Providence, RI
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Reviews 895 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Student

Nightlife: It's easy to find a party, or to find a group to just chill out and drink beer.

2 College Student

Weather: Cold most of the year, many rainy days.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: People consume drugs, but nobody judges you if you do or don't. There's definitely a scene for every type of person.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Prevalent, but not too prevalent

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Has it's great days, but they don't happen often enough

5 College Freshman

Diversity: One of the best qualities of this school

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Could be a little more extensive

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Haven't explored it much yet

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi can be a bit spotty but overall very decent

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing has treated me well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wish the prices were a little better but overall very decent!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Cost is affordable and hours are reasonable.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I find that alcohol consumption will occur regardless of campus police influence. However, I feel it is far more important to have a strict honor code and to deal with protests and demonstrations adequately.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I find security to be fabulous. Other schools that have dorm security are too overbearing - our campus police are very available and visible but without disrupting dorm life.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Housing: There is lottery system, which I have heard is a nightmare from those who partake in that system. I have never taken part in the lottery system because I always choose special interest housing (i.e. substance free, quiet housing, all-female, all-male, etc.). Special interest housing is good, however sometimes they do not locate the special interest housing in the most appropriate dorms (i.e. I am in quiet housing this year, however the dorm they placed quiet housing in is located on a floor between another floor below and above it. This would not be such a big deal if the ceiling and floor were not so thin; I am able to hear everything from the rooms above and below me and unfortunately they are not quiet housing designated floors).

5 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I do not usually eat off-campus so my review of this topic would not be very insightful.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: There is an airport shuttle available for students to take to the airport, however, it only runs at specific times and is sometimes late. If you need to take a taxi to the airport, it usually costs at least $35 for one person (pretty expensive), but the price is more reasonable if you share with multiple people.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: To apply for financial aid you simply need to fill out the FAFSA every January, submit you (and your parents') income tax info, submit and IDOC, and fill out a continuing students form wen applicable. The process goes relatively smoothly.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Facilities: The Science Library (Sci Li) Freidman Study Center stays open 24 hours 5 days a week all semester long and the main libraries are 24 hours during finals period.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: I love how we are able to immediately start taking classes related to our major and topics we enjoy without needing to take a basic core set of classes. I also like how we are able to take classes pass/fail, this allows us to take classes in topics that may be very different and far from our majors without the added stress of trying to maintain a high GPA in that course.

4 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, nor have I tried to live off-campus, so I do not know the process or any details.

College Senior

Parking: It's not necessary to have a car on campus, the campus is small enough to walk everywhere. Public transportation is free for students and stores such as East Side Market and even the mall are within walking/biking distance.

College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is present but it's not very big here. At the most 10% of the student population is part of greek life but not much.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Brown! When I came here to begin my undergrad career I had never visited the campus before but as I have spent more and more time here, I realize that this school is the perfect fit for me. I especially love the professors here and how they are willing to get to know each and every one of their students even if they are teaching an intro course with 150+ students. I also really like the size of the school - it is by no means super small but it is definitely not a big school: only about 8600 undergrads, grads, and medical students total.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: Really my only complaint is the cost for printing. The school supplies every student with $30 total for each year in 'free' printing. However, for those who are english majors, engineering majors, science majors...those $30 are typically used up within the first few weeks of the fall semester and after that each student must pay for their own printing - 7 cents for a single page and 10 cents for front and back printing.

1 person found this useful Report

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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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