraries are adequate places to study, although you don't really need to go all the way to a library to study-there are nice, quiet lounges in most dorms. We don't really have a student center, unfortunately, but there's not that much need for one considering all the convenient places to study, eat, and hang out.

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Campus Housing: Andrews is wonderful. The rooms are big and have sinks and walk-in closets. Keeney is, well, a typical freshman dorm-it can get a little crazy. Pembroke Campus is really nice because even though it's a little off of main campus, it has a nicer dining hall and is close to the athletic center. It's also quieter.

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Computers: The computer clusters are crowded at certain times of day, but you can find a free space somewhere most of the time. It's definitely worth having your own computer in your room though. And there's free wireless everywhere on campus.

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Greek Life: There's definitely a Greek presence, and it's a source of parties, but I've personally never been to one, and that's not a big deal. There's really no pressure either way.

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Athletics: I'm on the varsity fencing team, which is underfunded compared to other teams but is still pretty well funded. We have access to good facilities and trainers, and we get equipment and warm-ups from the school, as well as per diem for travel. I don't know about intramurals, but I'm also in the Frisbee program, which has an A, B, and C team. It's not very well funded, but we do a lot of our own fundraisers and have a very successful program.

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Weather: Winter can be rough with a lot of wintry mixes. Invest in rubber boots or you'll go through two or three pairs of shoes every winter kicking your way through slush in the streets. That being said, when it's not precipitating, the weather is fairly mild and easy to deal with.

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Athletics: Very few people attend varsity sporting events-our football team won the Ivy League title, but most people still didn't bother going to the games. I don't know anything about intramural sports.

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Nightlife: Parties tend to be either large dance parties in fraternities or small spontaneous events with friends in dorm rooms. Both are fun but can get repetitive and boring after a while.

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Local Atmosphere: Providence is pretty much a college city. There isn't really much to do outside of the college campus. However, there are always plenty of activities happening on campus.

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Guys & Girls: I don't think the students at Brown are significantly more or less attractive on average than any other school. There is no typical student, really.

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Guys & Girls: The guys here are okay. Considering it is an Ivy League school, the boys here a pretty inexperienced, but there is definitely a lot of sex going around on weekends. Girls at Brown tend to be more attractive than the guys. Sad, I know.

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Campus Strictness: It's not strict at all here.

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Drug Safety: Alcohol and cannabis are noticeably embedded in social life at Brown, but there are plenty of people who use neither, and I don't think they are usually put under pressure from their peers to do so. But in any case, you get used to having long intellectual conversations with high people pretty fast.

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Drug Safety: Being a liberal campus and all, there are a lot of pot heads.

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Weather: The winter in Providence is brutal. It is really cold and nothing like California weather at all.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are alright. The frat parties get old after awhile. Machado House holds the best parties. There's a nearby club called Fish Co. that is a real hot spot-Wednesday is Brown college night. Of course, Brown's two biggest controversial parties are SexPowerGod and Starf*ck. There's an awesome gay club in downtown Providence called Mirabar. Here, workers can be found walking around the dance floor with jello tube shots in hand and wearing nothing but tighty whities and sneakers.

College Freshman

Weather: Rainy. Snowy. Cold as hell. Occasionally, though, you'll get the best day ever. The beaches are pretty close and generally free if you take advantage of RIPTA, the public transportation.

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Transportation: Brown students get free bus transportation from Rhode Island's public transportation system. The central hub of Rhode Island's bus system is in downtown Providence, just a couple minutes away by bus, which come every five minutes. Buses going downtown and to useful places like supermarkets are frequent. All other buses aren't very frequent, but you can get pretty much anywhere in the state for free.

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Campus Dining: The traditional dining halls are decent-they always offer enough options to keep everyone happy. The informal eateries are all great, especially since they're open until 2 a.m. The Gate has great pizza and panini, Jo's has great burgers, quesadillas, and fresh salads, and the Ivy Room has great falafel. We also have a campus café called The Blue Room that has great coffee and pastries, and a campus pub called the Hourglass, which always has really great music on Saturday evenings.

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Transportation: It's really good. RIPTA is free for Brown students anywhere in Rhode Island, and the buses are pretty frequent. The trolleys are also fun to ride and go to some of the more popular, scenic parts of the city. There's also SafeRIDE on campus for late at night or when it's cold.

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Guys & Girls: Surprisingly, the general population is more attractive than any other college I've visited outside of some California colleges.

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Diversity: Coming from Brooklyn, New York, I found the campus overwhelmingly white/Asian and wealthy. It's also commonly acknowledged here that politically, we live in a "liberal bubble". The good news is that we all realize this and want to have our political views challenged. I find the campus to be very sexually diverse-there is a thriving gay community here. There are also quite a few international students here.

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Diversity: Although the campus is fairly diverse, there is an overwhelming Jewish population, and nearly all of the students are liberal. Generally, though, they're not the preachy type and tend to listen to all opinions. There are not as many protests as you'd think.

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Off-Campus Dining: Thayer Street is one of my favorite place to eat in Providence. It has so many places to eat.

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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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