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4 College Junior

Academics: Being a biology major at brown is wonderful. There are many opportunities for research and the classes are all very interesting. There is something for every interest. The professors all really love what they teach too. It can be difficult, but is manageable.

13 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: Need blind for domestic US applicants and the financial aid is very generous. If your tax income is below 60,000, Brown will cover all the costs, so you'll have no parent contribution.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Incredible Classes – There are so many classes to choose from at Brown and the S/NC (pass/fail) grade option allows you to take any class outside your major without affecting your grades. The Open Curriculum offers so many options to create not only your path in your major but even create a new major for yourself. The workload can be heavy, especially for science concentrators, but possible to accomplish. Professors and TA's are available and tutoring options are always open to those who are struggling.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Several apartments are available but you have to be upper classman to apply for off campus housing and sign your leases in late September/ early October to get a place close to the school.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: They aren't strict at all. I have the freedom to not only create my own curriculum, but to do whatever I want. As long as you're respectful of others you won't find yourself in trouble.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's stuff to do around Providence and especially on campus, but sometimes students are known to get bored. Boston is about an hour's train ride away, but it's not that convenient. The Providence Place Mall is a great place to hang out, eat at the Cheesecake Factory, or catch a movie, but the same old mall can get dull after four years. Still, the locals are friendly, there are some good restaurants that aren't too expensive, and it's a pretty safe area. Not too bad for the capital of the smallest state in the country.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It – People here work hard and excel, but also know how to have fun too. Everyone's really friendly, the food isn't too bad, and campus is safe & beautiful. I honestly couldn't see myself going anywhere else.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe but Be Vigilant. I've never felt unsafe at Brown, but there have been muggings on the outskirts of campus. However, those muggins are few and far between. Brown is technically not a closed campus so it's quite easy for townies to venture inside (which is what I love about the campus). It makes it very open and beautiful, but also poses a potential danger for unwelcome wrongdoers. The best thing for a person to be is vigilant. Other than that, Providence is a just another quiet yet vibrant city.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: If the Campus Were a Dog, It'd Be a Mut – No one is the same. I always find myself wishing there was a camera nearby because I'm always finding myself in a group with varying race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, and religious background. Because of this, we have a reputation for being a very liberal school, as we are aware of the extreme diversity in our school.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Above Average but Room for Improvement – There are a ton of options. However these cafeterias aren't open everyday, and when they are, the food can get quite repetitive. What I love about the food is that there are a ton of vegan options. It's so easy to become a vegetarian. I love the salad bar and the vegetarian late night restaurant, the Ivy Room. Their falafels are great!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sport Is Average, but There's Still a Community – Sports at Brown are not huge at all, but are nonetheless attended. Men's football and soccer, and women's rugby, are probably the most followed sports on campus. These include intramural, club, and varsity sports. To be honest, I don't know much about athletics at Brown, yet I know many things about the school. This alone should be a testament to Brown's underrated athletics.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's Ok. It's definitely majority white students, but there are a lot of foreign students (since Brown doesn't have an English requirement) and a lot of Asians.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy Peasy – It was definitely easy. Brown University already had a required essay about why you want to choose whatever major you're in. It doesn't affect the major you have to choose once you're actually in the school. Everyone is free to choose any major they wish and there's no core so you can dive straight into the curriculum.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It Intern – Even though I'm a CS major, being an IT intern helped me learn about the hardware, instead of just the software.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Fun and Open – As a CS major, I still managed to have a social life and learn a lot of important things at the same time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Providence Is Still a City – Brown is generally a really safe place to be. The only times I'm really concerned about walking around by myself are when I'm coming home from those super late (1am/2am) library runs, and safe-walk has stopped for the night. (Safe-walk is a volunteer student group that will walk with you because of the whole safety in numbers thing.) Even so, there have been thefts of computers and stuff from students around night time, because as much as Brown seems to be its own little world, it's still a part of Providence as a whole. Recently, though, the campus police have been good at tracking down the people who have been stealing stuff. The campus police are also affectionately known as the "Bro-po" because they are generally good about campus parties and drinking as long as it's not out of control.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Slavic Studies: Small, Friendly, and Encouraging – The Slavic department at Brown is really wonderful. You get a lot of individualized attention, and the professors are absolutely fantastic. Class sizes are generally 7-11 students for language study and 15-30 in seminars. The vast majority of my favorite professors are in the Slavic department, and it's definitely worth taking any class that professor Levitsky teaches, no matter what major you're pursuing. There's a student group in the Slavic department that organizes film screenings every semester, and a panel of Slavic alums that come back and talk about their experiences every spring.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: The New Curriculum Is Boss – When I came to Brown as a biochem major, I never would have imagined that I'd end up in Slavic Studies, but that's part of the beauty of Brown; the new curriculum fosters academic exploration, and I have really gotten to learn more about myself over the last two years. The fact that Brown doesn't have gen-eds creates a very flexible atmosphere for students, such that we can take a variety of classes that are interesting and fun while we're pursuing our majors. One of my friends (majoring in Lit Arts and Psych) took a class on Zombies in pop culture this semester, while I (Slavic Major) have been able to dabble in psychology/sociology and Middle Eastern studies. Brown is like a candy shop for the intellectually curious.

31 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer St. and Food Trucks – Providence is known for having more restaurants per capita than almost every other city in the United States. The main place students get food from out is definitely Thayer St. because it's close and relatively inexpensive (about $7-10 a meal, depending on where you go). Recently, students have been super excited about the food trucks that have started to park on Thayer, which offer a variety of foods from Korean (Mama Kims) to French (Plouf Plouf) to American (Rocket Truck and the Grilled Cheeze truck). If one feels adventurous, there's always Federal Hill for fantastic (yet expensive) Italian food, and famous Olneyville hot-weiners (and amazing grilled cheese for vegetarians).

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Brown is the embodiment of a liberal-arts college. Students have the freedom to choose their own classes and design their own path in the many number of concentrations (Majors). Students can also to choose their grades to be pass/fail, which means you don't have to deal with the hassle of regular A,B,C form of grading. The professors are either pioneers, innovators, or leading researchers in their field of study. The work load can be tough but it is well-worth it, and if handled correctly, a student can enjoy from the vibrant campus life.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Providence Is Not That Small but Not That Big – Providence is a medium size city where with a simple bus ride you are in the center of town. There are many restaurants, bars, and night clubs for everyone to enjoy. There are numerous schools within the area including: Providence College, URI, and Johnson & Wales.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Brown did offer me financial aid but it was very little. My household is in the middle of their requirements for financial aid. We are neither rich nor poor, and they fail to recognize the fact that though my parents do make a decent living, it is still not enough to pay for tuition.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer Street Is Great – Thayer street has TONS of different food and all of it is really cheap.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Good Very Close, Providence Not So Much – Right next to Brown is a street called Thayer St. It has tons of really good cheap restaurants and stores. It has basically everything you need. Providence the actual city can be sketchy at times and doesn't really have that much to do...

4 College Freshman

Technology: Lots of computers and printers but definitely better to have your own individual computer and printer - SO much more convenient.

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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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