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Providence, RI
Undergrads
6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Diversity: Brown is fairly diverse but not politically. It is sexually tolerant, though.

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Diversity: I feel that Brown is the most diverse of all the Ivys.

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Campus Dining: The food is pretty tasty, with the V-Dub being the preferred of the two main dining halls. The Gate and Jo's have pretty good food at decent times. My only gripe would be the V-Dub being closed on weekends, so you have to resort to the Ratty, which is consistent but generally worse.

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Academics: Overall, the teachers are good, but every once in a while, they really aren't.

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Local Atmosphere: Providence is a great place to explore, and although the town is pretty small, everything is easy to get to. There's not a lot of school interaction outside of RISD-which is almost an extension of Brown itself.

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Campus Dining: V-Dub, Jo's, and The Gate are good. The Ratty is less good.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around Thayer are some of the best in the city. There are not too many chains and not a lot of American food, but you'll likely be hitting staples like Louis, Kabob and Curry, and Shanghai quite a bit.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of good restaurants right here on Thayer Street. Kabob and Curry has amazing Indian food, and Byblos has great Middle Eastern food-and I'm from New York, so I'm picky about ethnic cuisine! Andreas and Paragon are also good. Downtown, there's a great restaurant called Local 121 that only uses locally grown foods, and it's absolutely delicious.

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Campus Housing: I don't really know about non-freshman dorms except New Pembroke. Those rooms are really small, but as a sophomore, you really have so little say over where you live.

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Off-Campus Housing: I couldn't say what it's like, but from my experience walking to off-campus housing, it can be far away from campus. It seems worth it, though, if you want to live in a house and don't want to deal with the housing lottery.

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Guys & Girls: When I first got here, I was like, "Wow, everyone here is so attractive!"

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Diversity: It's pretty diverse, except ideologically. Everyone here is pretty much liberal.

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Local Atmosphere: Brown is in its own, cute little area of Providence on Thayer Street, where there are plenty of restaurants and shops and a movie theater. Downtown is a great theater district and the largest mall in New England, but a lot of people tend to hang out on or around campus mostly. Sometimes people like to go to Boston on the weekends-it's only an hour away by community rail, and there's plenty to do there.

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Campus Strictness: It's not strict. Room inspections are so lenient, and everything is pretty lax-except for the parking enforcement who are good at their jobs.

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Campus Strictness: I don't know the exact rules, but I always feel safe. Parties rarely get busted.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's definitely easy to get. I know a lot of people who live off campus and love it.

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Greek Life: Some people are in frats and sororities, and there are frat parties. It's not very big, though. It's like being in another club or program house, but the name is Greek. It's no big deal-it's not a matter of popularity or status.

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Computers: Computers in the SciLi are always crowded. Bring your own computer, but if you don't have one, it should be okay. WiFi is great pretty much everywhere.

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Campus Housing: Andrews is clean, has sinks, and is spacious.

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Drug Safety: Drinking is popular. Smoking isn't blatant, but you can smell it wafting out of people's rooms if you are in the right spot.

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Transportation: There's free bus transportation with a student ID and free RISD/Brown medical shuttles.

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Academics: The professors here are the professors that change your life.

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Facilities: The facilities are amazing and high tech.

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Weather: The weather is the same as New York's, except it's bitter cold and rain boots are must here because the drainage system is horrible in Providence.

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Athletics: Crew is intense and a cult.

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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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