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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

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.

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)!

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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.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, I love how it works here--there is a Greek system for those who want it, but I can completely ignore it/occasionally make fun of the frat bros and sorority girls. It is not at all necessary to be part of a frat/sorority to have a social life, nor is it completely ostracizing if you are part of one--I have lots of great friends who are in frats. There's a variety. Some of the frats throw really fun parties, whether they're in the housing provided by the school or in off-campus houses where senior frat members live. Getting into frats doesn't seem too difficult--I think mostly everyone who wants to join does. We also have great program housing that work similarly to the frats. The frats are housed in a gorgeous, super central area with great landscaping, nice rooms.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is sooooo cheap in Providence compared to NYC and Boston--which is reflected in the price to rent off campus. Most seniors and many juniors live off campus in gorgeous apartments or housing around College Hill. The rent is often less than what living on campus costs.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer Street sucks...but once you get to Wickenden, Benefit, downtown, Wayland Square, or to Federal Hill there're lots of amazing restaurants. It's worth the trip! I've spent wayyyy too much eating out this year.

5 College Freshman

Administration: So much freedom to do anything we want...parties do get shut down, but only when they're big, and it's usually the Providence police who crack down. My first weekend here, I was walking down the street with an open alcohol container--the Brown police (aka the Bro po) drove by and said "you probably want to put that away, you're not allowed to have open containers." I was glad I put it away because the Providence police (who are much stricter) drove by right after--thanks Bro po!

The administration is vocally a little stricter this year about student organizations throwing parties, but I don't know if student organizations (i.e. frats, clubs, program houses) have actually been prevented from serving alcohol, etc. at parties.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: So much fun, such a variety of scenes. There's always good live music to hear, whether student bands, local bands, or big acts coming through (Spring Weekend is legendary). Brown is the perfect size: you can find your own community in which you feel comfortable, but there are always new people to meet while out. There's a frat scene, but they're not at all dominant if you're not into that--plenty of other good parties around. Almost every weekend night (including Thursdays, some Wednesdays) has multiple things going on.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: So many options (and I'm vegetarian). It takes some time to figure out where you want to eat/what's good, but it works out. That said, I'll probably go off meal plan ASAP because I like to cook. The meal plan is SUCH a rip-off.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've loved my experience with housing: there are lots of different options (including program housing) depending on what you're looking for. This year, I lived in a huge freshman dorm, which I was originally unhappy about, but I ended up loving it: I made great friends, there was always something to do, the dorm was centrally located, my room was huge, the kitchen space was really nice, and it was kept pretty clean. Yes, there were sometimes parties late at night--but I liked that! I would prefer a more community environment, though, so next year I'm living in a house with a few other people. Lots of options on campus and off campus (or, at least, once you're an upperclassman). Some people do get screwed over by housing lottery though.

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.

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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.

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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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