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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: Many of my classes were interesting. Sometimes when taking many courses in the same department, I found that they were a bit repetitive. I had a few that were incredible, and a few that were miserable, but overall, the course selection and courses themselves at Brown are great.

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Academics: Brown has a cross curriculum with the Rhode Island School of Design; you can take up to four courses there for Brown credit.

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Academics: I can go to lectures and classes at RISD. As a visual art major, that's a big plus. Access to RISD is very useful, but it's definitely not easy. Scheduling and getting into classes can be complicated. But if you are persistent, there are tons of resources. You have to make it a priority.

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Academics: I think Brown is a place where people have a couple really good, personal experiences with professors. You go to their office hours or out for a drink and really spend a lot of time together. That's balanced with your lecture courses, where you go or you don't go. But that's what's good about it, since there is not a graduate program in a lot of departments.

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Health & Safety: I feel safe here. Then again, I'm from New York City, so I feel safe just about anywhere.

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Health & Safety: My computer got stolen freshman year from my room. I left my window cracked open, and someone crawled in. My roommate had jewelry stolen at the same time. Still, I feel relatively safe on campus (I think security has improved since then). I walk home alone sometimes. I use the shuttles but not the Safe Walk program.

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Health & Safety: I think that there are certain areas off campus that you should avoid when you are walking alone, but on campus, you don't have to worry about much.

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Health & Safety: I never had a problem with security. They respond well when you lock yourself out of your room and don't hassle you too much when drinking is involved. However, you have to watch your back at night because there have been a lot of muggings, and security isn't everywhere. There has also been much dispute over arming Brown police with firearms.

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Health & Safety: There are security guys who hang around campus in yellow jackets at night. I think they are kind of useless. The campus is very safe. I like to go running and feel fine running all over the campus and the neighborhoods.

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Health & Safety: On campus, things are pretty safe. In the nearby periphery, it is pretty safe to walk alone at night.

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Health & Safety: Safety is not one of Brown's strong points. It is, after all, located in the city. If you follow basic safety procedures, you should be fine. Walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas. Personally, I have never had any problems with it, and I don't know anybody who has. Providence is rated one of the safest cities in the United States, but it's still a city. You just have to keep your wits about you when you're walking around.

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Health & Safety: I think it's good that the University uses e-mail to keep us informed about crimes going on around campus, but I think they are a little sensationalist, and they also make it sound worse than [the crime] actually was. In some of the situations I was actually part of the incident, but when I read the e-mails, I knew they made it sound worse than it actually was. It's no worse than most other urban schools.

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Health & Safety: Last year it really felt like there were e-mails coming every day about students getting jacked.

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Health & Safety: I don't think there is a reason to feel unsafe, but at the same time, if you are walking alone on Benefit Street at four in the morning on a Saturday and something happens to you, you cannot blame it on the area. You know the east is safer than any other area of Providence. I'm convinced that the men in yellow coats aren't doing much of anything.

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Computers: Most students have their own computers. There are enough clusters not to need one, but it just gets tight during exam periods and thesis due dates.

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Computers: The computer network is pretty good, and I believe it will get better. Occasionally, the network shuts down, but they notify you ahead of time. It's best if you have a personal computer and printer because labs can get crowded at times.

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Computers: Bring your own computer. If you get a laptop, buy a wireless card, so you can get hooked up in the libraries.

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Computers: I brought my own computer but I end up doing all my work at computer labs because I can't get anything done in my dorm. I don't think it's essential to have a computer because the facilities are pretty extensive. During finals, it could be hard without one.

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Computers: The networks are good, and you get some space on the University's file server to save your files. I never used mine, but I knew I had it.

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Computers: I definitely think you need to bring your own computer to Brown. The clusters are always full of people. If I didn't have one, I think I would have turned a lot of papers in late. My roommate freshman year came to Brown without one, but she bought one within a month because she thought it was such a pain not to have one.

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Computers: Brown has computer clusters in the main libraries and the CIT (Center for Information Technology). It is not absolutely necessary to have a computer on campus. There are enough computers in the cluster to accommodate the ten percent of students who do not have their own computers.

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Computers: I'm a Mac user, and I've found that there are fewer resources available to me.

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Computers: I think it's easy to use campus computers. I haven't needed to have my own in my three years here.

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Computers: I think having a computer makes it a lot easier. I don't know anyone without a computer. I relied on the school's printers, but that's about it.

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Computers: Definitely bring your own computer. The computer clusters are accessible and generally easy to use, but in college, everything depends on e-mail-you need to be able to access it at any hour.

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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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