Brown University

916 reviews
  1. Providence, RI
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Brown University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
One Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
Website

Brown University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
SAT Range
1330-1550
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$21,193/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $3,186/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,129/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,700/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,282/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,007/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.55 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,255Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    46%
  • Non-judgemental
    17%
  • Uniquely themselves
    17%
  • Open
    6%
  • Privileged
    6%
  • Aggressively, almost closed-mindedly passionate
    3%
  • Indifferent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.81 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.95 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    49%
  • Pushing students to think differently
    26%
  • Progressive
    15%
  • Liberal to the point of being flawed
    5%
  • Vibrant
    5%

After Brown University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses

Reviews

916 reviews
  • Excellent
    203
  • Very Good
    324
  • Average
    314
  • Poor
    52
  • Terrible
    23
Brown is extremely welcoming overall to incoming freshman. Orientation practices make it extremely clear that there are numerous groups aimed at making the first year transition easier, resources are always available for needs ranging from psychological, immediate, financial, or long term; professors are more often than not welcoming, and the existing student population is wonderful. That being said, school is rigorous. It takes an entirely different mindset than high school because of the added stake of it being college. Time management is difficult at times, though resources and peers have made this mental shift doable. Overall, I wouldn't change meeting this concentrated group of talented and diverse individuals for anything - I love Brown!
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 17 2015
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!
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago
Having lived in Morriss-Champlin for the past year and now moving to Perkins this year, I have gotten almost the worst end of the stick in my first two years of housing on Brown's campus. Both dorms are easily viewed by the student body to be the worst freshman and sophomore housing selections; nevertheless, living in those dorms has neither impeded nor discouraged me to engage in the social atmosphere of the campus or successfully get to classes. There are much, much better accommodations on campus for first and second years, both closer to campus and included more advanced amenities; I also will add that Perkins is getting a renovation this summer and will undoubtedly have better amenities next year!
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago