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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Though parts of my college experience have been very difficult, overall I have loved my time at Brown. I've met some of my best friends here (specifically, through the tight community of queer people of color) and I've taken classes that have legitimately changed my life. Brown is an ideal school for students who are independently motivated. There's a huge variety of course offerings and a lot of groups/places for people to find their best social vibe. What I will say though, is just because Brown has a reputation for being extremely liberal, doesn't mean that it doesn't have much of the racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, and more that comes with elite academic institutions.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Brown provides students with a unique experience because there are students from various backgrounds. Those from marginalized backgrounds, however, are not well-supported throughout their years here.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very helpful in the college transition

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I only gave 4 stars because nothing is perfect. But Brown.Is the closest to it. Great, intelligent students, great classes, (some) great Professors, and a chance to build your own curriculum and explore academically. It is a paradise for intellectually curious students. I love my time and can't wait to go back in the Fall!

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't picture myself anywhere else, though there are still some aspects of the school that I would like to change.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Teachers and school staff are supportive and easy to reach. Everyone is willing to help and the school has a great environment.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and have had an incredible experience so far. I have made memories and have grown as a person

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus, kind people, strong classes.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Brown! I've had a very positive experience so far. Student body and faculty are wonderful, brilliant, and passionate. Administration however does not always adequately respond to student needs.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ballroom, swing club, meiklejohns, advisors, the green, SN/C, and an open curriculum. These are just a small part of the greatness that is Brown. There are also so many resources available to students to make sure our every need, emotional and academic, is met. Support is available at every corner and so many events, especially during orientation, are geared towards helping students get familiar with the campus and meet new people. With an open curriculum, we are allowed to take the classes we are interested in. The variety of activities and groups also help us discover ourselves, what we enjoy and do not, and meet people.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Brown University is VERY liberal-- in every sense of the word. There's few spaces where there isn't alcohol. It can be frustrating if that's not your thing.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't gone through the process myself, but I know from friends that it is imperative to start as early as possible. Prices can be high and it may be difficult to find a place close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: In my opinion, if you are not a drinker, you won't be happy with the party scene. Otherwise, you'll probably like it.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I feel there's a lot of the same thing and it's hard to find healthy options. The cheapest place is Au Bon Pain and probably my favorite, although service isn't very good. There's a few restaurants on Thayer, but unless it's a special occasion, it's not a good option.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The first few months, I felt pleasantly surprised with the food options, especially at the Ratty because they have a relatively large selection of vegetarian and vegan options. However, two years later, and I am sick of the food. It's always the same and the only "healthy" options are salads, which can get pretty boring. I definitely miss cooking!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Brown will provide you with money if you really need it. I do think that they can be more generous, though.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly readily available and convenient.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A large variety of foods. great food on thayer and federal hill. very convenient

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not a huge party scene but fun. Usually parties at clubs or sports houses. not much greek life

4 College Freshman

Administration: Very relaxed but definitely addresses student concerns and makes us feel safe

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get much in scholarships personally. Financial aid could be more extensive.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some things are really good and some aren't. Meal plan is a little confusing. Decent amount of options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are spacious enough. The social atmosphere is good. There are lots of options. Very clean and access to amenities like study lounges, kitchens, and gyms. Dorms are very close to classes as well as to Thayer Street and its attractions.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People-watching is so much fun...I'm so into so many of the guys and girls at this school. They're cool, confident, interesting, passionate, gorgeous and have hidden depths. Side note: I'm pretty sure niche is only letting me rank the guys--but that's so heteronormative (not to act out a Brown cliche)!

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: No complaints...the health center is fine, although not as good as the health care I get at home. I've always felt safe on campus and I know that Brown will provide me with a huge support system of healthcare--psychological, physical, and emotional--if I need it.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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