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Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students are very, very attractive and you can generally find a hook up with ease. There are relationships, flings, dating and combinations of these present. In terms of dress, people typical have good fashion sense but students are free to express themselves however much they'd like. Similarly, individuals are pretty friendly and open to new interactions with many new people.

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5 College Freshman

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

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Really nice people. Variety of styles and interests. It's impossible not to find a group to fit into (or a dozen).

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You find all types of people of all gender identities who are passionate, interesting, and eager to make friends or at least have casual conversation. Social life and dress varies from one person to the next but you can always find someone to match your interests. The only thing holding back an A+ is that about halfway through the first semester cliques become more pronounced so patterns of behavior tend to solidify.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The variety of social backgrounds and experiences in the student body make Brown University an incredibly vibrant and active place. Students are very hard-working, but also take social activities and partying as seriously as their future careers, as it is important to also have fun!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Smartest Girls
  • 59th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 59th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 67th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 71st
    Smartest Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
Undecided
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According to the rumors, the headshots Brown requires with every application are meant to ensure Brown’s reputation for having the most attractive Ivy League students. Whether or not you believe this rumor is entirely a matter of taste (and whether you consider “attractive Ivy League student” an oxymoron). In general, students tend to agree that the admissions office does a fabulous job choosing interesting and enjoyable classmates, but they are a little more critical when it comes to sharing anything more than intellectual curiosity with their peers. However, the truth of the matter is that the Brown student body is no more or less attractive than any other population of 20-year-old students; observers are just as likely to rave about the spectacular beauties lounging on the Main Green as they are to complain about the pale, four-eyed creatures that wander out of the library late at night.

The only real consensus is on the state of the dating scene: There isn’t one. Students chose between serial relationships, random hookups, or celibacy. While this is a common complaint on Friday nights, the system is probably perpetuated because it suits the busy Brown lifestyle.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
53%
Male Undergrads
47%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Residential counselors and health services make contraceptives readily available to students.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Thayer Street, Max's, and Viva
  2. Wriston Quad
  3. The Main Green
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The 12th floor of the Sci-Li
  2. The Underground
  3. The GCB
  4. A freshmen lounge
  5. The Main Green
Social Scene
Brown students generally can be put into two groups: social butterflies and social caterpillars. It makes for a great dynamic. Just when you think you've exhausted your social sphere, you meet someone in a class who, it turns out, lived down the hall from you for two years but never left their room. That being said, freshmen housing units are the basis for future social interaction at Brown. In freshmen units, personalities spill into the hallways and start friendships that may last a lifetime. At Brown, a smile really is all it takes to meet people.
Hookups or Relationships?
Very few students seem to carry deep, long-term relationships, but a good number of them do exist. However, Brown is a school where hookups reign supreme. Most students would say they are simply too busy and too involved to pursue a committed relationship. Brown also seems to attract many freshmen with little or no relationship experience. It's impossible to say what combination of factors lead to the two most common sentiments about Brown students and dating: "there is no dating at Brown," and "we're just friends with benefits."
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Students spend most of their time on campus, so the back row of a lecture hall, a small study section, or an all-night study group are all great places to start relationships. The same goes for the libraries and caf├ęs on Thayer Street. The fact that few students leave campus on the weekends means that the students looking for a good time will be concentrated at one of the half-dozen big and easy to find parties on any given night.
Dress Code
The dressing tendencies at Brown tend to be all over the place. The majority of students dress like you would expect any other college students to dress. You will definitely see your share of designer clothing and hip style and fashion here. Particularly in the winter, fashion seems to give way to functionality, but even then, students manage to show off some personal flair. Conversely, a good number of students seem to just throw together whatever isn't in the laundry. Overall, there is a broad spectrum of dressing, so regardless of your own personal style, chances are you'll feel comfortable with how you dress.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% None
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 8% Casual dating at your school
  • 8% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 0% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 50% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 50% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

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