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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People-watching is so much fun...I'm so into so many of the guys and girls at this school. They're cool, confident, interesting, passionate, gorgeous and have hidden depths. Side note: I'm pretty sure niche is only letting me rank the guys--but that's so heteronormative (not to act out a Brown cliche)!

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Brown students are famously attractive. However, the strong hook up culture means that many people seem not to be looking for long-term relationships.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Definitely pretty girls and nice looking guys. There is a place called Jo's that serves chopped salads for dinner and most dorms have a gym/gym nearby, so it is easier than it is at many places to keep fit if you want to. I don't know as many girls who put on pounds at Brown compared to schools at home, so that definitely enhances attractiveness. Only complaint is again that there are so many more gay boys than girls, so dating is extremely competitive for girls. It is good for the straight guys (esp straight athletes/frat guys who are attractive), because there will always be a line of too many ladies, but definitely not optimal for us girls!

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone has unique personalities, looks, interests

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Hipsters and their imitators abound. You can pretty much wear anything you want.

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According to the rumors, the headshots Brown requires with every application are meant to ensure Brown’s reputation for having the most attractive Ivy League students. Whether or not you believe this rumor is entirely a matter of taste (and whether you consider “attractive Ivy League student” an oxymoron). In general, students tend to agree that the admissions office does a fabulous job choosing interesting and enjoyable classmates, but they are a little more critical when it comes to sharing anything more than intellectual curiosity with their peers. However, the truth of the matter is that the Brown student body is no more or less attractive than any other population of 20-year-old students; observers are just as likely to rave about the spectacular beauties lounging on the Main Green as they are to complain about the pale, four-eyed creatures that wander out of the library late at night.

The only real consensus is on the state of the dating scene: There isn’t one. Students chose between serial relationships, random hookups, or celibacy. While this is a common complaint on Friday nights, the system is probably perpetuated because it suits the busy Brown lifestyle.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Residential counselors and health services make contraceptives readily available to students.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Thayer Street, Max's, and Viva
  2. Wriston Quad
  3. The Main Green
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The 12th floor of the Sci-Li
  2. The Underground
  3. The GCB
  4. A freshmen lounge
  5. The Main Green
Social Scene
Brown students generally can be put into two groups: social butterflies and social caterpillars. It makes for a great dynamic. Just when you think you've exhausted your social sphere, you meet someone in a class who, it turns out, lived down the hall from you for two years but never left their room. That being said, freshmen housing units are the basis for future social interaction at Brown. In freshmen units, personalities spill into the hallways and start friendships that may last a lifetime. At Brown, a smile really is all it takes to meet people.
Hookups or Relationships?
Very few students seem to carry deep, long-term relationships, but a good number of them do exist. However, Brown is a school where hookups reign supreme. Most students would say they are simply too busy and too involved to pursue a committed relationship. Brown also seems to attract many freshmen with little or no relationship experience. It's impossible to say what combination of factors lead to the two most common sentiments about Brown students and dating: "there is no dating at Brown," and "we're just friends with benefits."
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Students spend most of their time on campus, so the back row of a lecture hall, a small study section, or an all-night study group are all great places to start relationships. The same goes for the libraries and caf├ęs on Thayer Street. The fact that few students leave campus on the weekends means that the students looking for a good time will be concentrated at one of the half-dozen big and easy to find parties on any given night.
Dress Code
The dressing tendencies at Brown tend to be all over the place. The majority of students dress like you would expect any other college students to dress. You will definitely see your share of designer clothing and hip style and fashion here. Particularly in the winter, fashion seems to give way to functionality, but even then, students manage to show off some personal flair. Conversely, a good number of students seem to just throw together whatever isn't in the laundry. Overall, there is a broad spectrum of dressing, so regardless of your own personal style, chances are you'll feel comfortable with how you dress.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 50% Passionate
  • 23% Non-judgemental
  • 12% Uniquely themselves
  • 8% Privileged
  • 4% Indifferent
  • 4% Open

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 33% Smile and be friendly with everybody
  • 29% Join clubs that interest you
  • 19% Just be yourself!
  • 16% Talk to people in your hall
  • 3% Be an ass

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 42% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 48% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 10% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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