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Providence, RI
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6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of attractive people, especially for a top-tier school.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Frequent campus shuttles and public transportation are free, and there are Zip Cars everywhere. Also, pretty much everywhere is walkable.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: It's not California, but as far as the Northeast goes, the weather stays nice.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of spots near Thayer, which is not directly on the campus but very close and on the main college strip.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As long as you're not a complete and utter idiot about your drugs or alcohol, you'll be fine.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Brown is a school with tons of amazing people that offers many unique and valuable experiences. The variety of students is spectacular, which makes for great social opportunities and a fun atmosphere.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The frats throw a lot of great parties, but aside from that are relatively nondescript and nonintrusive.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Certain concentrations (majors at any other school) are huge and impersonal, while others are small and personal. The workload is manageable if you plan your classes right. Sciences are a bitch though.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Great undergraduate education -- arguably the best in the world. The open curriculum is amazing and I highly recommend taking advantage of it. Most professors are really nice and have office hours. Unlike other schools, professors teach most of the classes (with the exception of languages and econ, where there is a lot of TA lecturing). Some classes have TAs but they are just there as a resource.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: Roads are a bitch. It's easier to just walk

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The main dining halls --Ratty and V-dub--aren't too good. They're really repetitive and the quality is mediocre. The campus eateries are alright but they get repetitive as well.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Providence is pretty quiet. Students only really "get off the hill" to go to the mall, a club, or a concert.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer street is pretty cool. You should also check out Wickenden. There's less people there and the food is also really good. A lot less chain restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Only thing that's missing is political diversity. There are a few conservatives here and there but Brown is overwhelmingly liberal.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: TO be frank, no one gives a shit if you drink or do drugs. I'm friends with kids who live on substance free floors and they don't really care (only one or two do). Some of the "sub-free" kids drink anyways.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty much everyone has a laptop. But if you don't have one, the libraries have a ton. Printing is a major hassle though because you can't print wirelessly without using some sort of trick

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's college, not a hotel. That being said, Brown's housing is above average. A lot of the freshman dorms have been renovated and are really nice. Some of the upperclassmen dorms aren't that nice.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for financial aid

4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's pretty good. Everyone here is friendly. In freshman year, people tend to make friends either in clubs and/or their dorms. JOIN A CLUB, its seriously really important. MOST IMPORTANTLY, join a club YOU LIKE. Don't do it because it'll look good on your resume.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you live in Keeney, expect to be squatting to pee if you're a girl. That's all i can say. Co-ed bathrooms aren't always a good thing..

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Providence is pretty boring, unsafe, and gloomy. Now, other students will fight me on this (there are some Providence fanatics) but I personally didn't go to Brown for the fantastic city life.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I mean, it's college dining. You'll get sick of the pizza, sick of the grease, and still refuse to make yourself a salad at the Ratty. Eating healthy is something you need to proactively do...or you'll end up at the Gate every 2 am eating greasy Hawaiian pizza

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't come here if you want a classic sorority/ fraternity college experience. Most students don't join in on Greek life, but the frats DO host most weekend parties. Depends what crowd you fall into.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Brown students will most likely never pressure you to drink. Do you! If you like to drink, go ham. If you don't, then don't drink.
A lot of people smoke marijuana here- it's definitely a big scene.

Overall everyone has eachother's backs.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honestly, if you aren't an idiot about your drug and alcohol use you'll be fine. Students frequently smoke openly in freshman quads, and our floor RCs generally know we smoke/ drink.
The BEST thing about Brown is the anonymous EMS service. Your teachers, parents, future employers will never, ever find out you got EMS'd that one Saturday night after throwing back too many shots of Jungle Juice. Very safe.

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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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