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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are hot although there is a clear divide between the athletes and the non athletes. All the girls on campus try to look presentable and do so with their own style. Both genders are very fit and into good health.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Great and Poor – Some facilities on campus are great.
Computers are new and all over campus. The student union was completely redone in the last few years and is now a very popular hangout with a cafe, market, late night area, and everything.
The satellite gym in Keeney Quad needs a lot of work, though. The machines are old and more than half are broken. When you live in Rhode Island, you need indoor fitness centers because the weather holds you hostage indoors for much of winter.
The Sciences Library is amazing. It has the newest everything, a cafe, quiet areas, and late hours.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Love the Atmosphere! Thayer St. is quirky, but there's always somewhere to go/something to eat. It is a relatively short walk to the main campus if you live on Thayer, and everything is a convenient walk. There's a CVS right on the corner of where several freshman dorms are located. The campus always feels relaxed. Nobody is overbearing or pressures you to do anything you don't want to do.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I Have All of Providence at My Fingers! the Brown ID also doubles as a Providence bus pass... so that's cool- no need to buy bus tickets! there's also SafeRide which is an on campus taxivan for getting from one end of campus to the other. all Brown students with a driver's license can also rent ZipCars for driving around if needed. Overall, if you need to get around campus or the city, Brown has you covered.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything on campus is beautiful from the outside! Some of the buildings are newly renovated and some are in the process of being renovated... there are so places to study, a myriad of libraries and eateries, art spaces, etc. there are quite a few places to work out too.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Flexible and Focused on You! brown has fantastic professors, dynamic classes, open curriculum, loving advisors and the choice to take classes S/NC (satisfactory/no credit). it's pretty rockin'. there are soo many interesting classes to take and they all vary so much! you can take a 500 person intro to Econ with 20 people sections or you can take a 6 person course in Haitian Creole! it's fantastic!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a type for everyone, and it's often difficult to even say if one student belongs to one particular type of student because people tend to take on multiple identities, which is good, because people are never as one dimensional as we think. Also, very hot boys and very pretty girls. Fashion varies across a wide spectrum, but majority of people don't wear sweatpants to class.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There's a good mix of ethnicities here at Brown, and it's almost impossible to get by without knowing at least one international student. Brown students engage in race-related discourse very often, though this may not necessarily translate to real ethnic/racial understanding. It's more tolerance and talking about diversity rather than actual diversity.

3 College Junior

Technology: Network Somewhat Unreliable – Wifi connection is spotty around campus, though computers are always readily available. Printing is easy to set up and use, and we get $30 annually to print documents.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Rainy Providence – Providence = lots of rain. Prepare for rain. But the fall and spring are absolutely beautiful, and the enduring the rain is a small price to pay to be at such a wonderful school!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: You will never find a more intellectual, yet happy culture anywhere like Brown University. There is such great local places to visit. It's not boring at all. It's hard to find a bad thing about Brown.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Free Mass Transit; Boston – Brown students are lucky to be provided with free bus and trolley access by using their student ID (a privilege not shared by the other local institutions). You can get most places that you'd need if you want to venture off campus, and Boston is only an hour away on a reasonably priced commuter rail.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: 2 AM Curfew – The nightlife in Providence is very limited, partly because the city has a 2 AM curfew. There are 1-2 clubs students frequent, but other than that campus should always have something to offer.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Anything but Normal – You'd find yourself straining to come up with the picture of the average Brown student--that's most likely because there probably isn't one. Guys and girls can range from hipster rags and hair die, to your typical New England khaki-shorts and flip flops, to street slum, to something worthy of an award show. All in all the student body is fairly attractive, but that could be because we've ruled out all options from the nearby universities.

3 College Junior

Administration: Generally isn't an issue. Serious problems if you're put on medical or mental leave, however.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I think about 11% of Brown is involved in fraternities or sororities. Fine by me.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Not many here care about organized athletics. Which is fine with me.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Rhode Island is a small place, so it's easy to get discouraged about the availability of entertainment. But digging deeper into the corners of Providence, you'll find local musicians, plays, poetry readings, rock concerts, maybe some nightlife- plus, the Duck and Bunny, a bakery/pub/restaurant that makes the greatest cupcakes you will ever have. It helps that Brown and RISD are such big influences on the city; the overall effect is very artsy, very East Coast. The mall is pretty massive. Thayer Street, a small shopping district near Brown, has great falafel. There have been muggings though, so safety is something to be mindful of.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: At Brown we have students from every state and country imaginable, but I still feel like I'm attending a predominantly white, predominantly upper-middle class school. Maybe it's because the Ivy League, wealth, and connections tend to go hand in hand. But other kinds of diversity- sexual, religious- are especially alive. Kids here seem incredibly expressive about their identities, and are always willing to talk openly about them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus Food – The food isn't wonderful, fantastic, or any other overly great superlatives, but good enough that I can eat it everyday. There are also a variety of options (in terms of dining halls), but some are 10 min walk away.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The atmosphere is not very competitive, and yet everyone does well in classes. I believe most of the Brown students are very self-motivated, and realize that the battle is between themselves not with others. Very helpful environment, and everyone is willing to help.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Gisps Are Awesome! Group Independent Study Projects, or GISPs, allow students to get together with a faculty sponsor and make a class. Having the opportunity to plan out a semester course is a great learning experience for students and professors alike. Some of these classes, like the very popular Introduction to Neuroscience, have actually ended up becoming an integral of the Brown curriculum!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There's Always *Something* Going on – The nightlife definitely exists, so you'll find something to do if you really want to get out of your dorm. The frats on Wriston campus usually have parties every week during the first few weeks of the semester, and there's also a lot of dorm parties and house parties with free music and alcohol. The BroPo (Brown Police) is pretty chill, so as long as you keep the music low enough that it won't break your windows, you can pretty much party all night long. I can't say the same for the ProPo (Providence Police), though. They crack down most house parties, so underage drinkers beware. The club scene is mostly for students who are 21+. There are a few bars downtown, like Mirabar, that are 18+, so they're always an option if you wanna get off campus.

3 College Junior

Technology: To be perfectly honest, Brown does a decent job at maintaining students happy when it comes to computing. There are several computer labs around campus, most of which offer both Macs and PCs as well as scanners for student use. All of them offer printing services; the neat thing is that all Brown students receive $30 in printing money for the school year, so you're well of for a while. However, there are some cons. Brown offers two wireless networks, Brown_EZ and Brown-Secure, both of which are extremely unreliable and relatively slow when compared to the networks at other schools. Furthermore, during finals period, overcrowding at the computer labs makes getting a computer very difficult and getting something printed almost impossible. I suggest that students purchase a personal computer and a printer, since they could be your only option during crunch time.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm middle-class. I got a weak evaluation after I got accepted, which I appealed successfully for somewhat better aid. All in all it ended up being okay. Then, the next year, it was just as bad as the first time. My family's gross income went down, but my FA got worse. I don't know what to make of it, but I can tell you is that they'll try and work with you. Being middle class here is tough, though.

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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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