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Reviews 910 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Brunonians Are Lovely! People at Brown seem to be either single or in a long-term relationship. I'm not entirely sure how that happens. People at Brown are fantastic in general!!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options Near Campus – There are lost of apartments available to rent on or very near to campus which is great! They are pretty reasonably priced as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at the dining hall isn't that bad, but it's very bland! It gives you the chance to be creative with your food though. Brown University caters to Vegetarians, but if you're not one, it can sometimes be hard to find something really good to eat.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus Is Very Small – there is rarely a need for transportation besides walking

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: all the dorms are very spacious. and everyone on campus is amazing

4 College Freshman

Weather: All Seasons. In Providence, you get to see all the seasons. Fall is, to me, the most beautiful - so many warm colors and the climate is just's my favorite. Winter was a bit hard for me (coming from Texas) because THERE'S SO MUCH SNOW. But I got used to it. Just make sure you buy a good winter coat and nice boots and little accessories like scarves, gloves, hats, etc. and you'll be fine. Spring is gorgeous too. Everyone will be outdoors laying on the grass and taking advantage of the weather during springtime. And summer is HOT (but not quite as hot as Texas) and VERY humid (a lot more so than I'm used to). Oh yea, and it rains A LOT in Providence (regardless of the season). Like literally on average about 3 days a week. So invest in rainboots and a good raincoat and umbrella. Other than that, you'll be fine. I LOVE PROVIDENCE WEATHER!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Really – As far as I have seen, drugs aren't a big scene at Brown. What's more prevalent is alcohol and marijuana. People get drunk and high a lot. Drugged, not so much.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Most of the labs are found in the libraries. They do get crowded during crunch times like finals and midterms. However most people have laptops. It would be best to have one of your own to use when writing papers and whatnot. But if you don't have one, it's not a huge problem. The labs are nice, especially the one in the SciLi. You get $30 worth of printing credit for each year, and each page is only 10 cents so it's a pretty good deal. There are also copy machines and scanners. Scanner usage is free. There's a really nice Mac lab too.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What Makes My School Unique – Brown has the open curriculum, which gives many students the opportunity to try out new things. As a freshman, I took a musical theatre class pass/fail, which was something new to me. It was a great class, and I learned many interesting things about musical theatre.

The diversity on campus is also really unique. Compared to other campuses, I think Brown has a very different mix of students from different backgrounds.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – Many Brown students enjoy going to athletic events and games, but sports culture is not that big on campus. The athletes usually stick with other athletes. I personally haven't been to any sports related events yet at Brown.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are great events like WaterFire and really nice places like Providence Place Mall, but Providence's attractions are limited. It would be nice if there were more attractions on College Hill other than what's on Thayer Street.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student Independence and Rigor – Since Brown has an open curriculum, students have to have the independence and motivation to structure their own course of study. This is what sets Brown apart for all other colleges! The open curriculum is one of the main reasons students choose to come to Brown.
At the same time, a Brown education is rigorous no matter what path a student chooses. I think that is the mark of an astounding institution - student choice AND rigor!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I would have to say that Brown provides services to keep students safe but we are always encouraged to take personal safety measures (carry a whistle, walk in groups, etc.). We have SafeRide that travels all around campus to pick up students. We also have shuttle services students can call. In addition, there is SafeWalk (people walk students to necessary destinations) and emergency poles all around campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Brown has a multitude of resources at each library to assist students. The two main libraries are the Rockefeller Library and the Sciences Library. There are great study rooms (group and individual) and amazing resources (books and internet) to help students research for papers or projects.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in providence is always unpredictable, yet it usually gets very cold.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Thayer is the main street and there are a few bars/clubs during the weeknights and weekends. The greek life has a few major parties each semester, but isn't the main source of entertainment.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: AB Human Biology – Human Biology is a unique concentration because it is essentially half biological science and half humanities. It offers flexibility and is very interdisciplinary.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Brown varies. For those interested, there are places where you can find them and people who want to participate. For those who don't, it will never be hard to find events without drugs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greeks Aren't Huge – Greek life at Brown is not huge. Those who belong to the Greek life enjoy it and get to know each other and take advantage of the perks. For those who don't it is not a big deal, since it is a small deal, most social events do not revolve around it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Life at Brown Dorms is great. As many college dorms, there are big rooms, average rooms, and small rooms. The housing lottery for sophomores is a bit stressful, but everyone is guaranteed housing, and living on campus provides a great social atmosphere!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Arnt Everything – 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.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's sort of expensive, but it's close to the campus, there is laundry, it's safe, and neat.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Brown is not a huge party school, nor is it a drive-you-into-the-ground academic school. It's a place designed for people who care about intellect and social justice.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Decent, Shuttles Are Minimal – We technically have campus shuttles at night, but they run long, inconvenient circuits and most people don't bother using them. The free bus rides on RIPTA are nice, but the buses don't run very late.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Practically Nonexistant – There is essentially no parking. First and second year students can't even have cars, and most upper class students don't because even if you can get a place to park near your dorm/apartment, there's nowhere to park near class.

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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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