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Providence, RI
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$42,808
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Very Hard
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Drug Safety: Yeah, most of my friends smoke and drink. I wouldn't date someone who doesn't smoke or drink, I think it's like that at most universities. I have friends outside of that group that I meet in class or at work to get a cup of coffee with, but people kind of stick to their circles here.

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Drug Safety: I've never been busted. You hear stuff like that happening. I think Brown is really cool. They definitely give you a lot of responsibility, and they're pretty hands off. They expect students to make the right decision.

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Drug Safety: Most Brown students are responsible about drinking and drugs.

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Drug Safety: I would say most students do drink, but not a lot. I would say the average student would, at most, have four drinks-I mean in a night, not in an hour.

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Drug Safety: A fair number of people smoke pot. It's not as many as those who drink, but I think a fair number of people do.

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Drug Safety: Pretty easy to do, pretty easy to get away with.

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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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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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Transportation: Public transportation is very easy. It's everywhere. Anything you need is a mile away, but you generally don't have to trek on foot if you don't want to. There's a trolley for 50 cents, buses, and a train station. The airport is a 15-minute drive away. There are taxis, student shuttles, and a safety walk. They've got it covered.

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Transportation: RIPTA is hot. Rhode Island is small, so it covers the whole state. Providence is small, so you usually walk downtown (5-15 minutes) instead of taking the bus. Getting to Boston is pretty sweet, $13 round trip and one hour each way.

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Transportation: Transportation is wonderful for getting out of the city to go to New York, Boston, and Newport. There are many trains within walking distance, and they are inexpensive as well. Buses run in and out of the city. To tell you the truth, people rarely use them. Everyone who doesn't have a car pretty much walks everywhere. Everything in downtown Providence is pretty much within walking distance.

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Transportation: It's pretty good. The commuter rail that goes to Boston is really cheap. It's great if you need to get up there during the week. I would say every couple of weeks I probably take the bus somewhere. Since Rhode Island is really small, it's really easy to get around to places, and it's pretty cheap.

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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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