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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.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

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

4 people found this useful Report
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.

5 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Bring a Car. Parking is bad. Don't bring a car if at all possible. Only bring a car if you have your own place off-campus with a parking space, and that only happens your senior year (and very rarely as a junior). You really don't need a car anyway, generally speaking.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: It's a hippy school. Drugs and alcohol are abundant, enforcement is light, but still keeps people safe

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Location and Landlord – Competition is steep, you must look early. But if you are willing to go further away, very cheap and nice. Beautiful neighborhoods

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Open Curriculum – Very open academic atmosphere with similarly open students. Teachers are renowned in their fields, but not all are great teachers. Some teachers, however, are truly extraordinary

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Brown has been rated the Happiest College Campus in the world and I think that rating holds true. i couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. The people are friendly, the campus is beautiful, and everyone has a place at Brown.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: 4 Distinct Seasons – Summer is hot and humid. It's actually pretty gross because you're always sticky and wet and there's no AC in the dorms.
Fall is cool. The leaves change and the campus is truly beautiful in Fall. It's all about light pea coats and occasional rain boots in fall
Winter is cold. There's no way around it. The great thing about winter though is the fashion. You can be freezing in style. Don't forget snow boots because it gets really slippery
Spring is the most beautiful season. It starts a little late and there's still rain but the flowers really accent the campus antiquity.
And i love love love every season!

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Sigma What? Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate at Brown. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. It's nice because you can go to frat parties, which can be fun, but it's not a status thing.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some Are Better Than Others – Brown University is very old so there are some old buildings and some very new buildings. The new facilities are fabulous! Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they are designed with students in mind. The gyms are nice...once again some bigger and better than others. The student center is pretty breath-taking with a contemporary architecture style that overlooks the Main Green. The Main Green is a huge grassy area canopied with large luscious trees and surrounded by beautiful antiquated buildings/lecture halls. This is where you'll find a lot of student life groups handing out flyers, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Providence Is Pleasant – Providence is a nice city with quite a lot going on for such a small city. Malls and restaurants are just a quick public transportation ride away, and on Brown's actual campus there's a lot of little shops and restaurants on Thayer St. Whether on campus or not, there generally something going on for you to do.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one really pays much attention to sports at Brown, as it is with most ivy league universities. There's always the occasional basketball or football game that many people will attend out of the year, but overall sports are not of much significance expect to athletes.

6 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Having a Car Is Inconvenient - Luckily You Can Walk Almost Everywhere – It's really tricky having a car in Providence, due to the parking bans, and renting a parking spot is expensive. However, there's rarely anywhere you'd need a car to go to, you have free use of RIPTA (Rhode Island public transportation) with your Brown ID, and you can always catch the commuter rail or a bus to Boston or New York.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Attractive, If That's What You're Into – There are definitely some very attractive and stylish individuals at Brown, from a wide-ranging, diverse background of generally very open-minded people, so you're sure to find someone to your liking! It's hard to categorize the general aesthetic, but there are a lot of "hipsters". If you want a relationship, you can find one, but if you're looking to just hook up, you can find that, too.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Unless you're being stupid (ie going out alone at 2 am in a bad neighborhood off campus), you're totally safe. Brown Public Safety officers are super friendly, and there's the SafeWalk option at night (a fellow student will walk with you from Point A to B). I've never in any way felt unsafe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You Get What You Deserve – The financial aid process at Brown University is very smooth. They inform you what requirements you have to fulfill, the deadlines, and the workflow of documents you've submitted. The financial aid office is always available to contact via e-mail, phone, and by person, and they will make time to meet with you to adjust your financial aid to your needs. Their response to e-mails are very fast and detailed. You can also contest/appeal for more financial aid, and the school will adjust your aid to your advantage.

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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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