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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are many parties on campus, mostly in the Greek houses, but also at clubs down town that can be annoying to get to especially in the cold. A lot of freshmen and sophomores have small pregame until about ten before going out and finding a party. I think the party scene has a positive impact on the student experience, it allows a place to unwind and sometimes meet some really cool people.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is awesome. There are so many places where one can eat right on Thayer Street, and a lot more if you're willing to walk to Wickenden. This only gets better if you're willing to go a little further off campus. The only problem is that a lot of the places are fairly expensive. Not outrageously, but for a college student.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Providence is a small city, but it has a lot going for it. The restaurants are great and it's easy to get to other beautiful and exciting areas thanks to proximity. Some may say that it gets a little boring, but there is plenty to do. the only problem is that it's very expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not huge at Brown. A very small percentage of students are actually involved. That being said, Greek parties are widely attended by non-Greeks. Each Greek house has a building on campus, but nonGreeks can live on certain floors of the building as well. Greeks students aren't really perceived any differently than nonGreeks. it is very low-key.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: It's not easy to actually get in trouble at Brown. You have to be pretty stupid or basically looking for it. Brown Police is not out to get students, they really are just there to keep us safe. The only thing is that campus parties do get shut down a lot, but that's due to inevitable overcrowding and high noise levels of the better parties. Having visitors is incredibly easy. Nobody has to be notified- it's great because that seems like it would be a huge hassle. Cheating is taken very seriously, though it is known that in certain concentrations it happens quite a bit. Creating new student organizations is a process, but it is not difficult.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's a smaller program so it's a closer community. Thanks to this there is a lot of opportunity to get involved in research. The workload is not bad at all and either way the courses are very interesting. The department's building is one of the nicest on campus- it has great offices, computer labs, study areas, and labs.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many students are varsity or club athletes, or participate in intramural sports. Events are not widely attended, however. Usually the people who show up to events are participants' close friends and parents, maybe some community members. The athletic departments efforts to get people to come have not been very successful.

The athletic facilities are great, we have three main ones with a hockey rink, tennis courts (indoor and out) basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, a large athletic center, huge indoor pool, and indoor and outdoor track. All the facilities are very nice and well kept, except for the smaller satellite gyms on other parts of campus. I think the majority of students take advantage of the athletic facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university has taken steps to improve safety on campus. At night, we have safe ride- a shuttle service, safe walk- a service for two employed students to walk you where you need to go so you aren't alone, Brown University Police, blue lights, and Brown security posted in various spots on campus at night. I feel very safe, although there are the occasional crimes, like people getting robbed on the street or getting their bikes stolen.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My first year there I did not get much money. Despite my family's financial situation worsening, I got even less money my second year. I made an appeal, which wasn't very difficult to do, just kind of a hassle. The people in the financial aid office were very friendly and helpful. I ended up getting about 50% more aid. It still is not very much, but that's just the way it is. My family is middle class, and we can hardly afford to pay for Brown without making huge sacrifices. It is difficult to get aid as a middle class student.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The atmosphere of Providence supplements Brown. As a student at Brown, you probably won't be leaving Brown's bubble to go interact with JWU students or Providence College students. However, Providence offers what many other cities offer. There are always local concerts, somewhere to go eat, activities to explore (such as the Waterfire). Providence Mall is also a really cool place to go shopping because it is so massive. Providence has a lot to offer.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Brown really does live up to its prestigious name when it comes to education. Answering this after completing one semester of college, I can truly say that I have learned an unbelievable amount since arriving here. Its science department is amazing. Its math department is amazing. (As an engineering major I cannot speak for other areas of concentration). The only criticism I have is for its engineering department. Its intro course is new and still undergoing some renovation issues, but higher level courses have a reputation for being amazing. If you are planning to be an engineer and can stand the first year, then the curriculum will be great.

In terms of choosing courses, we get a "shopping period." We can "sample" as many classes as we want during this period (usually the first two weeks into a semester) to get a feel for the class. After this period you can officially register for the course. This gives students the opportunity to really explore classes and to get to know them before deciding on whether or not to take the course.

Brown's open curriculum also gives you chances students at other schools do not receive. Aside from taking required courses towards your major and fulfilling a not-very-intense writing requirement, you can take literally any class you want to take and qualify for. This allows you really shape a college curriculum that you will love. This allows you to explore areas that you did not know you liked. Heck, it might even shape the major you eventually choose! All in all, Brown has an outstanding curriculum.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked for off-campus housing and do not plan on doing so. Therefore I cannot provide a helpful response.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Brown is the absolute best when it comes to campus strictness. So long as you are keeping yourself and others safe, you can basically do whatever you want and be whoever you want to be without any administrative or social pressure. Brown is only strict when it comes to honor code and safety issues, such as sexual assault incidents. Simply put: Brown is open to letting you be independent but will put its foot down when the situation calls for it.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Brown gives you a fair amount of money. Like most Ivys, scholarships and financial aid are need based: they will give you enough money so that tuition is not a burden on your family. I come from a middle class family and have a twin going to Brown, and Brown accounted for all of this. They gave my family a sufficient amount of money and they made access to loans and scholarships very easy.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places off campus to go eat, especially down the hill. However, I have not had the opportunity to check many of these places out (especially because I am a poor college student). I cannot provide an accurate response that would be helpful to others.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is the absolute best; if you get a dorm in Pembroke Quad (I was one such lucky recipient), then you get newly renovated dorms and you are near Andrews Commons and the VW dining hall. If you're lucky enough to be placed in Andrews, then you get a personal sink! However, housing goes WAY down from there. Most of the upperclassmen dorms are very old and, although sufficient, could use some renovation.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can find almost anything every night if you so chose to do so. However, the atmosphere at Brown emphasizes working hard during the week and blowing off some steam on the weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can find plenty of frat parties or you can find dorm parties-- whatever floats your boat.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many facilities available to students. Some are more modern than others. The green areas are very aesthetically pleasing and relaxing. There are clubs for basically anything you can think of. Events occur on a daily basis and we get notifications for them. Almost every and any facility is available to students. The only negative part is that some are out of date.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties pretty much every weekend. If you want to party, they are easy to find and people are open to other students. The best parties on campus are those that are meant for socializing, which are usually hosted by clubs. If you do not party, there are plenty of other events or students that don't either. From experience, both are fun and added to my positive experience

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some places have student discounts, but most that I know of do not. It is a lot of local restaurants, which makes off-campus dining unique. The prices can be expensive.

5 College Freshman

Administration: One aspect that makes Brown unique is how liberal it is. They are very open to new ideas and to everyone. So starting new clubs, protests and demonstrations, and other ways to voice your opinion is almost unlimited. Brown is still strict with essential rules and policies, such as dorms and criminal activity.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are police throughout campus, especially at night. They are very vigilant and friendly. Safewalk will give students student escorts that will walk them back. I always feel safe on campus even though it is in the middle of Providence.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have been thoroughly challenged and yet simultaneously encouraged to explore and take risks, and exposed to some of the smartest, most interest students I've ever met in my life.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: For a small city, it feels very vibrant.

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5 College Senior

Majors: Brown is frequently ranked among the top three computer science programs in the country.

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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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