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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many places to study around campus, including green spaces throughout, three different libraries, dorm lounges, and study spaces. there is always some kind of performance or activity available.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many facilities available to students. Some are more modern than others. The green areas are very aesthetically pleasing and relaxing. There are clubs for basically anything you can think of. Events occur on a daily basis and we get notifications for them. Almost every and any facility is available to students. The only negative part is that some are out of date.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Being a student at Brown is great. It certainly is hard work, but there are also so many events--performing arts, athletic, and social--that balance out academics.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Science Library (Sci Li) Freidman Study Center stays open 24 hours 5 days a week all semester long and the main libraries are 24 hours during finals period.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: I love how we are able to immediately start taking classes related to our major and topics we enjoy without needing to take a basic core set of classes. I also like how we are able to take classes pass/fail, this allows us to take classes in topics that may be very different and far from our majors without the added stress of trying to maintain a high GPA in that course.

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Brown’s facilities reflect Brown student’s needs—the average Brown student would tell you they spend much more time in the library than at the gym. Therefore, it makes sense that the libraries and computer centers are constantly renovated and updated, while other facilities may receive less attention. That being said, Brown is not completely lacking any facilities, but it is easy to see which interests are given priority.

Compared to other Ivies, Brown’s facilities are modest and reflect a certain degree of frugality. A quick look at the campus will not necessarily showcase the hidden, but first-rate, costume shop, wood and metal working studio, or the special libraries. Most students have everything they need, though it may take them a little time to find it.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
140 acres
Student Centers
Faunce House
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Art Slide Library
  • John Hay Library (Special Collections)
  • Orwig Music Library
  • Rockefeller Library (The Rock)
  • Sciences Library (SciLi)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Common areas
  • Dorms
  • Social events
Bar on Campus
  • Faunce House
  • The Graduate Center Bar
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • A small coffee and snack shop in the lobby of the Rockefeller Library
  • Coffeeshop in Brown Bookstore
  • The Upper Blue Room in Faunce House
Movie Theater on Campus
The Brown Film Society has movie marathons in the evenings and on the weekend in Carmichael Auditorium.
School Slang
  • BDH: The Brown Daily Herald, Brown's daily paper.
  • BUPD: Brown University Police Department, including everything from police reports to parking issues.
  • CAP: Curricular Advising Program, all first-years enter a CAP course as a way to gain exposure to academic advising at the University.
  • CIS: Computer and Information Services, provides e-mail, voicemail, and more.
  • CIT: Center for Information Technology, a landmark for directions at the center of campus and one of Brown's main computer clusters.
  • The Corporation: The Brown Corporation, which owns the school and runs many of its higher level functions
  • DOC: A dean of the college.
  • EMS: Emergency Medical Services, provides support for any medical emergency.
  • The Gate: Pembroke on-campus restaurant that accepts meal credit.
  • GISP: Group Independent Study Project, student-created group class.
  • ISP: Independent Study Project, student-created independent class.
  • Jo's: Nickname for Josiah's restaurant on campus.
  • Josiah Carberry: Mythical professor of psychoceramics.
  • LASO: Latin American Student Organization.
  • Meiklejohns: First-year peer academic councelors.
  • MPC: Minority Peer Councilors, one of three support counselors in first-year dorms.
  • OMAC: The main sports facility on campus.
  • OUAP: Organization of United African Peoples, umbrella organization that addresses concerns of students.
  • PLME: Program in Liberal Medical Education.
  • R/ASC: Resource/Academic Support Center.
  • Randall Counselors: Academic advisors for sophomores.
  • Ratty: The Sharpe Refractory, the main dining hall.
  • RC: Residential Councelor, one of three counselors in freshmen dorms.
  • The Rock: Rockefeller Library
  • RP: Residence Programmers, upperclassmen dorm programmers.
  • SAAB: Student Athletic Advisory Board.
  • SciLi: The Sciences Library.
  • SDS: Students for a Democratic Society
  • TNT: The Next Thing, a support group for the LGBTA.
  • TWC & TWTP: Third World Center and Third World Transition Program.
  • UDC: University Disciplinary Council.
  • UFS: University Food Services, handles meal plan issues.
