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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer has pretty good variety, and so does Wickenden, which is a little farther away but within walking distance. It's not New York City, but you won't get bored. My biggest complaint is the lack of a grocery store near campus (the closest one is about a mile away, and buses are sporadic).

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is pretty chill about alcohol/drugs. In certain situations, frats have gotten in trouble for serving alcohol to underage drinkers, but individuals can't really get in trouble for drinking.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It seems like there's been a crackdown on frats, but you can always find a good party (and who wants to go to a frat party anyway?). Brown students love to party. In general, people stay close to campus most of the time, and every once in a while will venture downtown. The party scene is pretty egalitarian/not exclusive.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm not on financial aid (though probably a majority of students are), but have heard from friends that it's not the best. Brown is relatively poor compared to peer institutions, and though the school officially meets 100% of demonstrated need, Brown's definition of "need" can be lower than at other institutions, especially for middle-class students. People do sometimes graduate with debt. But I have heard of people successfully appealing and getting more aid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are okay, though there's not a lot of variety and healthy options are limited. Blue Room, Andrews, and Jo's are great — good variety and good quality, and they have some interesting/unique options (Asian fusion, made-to-order sandwiches, burrito bowls, etc). But it's the same price at those places whether you pay with cash or meal plan, so there's not much of a point to being on meal plan after freshman year.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never gone through the process of off-campus housing, so I can't comment on it much. Friends have told me off-campus permission is hard to get junior year, but it is guaranteed senior year. The houses that I've been to off campus have been nice but far from the rest of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Easy to stop into Bajas, Antonio's or Mike's at 2 am, when everything else is closed. The food is quite fun off campus, and Thayer actually has lots of options.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Most of the time, Brown is very forgiving. In terms of protests, however, the university has not supported its students in the best way.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Lots of documents needed and it is hard to get exceptions, even if a needed document is not one that I have available/is not one that I have ever even had. The aid can also fall short of what is needed.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Depends on the weekend! Sometimes everything happens one weekend and other weekends nothing is going on. The parties are usually fun.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Few healthy options at most places. While Andrews has different food options, most of them are fried and/or greasy. The Vdub is not open on weekends, which is inconvenient. The only things available at Andrews after around 7 or 9 (don't remember which) are pizza and lo mein, which are not healthy. The salads there also aren't great, and the sushi is wildly expensive. The fruit is usually pretty banged up too. The Ratty can be okay, but usually the meals aren't great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A lot of the dorms are great, but there are also several that are quite old and show that; others are very ugly and do not seem to be the best living spaces. Many dorms are also very far from main campus, especially sophomore and junior dorms. However, they are all comfortable in my experience and the nice dorms are incredible.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Many students are part of a team, but there are also a good number of students who are not part of a team and are unaware.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Being only a first year, I am not sure exactly how off-campus housing works, and how good it is for students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer Street is very convenient in location and many varieties

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Since it is need-based, I am still in the process of looking for outside scholarship money, to help for my next three years.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Wide variety of parties, from athletic team parties, out clubbing, social organization parties.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not the best quality of food. Fruit is usually not ripe. Not a lot of healthy food options (limited types of fruits available). Should rotate fruit availability because I am allergic to almost every fruit they offer.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good range in location options. Some housing on campus is very outdated.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I just started i was already suggested to go to tutoring.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is my second week. Im beginning with a new teacher. The teachers need to teach teach and repeat teaching if students dont understand

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The basic reason i came to this school is the quality of it.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a restaurant next to the school. The place looks old and unclean.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I tend to obey policies. I believe in doing things right.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: FASA doesnt cover enough. I have a hard time applying for scholarships.


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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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