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Providence, RI
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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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Campus Strictness: You get in trouble if caught, but usually a first offense is only a hearing and a slap on the wrist. If you are careful and don't do that sort of stuff in public, the police won't bother you.

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Campus Strictness: My best friend at school had a few parties that were broken up, but somebody called the police because of the noise. Brown is a very liberal school; students are trusted to make their own decisions.

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Campus Strictness: Police are not strict at all. Whereas most schools have RAs or proctors in the dormitories who play the disciplinary role regarding drugs and alcohol, Brown has residential councelors, but they are mostly sophomores, and they do not play a disciplinary role at all. They are there only as peer advisors for when you need to talk or need help adjusting to school. No one is there to tell you what to do.

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Campus Strictness: Sometimes I felt like they were out to get me. We got busted once or twice, and then it seemed like the cops made a habit of coming by my room. We had some close calls, but we still got away with a lot.

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Campus Strictness: They're not strict about drinking. With smoking, they've buckled down a little, but not much. You will never go to jail, but maybe just get a dean's hearing.

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Campus Strictness: Police generally don't look for people doing stuff. But it's not like they'll pretend they didn't see it if they happen to come upon it.

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Campus Strictness: Campus was too strict for me. I couldn't wait to get away where no one patrols your lifestyle everyday.

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Campus Strictness: If they don't see it, they can't do anything. I was a residential counselor last year, and I had the same policy: don't show me and I won't do anything.

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Campus Strictness: They're very loose about drinking and things like that. There are no RAs either.

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Campus Strictness: Many times, if you are caught drinking, the cops tell you to just pour it out and leave. It's pretty laid back. Brown also doesn't have RAs in the normal sense. We have an MPC (minority peer counselor), a WPC (women's peer counselor), and an RC (resident counselor). Each exists in a freshman unit, and they don't write people up or report you. Their job is to advise you to make good decisions.

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Campus Strictness: Drug and drinking rules are not heavily enforced here in the slightest.

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Campus Strictness: Don't worry about it. They make sure you are safe and okay, and that is about it. We are a very loose school.

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Guys & Girls: The social life is fun, though there isn't a ton of dating at Brown. There are plenty of attractive people here. Like everything at Brown, you have to be persistent. The social life revolves around the school.

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Guys & Girls: I'd have to say the guys at Brown are hotter than the girls. It's not exactly a big dating school, but people do date and hook up.

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Guys & Girls: I haven't had too much success with girls at Brown. Freshman year I had a girlfriend. That was about it. I meet most girls at parties.

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Guys & Girls: I don't know how much of a dating scene there is, but there's certainly enough action to go around.

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Guys & Girls: Once you find a good one, you should hold on to her.

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Guys & Girls: Beautiful women. So many beautiful women.

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Guys & Girls: I always had a good time at parties, as long as I stayed away from Greek life. It's unclear how much actual dating is taking place.

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Guys & Girls: I don't know much about dating at Brown. The girls are cool. I can't complain. Try dating around RISD.

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Guys & Girls: There are some cool girls, and there are interesting people. Good diversity.

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Guys & Girls: Guys at Brown are flaky. I've dated enough to know. I've met a lot of people that are socially awkward, but I think that's why we get along so well. It's funny when they all come together.

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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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