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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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Parking: Parking can be a pain, but you can pay for a parking spot through the school. But yeah, overall, parking is annoying.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is only available for seniors, but it is definitely the way to go if you can. Just make sure your landlord and neighbors aren't too insane because that does happen.

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Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus one year, and it was awesome. I lived in Young Orchard the year before-that was a step down, but only a very small step.

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Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus for two years. Off-campus living is totally better. The annoying thing was, I had to stay in dorms until my junior year. I would have moved off earlier if I could have.

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Off-Campus Housing: Many juniors and seniors live in off-campus housing. There seems to be enough to go around, and it's pretty nice, pretty affordable, and very convenient and close to campus. The campus is very compact, so nothing is a very far walk.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus, I get more studio space and cheaper digs. No one's in my business.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be extremely convenient; it's as close to campus as a dorm. Of course, the farther away from campus you go, the cheaper it is. But, most students that live off campus find the walking commute minimal.

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Off-Campus Housing: I've never felt at home on campus. But, living off campus, I'm not as likely to go to things on campus late at night.

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Off-Campus Housing: More freedom. You are treated like an adult, not a student.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are definitely present, and they're a good program if that's your thing. Intramurals are so much fun, and a lot of kids get into basketball, football, softball, and Frisbee.

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Athletics: Intramurals are pretty popular. Varsity sports are almost like a social scene, and like all other social scenes, it's fractious and segregated from most other things. Part of the reason is that there's less of a stigma for athletes; it's more that the sports complex is not physically in the center of campus.

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Athletics: Club sports are a lot of fun without the pressure of varsity sports. There's a huge culture that revolves around the ultimate Frisbee teams. I play club ultimate Frisbee. There's no varsity team, but the club team travels a lot.

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Athletics: What's a varsity sport? No, seriously, if you're looking for colleges where you can be a celebrity on campus because you are an athlete, then look elsewhere. My friends that are varsity athletes work very hard, and it is difficult for them to have social lives outside of their teams. Some of them end up dropping the team; others have a great experience so they stick with it and love their teammates and their sport.

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Athletics: At the beginning of each semester, professors let athletes know that if there's a conflict to let them know about it. They're willing to work with us and it's definitely supportive. It's not like there's a vendetta there or anything.

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Athletics: It's hard playing on a varsity team sometimes because we travel a lot. My social life is somewhat hindered because during the season, I can't go out on a Friday night like most people. On the other hand, I'm hanging out with a bunch of people I wouldn't know otherwise. It affects me academically. It makes me focus my time a lot. I know if I wasn't playing a sport I wouldn't learn to manage my time as well. I would procrastinate a lot.

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Athletics: I'm too weak to play real football. Coming to Brown and finding intramural football was a shining star in my athletic career.

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Athletics: I played low intensity IM basketball. It was tons of fun.

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Athletics: Some teams take a lot of walk-ons.

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Athletics: If I wasn't playing a sport, I would have time to take photography. But in general, I think I can do just about everything I want to do at the University and still be a varsity athlete. I'm still a double concentrator.

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Athletics: A lot of students just don't know about Brown athletics at all. Only the biggest games are well attended.

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Athletics: The only thing I don't like about Brown is the way the athletes are treated here. I'm an athlete, and people only assume I got in because I'm an athlete and I'm in dumb-jock classes. There's a lot of hostility to athletes here; not from the professors but sometimes from other students. I feel like the athletes do as well in classes, if not better than non-athletes.

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Athletics: It can be as intense as you want it to be. There's a really great community of people who are athletically-minded but want something less intense than varsity but still highly competitive.

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Transportation: We have free shuttles that are relatively reliable. The only problem is that there's no reason to go anywhere in the area around Brown. Getting to the train station is pretty easy, though.

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Transportation: We're within walking distance to the bus or the train.

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Transportation: Public transportation is okay. Trolleys, busses, and cabs can get you around the city. However, taxis can be late or stand you up-particularly when you really need them late at night or when you need to get to the airport or train station. Fortunately, on a nice day, everything is in walking distance.

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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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