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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Professors and TAs are definitely hit or miss, but I have had some great professors here. I especially have had issues with TAs. In one liberal anthropology class I took, the TA spoke English inadequately to the point where I wondered how she graded any papers. Some of the TAs are very intellectually pretentious and won't like you unless you wear horn rimmed glasses and look nerdy.

However, my favorite professor at Brown opened me up intellectually and really allowed me to blossom into a sophisticated analytical thinker. I took 6 classes with him. I would suggest pinpointing professors you like and taking as many classes as you can with them- they will then be able to write you great recommendations, and you won't have to deal with awful professor or TA drama.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The alumni at Brown aren't what they are at many of the other Ivy Leagues, as Brown only became well-respected academically fairly recently. However, your peers are a great place to make connections- many students have parents in finance, etc. The career services lab is good for checking resumes and letting students know about recruiting events- although I do wish they would send out emails to everyone, not just those signed up to receive them, for major events (i.e. 'Bain comes to campus')

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: They throw awesome parties! There are the houses on campus that throw major parties/for freshmen, and then the houses off campus that older students generally attend

2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: the administration is so bad! Getting them to respond to anyone's needs is an uphill battle, and they definitely are more liberal than the average Brown student- which means that if you have the slightest depression they can send you away for a year, if you're accused of sexual assault you're presumed guilty and punished, or if you want your place advertised as a summer sublet there's a good chance they will simply forget to advertise it and be unresponsive when you complain about it. All of those things have happened to people I know. Apparently Brown forgot to fill out a key question on US News college survey, resulting in very low rankings this year from that missed question. It doesn't surprise me that Brown would forget something like that, even though it's important to outside people.

Most of the administration would have been great if Brown were the hippie-liberal-brainwashed school it was 15 years ago, but the students are now smart and sophisticated- which means that there's a lot of tension/hatred for deans and administrators. Although President Paxson is better at managing these things than Ruth Simmons was.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I love the sports teams! They really keep the campus together socially and throw some of the best parties. Many live off-campus, which is an advantage to the frats on campus parties, since they don't get broken up immediately. Attendance at sporting events isn't great- I went to like two games the whole time I was at Brown, even though I knew a lot of athletes!

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties are awesome! I would say that the fraternity scene is limited to three frats that really do a lot of the parties- Sigma chi, DPhi, and Thete. sororities aren't a big thing, and they don't have parties. The party scene pretty much does consist of girls going to parties thrown by male sports teams or frats, which doesn't bother me in the slightest but it will bother you if you either don't like that type of thing or don't fit the 'hot girl' mold and can never get into parties. Sports teams throw awesome parties off-campus that tend to be right around the corner from Brown. My favorite teams for parties are crew, football, lacrosse, soccer and swimming/water polo. Hockey has its own following too.

Bars on Thayer 20 feet from campus for an afternoon drink, a Friday night, or just a drink with friends. A great time. It's not the Meatpacking district in nyc, but def fun.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: 1. Freshman housing is actually some of the best on campus.

2. BUT everything sucks from there. Grad Center is where many sophomores and juniors (and now even seniors) live, and the living conditions are deplorable. Black mold, concrete, barred windows, and rooms that haven't been properly cleaned since the 80s don't even begin to describe!

Unfortunately it is the largest dorm on campus, so many unlucky folks are stuck there for 2 or even 3 years.

3. Don't bank on getting a single as a junior…my lottery group was one away from having to be in doubles.

4. This would not be horrible if we were given the option to live off campus starting in say our sophomore year- but off campus is only really guaranteed to seniors. juniors can apply to live off campus, but most are not granted off campus permission, so you need to bank on living in forms for 3 years.

If you care about the cleanliness or condition of dorm rooms, I would not go to Brown. Living conditions are a very important part of your experience (that I underestimated), and the lottery/no off-campus till senior year combo give you very limited (and often bad) options.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The area is a bit rough if you wander off Thayer- there are always thefts occurring in the area. I would say that the safety/disciplinary process seems pretty bad though. It's as if you're guilty until proven innocent. As a woman, I have never felt threatened or pushed by guys at parties. As a matter of fact, the guys at Brown are probably more respectful than average. However, every year a left-wing feminist seems to accuse some male athlete/frat boy of rape on questionable grounds, and the university usually somehow mishandles it and it winds up in the papers. Often, the accused winds up being suspended or expelled, and the rational, moderate kids at Brown become appalled that such action is taken without good evidence. I would encourage anyone interested to read the articles/comments on the Brown Daily Herald. Good kids, bad administration.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is great- if you're a senior and granted permission to live off campus. Otherwise, you're pretty much stuck in dorms through your junior year which is horrible news because the housing lottery is awful, and some of the dorms have conditions that are probably questionably legal at best (i.e. toxic mold in grad center is everywhere). I actually disliked the housing situation/the fact that Brown essentially gives you no choice other than living in these h*llholes to the point where I wish I had gone somewhere else. They need to either totally revamp the dorms OR allow anyone who wants to to live off-campus. If you have high standards of living, you're much better off at a place with more flexible housing rules.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I'm falling in love with Providence

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are nightly and everywhere, but people are very inclusive and everyone is welcome. Plus, the thick walls pretty much block out any unwanted noise if you want to study in your room.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I came to Brown expecting some shitty rooms, but damn was I wrong. All the rooms I've visited are decently sized and contain excellent storage and studying spaces. Almost all the rooms come with a nice closet, dresser, and a bookshelf (as well as a spacious desk with drawers). Our room has a window seat and white brick walls!!! How cool is that?

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Most of the athletes are very nice people who are also pursuing concentrations in things like Engineering or Neuroscience. Brown in definitely not a dumb jock school.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Brown is very lenient as long as you are not putting yourself or others in serious danger. Health services will take care of drunk students with no repercussions for drinking.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are shuttles and police on duty 24/7.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of parties at the Frat houses; however, students are super cool about it. No one necessarily cares if you go or not and there's a plethora of other ways to socialize if you aren't into Greek life.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Just don't get in trouble.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: They got you if you need it

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great if you were recruited to come here.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Old buildings and town but not hard to get around.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Pretty diverse, lots of people trying to party and it's pretty easy to make friends.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: It's pretty lame but laidback. Not a big deal.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Sketchy areas, Brown is the richest part of Providence as far as I could see.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not the best, not the worst.

4 College Junior

Majors: It is easy to get involved in the research program for Physics and the equipment and facilities are more than decent.

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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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