  • UTRA: Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantships, a research grant offered to students.
  • V-Dub: The Verney-Woolley dining hall.
  • WiSE: Women in Science and Engineering program.
  • WPC: Women Peer Counselors, one of three councelors in freshmen dorms.
  • The "Inverted Sock" Graduation Loop: Famed among University graduation processionals, the "Inverted Sock" walk down College Hill for commencement is a brilliant scheme that allows alumni, professors, and the graduating class to pass each other twice in the mile-long walk to the First Baptist Church of Providence, where the graduation ceremony occurs.
  • ADOCH (A Day on College Hill): All admitted students are invited to participate in ADOCH, a two-day event in April where pre-frosh from all over the world come to check out the University and meet for the first time. While it's not required, it's the first chance for many students to meet their fellow classmates for the coming year. It's also when a lot of potential students decide to come to Brown.
  • Campus Dance : During graduation, the campus dance is a centerpiece event where graduating seniors, alumni, families, professors, and underclassmen all come together to waltz and drink on the paper-lantern lit Main Green in front of a live band.
  • The Freshman Ice Cream Social: The ice cream social on the terrace of Andrews Dorm during the first week of freshman year is a great chance for people to come out of their dorm rooms and meet other first-years.
  • The Gala: The spring Gala is a campus-wide event where students don their fancy rented tuxedos and escort their date to an evening of dancing in a ballroom downtown. Students rent limos or buses, dine in Providence's fanciest restaurants, and dance and party at one of Brown's biggest campus-wide student events. If you missed prom in high school, it's a great second chance.
  • Senior Week: The week before graduation is the last chance for seniors to celebrate before leaving the University. Underclassmen are invited to stick around in certain dorms while they work or party at the events. The week includes the campus dance, commencement ceremonies, special nights at clubs and bars, and some of the wildest parties of the year.
  • Spring Weekend: Usually timed to coincide with the burst of green that happens in late April, spring weekend promises a few solid rock or hip-hop shows, frat boys on couches at the greens, and people wearing smiles, shorts, and bikinis. It's a chance to cut loose before final exams.
  • The Van Winkle Gate: Every student walks through the main gates of the University exactly twice in their undergraduate career. The first week of freshman year, the gates are swung inwards toward University Hall, inviting new University members to enter the Brown campus. Years later, upon graduating, the gates are opened out, ushering the grads back into the world and ceremoniously ending their time at Brown.
Urban Legends
  • If a student walks through the Van Wickle gates after entering the school but before graduating, he/she will not graduate.
  • If guys step on the Pembroke seal, they will never graduate. If girls step on it, they will become pregnant.
  • Josiah Carberry is the fabled professor of psychoceramics (cracked pots) at the University. Many things around campus, such as Josiah's café and the Brown online library catalog are named after him.
  • There are several secret societies at Brown.
  • There is a book bound in human leather in the John Hay Special Collections Library.
Favorite Things To Do
The diversity of interests in the student body and the vast number of options available to students means that you'll probably end up with a regular list of activities that you enjoy doing. The specifics will differ from person to person, but every student seems to keep busy somehow. Unless you make an effort to do so, don't worry about a lack of things to do. While at Brown, you will probably never find yourself idle with nothing to do. There are a great number of student organizations for a wide multitude of interests. You will most likely find at least a few that interest you, and if not, you can form your own.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 27 responses

  • 29% Spring Weekend
  • 18% It's brown, we don't have traditions
  • 16% The Van Winkle Gate
  • 10% ADOCH (A Day on College Hill)
  • 8% Senior Week
  • 8% Campus Dance
  • 4% The Gala
  • 4% Fratty at the ratty
  • 2% The Freshman Ice Cream Social
  • 0% The "Inverted Sock" Graduation Loop

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 20% Chill with friends on Brown's amazing campus
  • 17% Exploring Thayer Street
  • 14% Dorm Parties
  • 13% Just walk around listening to music
  • 10% Eat at Jo's
  • 8% Cards Against Humanity
  • 7% Go to concerts
  • 7% Use Nelson Fitness Center
  • 4% Go clubbing

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 59% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 30% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 4% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 51 responses

  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 41% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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