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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Considering the fact that Brown was started in 1764, I tend to be more lenient about how critical I am about Brown's facilities. This is due to the fact that as an older school most of the architecture and facilities have been around for a while and contribute a lot to the campus' history. Nevertheless so of Brown's facilities could use some upgraded, mostly the dorms. The classrooms, buildings, and other facilities in general are well kept.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Full Ride Baby – Brown only gives need-based financial aid. There are no merit-based or athletic scholarships. They also have a commitment to help everyone graduate without debt. This is a very special feature. I would be spending more money going to my state school, than to go to this Ivy League one.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Nice City, but We Live in the College Bubble – Brown is on "College Hill," which is actually almost in the middle of the city. For the most part, students stay on campus, but there is easy access to any thing else that the city has to offer. Water fire is something that Providence is known for. (Look it up.) Other than that, the mall is pretty close, there are lots of good restaurants around, and students tend to enjoy the little parts of the city that interest them.

3 College Junior

Weather: Providence Has Major Mood Swings – It can be pouring rain and windy one day and beautiful, warm, and sunny the next. The first month or two of the fall semester and the last couple months of the spring semester are beautiful, sunny, and warm in general. In between, it swings around a lot, but the coldest it gets is in the 30s. If it snows, it often rains soon there after which really sucks. Occasionally, in February and January the snow lasts a little longer, which, if it's going to snow, is better than slush.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Great, Mature Parties and Gatherings by Chill Upperclassmen – The best parties I have attended have been in my junior year. Some of the immature craziness has passed and students are able to enjoy each other's company with good music, wine or good beer, good food, good conversation, and sometimes fun dancing too.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Students Like Sports, but It's Not Their Sole Focus – Students are mostly supportive of sports teams when they are friends with members of the team. That said, the most students show up at a football or soccer game when Brown is playing Harvard. Brown has an exceptional men's soccer team and women's crew team; both of which have won NCAA championships in recent years. Athletic facilities are pretty well cared for and accessible. The school is currently building a new swimming facility.

4 College Junior

Administration: Brown is not strict...at least to the best of my knowledge.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Great People – For the most part, the students at Brown are interesting, fun, attractive, and intellectually curious.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Exciting the First Year; Some Places Continue to Be Delicious Over the Years – Overall, the food on campus is pretty good. After the first year of trying all the options, the two main dining halls, "The Ratty" and "The V-Dub" get a little old. The salad bar in the Ratty is always great though, and the self-serve waffle irons at the V-Dub are fun. Otherwise, the Blue room has great coffee, muffins, sandwiches, sushi, etc. The Gate has great pizza and paninis. It's no 5-star dining, but most of the time you can find something good to eat.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: On a varsity sport myself but we received very little support. On the other hand, our soccer team did great and everyone came out to cheer!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Super Diverse – Although some people might lambast the school for having a substantial number of white students, the school celebrates diversity. The school is accepting and has so many different people of color and from diverse backgrounds that you get to the point where you do not even notice it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: A for Awesome – I absolutely love Brown's ample evening availabilities. There's so much to do on campus that you'll never want to leave College Hill!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most people at Brown University walk everywhere. Few people have cars. The transportation system, Ripta, is available for all of Providence and is pretty standard. There is a separate bus service that is able to transport students downtown and back. However, it is difficult getting to and from the airport. In most situations when students need a reliable transportation source to get somewhere, they call the local cab service.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Not Too Intense – The campus strictness at Brown University is very lenient. There is a lot of underage drinking, which takes place in frats, sororities, dormitories, and the like. There is also quite a lot of drug usage. Marijuana is very popular and smoked pretty much everywhere. The campus officers are extremely helpful and are not all out to turn people in or ruin people's fun. Their main purpose is to ensure that Brown students remain safe.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Brown University has excellent standards in regard to safety and security on campus.There is very little campus crime, and I never feel as if my personal safety were in jeopardy. Downtown Providence at night, however, can be slightly frightening as there can be sketchy groups of people wandering around.There are blue campus safety lights placed periodically around campus that allow for one to contact SafeRide, Brown's 24/7 service that transports students to various on-campus destinations should they ever feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Happiest Students? Oh Now I Understand – Brown is pretty much awesome. The class options are fantastic, ranging from Into the Machine- a survey of science fiction literature- to Biotechnology in the Modern World. Even though it is tempting tp spend all of your time socializing with all of the interesting people here, you have to study unless you want to sink. Definitely choose Brown if you want an academically stimulating education that you don't have to sacrifice a vibrant social life for.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Don't Expect Much – There are some clubs off of College Hill that are 18+, but they aren't very high quality. The parties on campus also aren't anything special. There are more options if you are over 21, but they are nothing to be excited about.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Minority Perspective – A lot of the students here Jewish and Caucasian. That being said, I am a minority and have always felt welcome by pretty much everyone. I have yet to become heavily involved in African American oriented clubs and organizations, but they din't seem to have a very visible presence on campus she compared to the Jewish Hillel organization for instance.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Large variety of majors and one does not have to declare a major to begin with.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The female students at Brown are intelligent but not the most attractive. It is hard to have a conversation that doesn't mostly involve them talking about school or how stressed they are.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Sharpe Refractory offers a wide variety of food choices. Some days are better than others, but with the large selection one can always find something good to eat. The V-dub offers less selection but the food is usually better quality and better tasting.

2 College Freshman

Weather: All Over the Place – The weather will go from gorgeous and sunny to snowing within a week. Providence definitely keeps us on our toes. But luckily things aren't terribly far away, and when the weather is nice the campus is extremely lively.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Go Flex – The food in the dining halls is decent but very repetitive. A flex plan is definitely the way to go, and the eateries where you can spend points have significantly better food than the all-you-care-to-eat options.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Very Popular – Alcohol is the most popular drug by far. There are more on campus who use it than don't, and the attitude toward underage drinking is relaxed.

Marijuana has its place on campus as well although it does not have near the influence of alcohol. It's more a private thing.

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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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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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