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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!

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 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.

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!

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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.

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.

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3 College Junior

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

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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.

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).

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Honestly, Greek Life isn't that big here, and the partying scene at frats are mostly frequented by first years. Greek Life actually suffers under the backdrop of this school's liberal atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Athletics: My school does not have much emphasis on athletics. The athletic facilities for students are pretty nice.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Those studying STEM at my school have a vastly different experience from those who don't. Balance is key.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities are excellent, but the hours can at times be limited.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Brown is an incredible environment. It is amazing to be surrounded every day with such a talented group of students and faculty.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is great, unless you get stuck at Perkins, which is WAYYYYY off campus. If you end up there, make sure to invest in a bike. Other than that, most of the rooms are either spacious, singles, or both. Try to avoid grad center sophomore/junior year as the singles are pretty tiny and gross. However, some of the other dorms are the nicest I've seen on a college campus and most of the freshmen doubles are spacious. Some even have bathrooms with bathtubs, and others have their own sinks. Many do not have either however.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: About two frats that have the stereotypical frat vibe to them: DPhi and Sigma Chi. Its pretty easy to get in if you know people in the frats, and a little difficult but not impossible otherwise. However, a lot of greeks hang out with non-greeks and by no means does your status on campus raise by being in a fraternity or a sorority. Most of the sororities seem pretty typical to me.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our lacrosse and hockey teams are very highly ranked. However, only about 40-50 students go to each of the home games. These numbers are about the same for the football games. Don't expect to be having any huge tailgates.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would definitely say I am happy I chose brown, the number one reason being the open curriculum.

I am able to take whatever classes I want, and the 2 week shopping period lets me know if I'm going to like a class before I take it. Parties are just about the same as any other school, but more inclusive, which can be good, but sometimes they become overcrowded.

My number one complaint about this school would be bad grading by TAs. However, most of the instructors allow people to submit regrade requests and will fix poorly graded tests.

When I got mono first semester, I was able to work with my instructors and administration to come up with a plan and did not have to miss the rest of the semester.

3 College Student

Party Scene: There's some decent nightlife in Providence, but if you really want to explore the crazy bar/club scene, take a weekend trip to NYC, Boston, or Philly.

3 College Student

Party Scene: Definitely not a party school, but you can still have a good time. Mostly low-key kickbacks, but the bar scene is popular too.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: You will run into drugs no matter where you go to college. Just be smart and you'll be just fine.

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1 College Student

Athletics: Carrie bell tower hasn't rang in over 100 years. We often joke that it only rings when the football team wins a game.

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5 College Student

Academics: By far the best part about Brown. There are no gen-ed requirements, so students are able to take a variety of eclectic classes that interest them. Also, there are no grades here (pass/fail system) so students are able to focus more on truly learning the material and expanding their minds rather than just worrying about grades all the time.

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3 College Student

Diversity: Although the school often brags about it's diversity, but the student body itself is very homogeneous; everyone comes from almost the exact same background, but that's what happens when admission to an expensive private institution is so exclusive.

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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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