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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brown's liberal curriculum, prestigious faculty, and inspiring classes made my experience extremely rewarding.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brown Connect is a very useful and student friendly platform for job search, alumni networking and opportunity exploring.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Brown makes me feel secure and cared all the time, in that I myself have never felt my safety was challenged, and people with safety problems are taken perfect care of.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms at Brown were called "hotels" for legit reasons.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love how Greek life always takes part in campus life, but is never too huge or messy.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sport remains an integral part of campus life, though not as huge as in state schools. In stead of being overwhelmingly competitive, Brown holds an open and mild attitude toward athletes and instrumental players, so that no one is under great pressure but we simply enjoy sports as an exciting activity.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brown provides students with a liberal environment full of opportunities, so that each student has the aspiration and passion to pursue their interests and specialties. I enjoyed the extremely insightful advising services provided by professors and advisors, in that they do not only think of you as a student, but more as a person in the society. Brown is where you discover unlimited potentials, sharpen your abilities, and become proud of who you are and what you achieve.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most classes, especially in the humanities, are small which allows for more participation and discussion. It is fairly easy to get a hold of professors. Students are generally supportive of one another.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most students usually get an internship, job, or research opportunity in the summer.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Brown has been taking more security measures on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Residential halls do not have air-conditioning units. It is very hot in the summer. Some dorms are very old, but for the most part, the dorms are relatively spacious.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a variety of different frat and sororities with different emphases.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I do not frequently attend sport events and games.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Brown's undergraduate student population is very engaged in the issues across campus. Student groups are actively involved in making a difference outside of campus as well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: If you're intellectually curious, Brown is the school for you. I love the open curriculum and although the workload can be heavy at times, there is a lot of grade inflation and it is easy to get A's. There are only a few downsides to going here. Although the campus is gorgeous and the brick buildings give it that classic Ivy-League feel, but that comes at a cost- a lot of the amenities are outdated. Also, even though we have an amazing, intelligent, liberal student body, many (if not most) of the students seem to be very sheltered and immature, which is nothing out of the ordinary at an Ivy. However, with a reputation as the "different" Ivy, students at Brown are slightly less hoity-toity compared to the typical Ivy-Leaguer. As long as you're friendly to everyone and try keep an open mind, you're golden.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors, even in large lecture classes, are always approachable and friendly. They are open to extensions when asked and even small talk. However, with the amount of time you have with each professor (this also depends on the size of the class) it's unlikely for you to become very friendly with any teachers throughout college unless you take initiative.

Classes can range from 7 people to 200. There are a variety of options, usually intro classes are big while seminars, language classes, and specific topic classes are smaller. With large classes there is an immense amount of TAs that are always available to help. They also run review/discussion sections to allow students to ask specific questions and get advice from experts who already aced the class.

Most classes, in the humanities, make you do a lot of reading, have a smaller discussion section, and then 2-4 big assignments like midterms, finals, essays, take home exams, etc.

The variety of courses speaks for itself. There are too many choices and they are all interesting!

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are so many housing options. It really depends where you are placed. For Freshmen, Andrews is very new and clean and has many amenities (such as study centers and food!!) but is far from main campus. Em/Wool and Mo/Champ are pretty ugly but rooms are spacious and communities within the halls form easily. They are also far from main campus. Keeney is on the other side of campus, but still closer to main campus than the ones above. Keeney is also new and clean and has many amenities and social spaces. The environment creates its own social scene, Keeney can be a society, a huge one, in itself. However, it feels closed off from the rest of campus. Wayland is close to Keeney but on Wriston Quad with all the Greek and Program housing. It is a beautiful location, the closest to the Ratty and main campus. Its amenities are average and the rooms are average. Wayland is by far the smallest of the Freshmen communities, which has its perks and downfalls. The housing lottery after freshmen year is scary but in the end no big deal. Some Sophomore housing is right on main campus, there are opportunities for the students to live in suites a little farther from main campus and opportunities to join Greek and Program housing on Wriston. Upperclassmen can apply to live off campus, which is done regularly- there is a lot of good real estate around campus.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is without a doubt the best way to connect with people from various backgrounds and cultures. On campus residences at Brown is so diverse you meet at least 7 people from different backgrounds and with different ethnicity every hour.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life on campus is minimal. Quite notable for their parties though.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Brown is one of the few top universities in the United States with an open curriculum program where students are responsible for designing a study program that best fits their academic goals. Simply amazing!

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Has the most positive energy not just for brown students but for anyone interested in college athletics. There is an equal level of involvement from every member of the college.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: During my stay here I have mostly had no issues regarding safety. Just use common sense and try to stay on campus late at night.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hit and miss. Check The Critical Review to know what you're getting yourself into before anything else.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Really depends what you're studying, like any other school in the US (save for maybe Harvard). CareerLAB and networking with alums could definitely use a lot of work, but the administration seems to be taking notice so at least there's that.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Options are pretty polarizing for first years; better hope you have some friends at Andrews or Metcalf if you get stuck with MoChamp. I take that back: housing in general is pretty polarizing (see: Perkins vs 315 Thayer). It gets better with seniority but compared to other schools is mediocre at best. The Reslife staff could use some revamping as well. The manner with which they treat their students is god-awful.

At the very least, the administration seems to be taking some notice with renovations and, as of this year, eliminating suite fees for many of the on-campus rooms (which were pretty damned ridiculous to begin with).

2 people 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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