College Junior 2012-05-31T21:35:34Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-31T21:30:27Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-31T21:23:55Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-24T04:25:06Z
Thayer Street Is Great – Thayer street has TONS of different food and all of it is really cheap.
College Junior 2012-05-24T04:18:24Z
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...
College Junior 2012-05-24T04:12:39Z
Lots of computers and printers but definitely better to have your own individual computer and printer - SO much more convenient.
College Junior 2012-05-24T03:08:02Z
Providence Is a Small City! Parking for students at Brown is pretty much a no-go. Having said that, you don't really need a car - try walking across the city!
College Senior 2012-05-08T02:53:41Z
Pretty Diverse – Someone once explained Brown diversity like this
>Like any university, Brown has to make money, so you see the population of students that are white and rich, whose parents contribute to the school and who are admitted because of the financial contributions they can make here. However, aside from that population of students, the students here are very diverse in ethnic background and mindset. Here you find interesting people who do interesting things and come from interesting places. In this sense, brown is one of the most diverse schools in its peer group.
College Senior 2012-05-08T02:47:30Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe – Brown is a pretty safe place, there is a lot of attention put towards ensuring people are safe and that people are acting in safe ways. The health services department is really accessible and very helpful. Incidents are reported to the entire campus but they are few and usually off campus. There is the occasional EMS call for students who drank too much, but overall this university is pretty safe
College Senior 2012-02-12T03:04:07Z
Guys & Girls:
Very Laid Back – Everything is acceptable at Brown. The social life is vibrant but doesn't revolve around Greek Life that much. There is a VERY large LGBTQ prescence and theres a lot about embracing your sexuality. People work hard but also are super laid back and not overly incredible.
College Senior 2012-02-12T03:00:18Z
Health & Safety:
I Feel Safe – Stuff happens off campus sometimes, but I haven't heard of anything happening on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-11T14:34:12Z
Health & Safety:
Lately Some Robberies – There has been an increase in robberies as of late. However, campus police are super informative and tell you everytime a purse snatcher is on the loose.
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-11T14:31:03Z
A lot of the best food in providence is tucked away in an alley, behind another building where you'd least expect it. Also, don't underestimate dining on the west side.
College Junior 2012-01-31T13:21:38Z
Pleasant Walking – The first few weeks of Brown, some kids tend to lose weight due to all the walking. There is literally no way to bring your car to Brown freshman year, and it's extremely difficult after that. There is little to no parking, but everything is within walking distance.
As Brown students, we get free access to RIPTA in case we want to go to the Providence Place Mall or even take a journey to Pawtucket to try out a restaurant or a similar scenario.
Coming from an area in which a car is a necessity, I find the increase in walking relaxing. Very rarely do I miss my car and not enough to deal with the hassle of buying gas and maintaing it, as I have to do back home.
College Junior 2012-01-31T13:19:05Z
Not Strict – Brown is laid-back. You only get in trouble if you really do something deserving of it (i.e. smoking in front of a hallway fire alarm).
College Junior 2012-01-31T13:17:45Z
First Time Partiers but Nothing Serious – The first few weeks of freshman year, kids tend to drink and smoke in huge amounts. Most go out Friday and Saturday, but you will hear talk about going out on Wednesday (I think the actual number of people who go out on Wednesday is disproportionate to the talking about it). Athletes will party on different days, depending on their schedules. Sometimes birthday parties will occur mid-week. People drink and smoke weed. Due to it's liberal, stereotypically "hippie" feel, Brown sees a lot more hallucinogenics--tabs, mushrooms, etc.--than "hard" drugs (at least in my experience). There is also some E, and I'm sure some coke. All in all, the drug use is primarily just weed and alcohol. If you are opposed to marijuana or alcohol consumption, you might have a problem at Brown. Otherwise, the other drugs will appear so infrequently if you don't seek them out--in fact, you probably won't see them at all--that I wouldn't worry about it. These are smart kids, and though they do dumb things, they care about the state of their brains.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-02T20:25:25Z
Prepare to Get a Ticket! Parking is awful at brown! No matter how cautious you are, you will get a ticket! Overnight parking is a pain because you have to call in the make you they do not ticket you. Parking permits are too expensive! You do not really need a car on campus because parking is too much of a hassle. It is MUCH EASIER to get a Zipcar membership and use that when necessary.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-02T20:19:27Z
Brown is very diverse! I enjoy the variety of different cultural and ethic groups that are on campus. This makes the campus extremely vibrant. The campus and its people are very excepting of everyone's differences. This is what makes our school so special and great! While, it is diverse, it can still improve on being ethnically and economically diverse a bit more. Being that it is an ivy, there are more wealthy white students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-02T20:14:13Z
Great but Still Room for Improvement – The facilities at Brown is pretty good. The libraries have been recently renovated so there are more study spaces available. However, I wish we had more access to some libraries that are often closed for a majority of the day. I really loved that the basement of the Science Library (Freidman Center) was open 24 hrs! The student center recently got a big renovation! Prior to that, we actually did not have a proper student center. Now, I really enjoy this communal space. The campus is very pretty in the spring and summer. The main green is always a great place to hang out, people watch and enjoy the outdoors!
College Senior 2011-12-29T02:57:00Z
Life Is What You Make It – Brown's party scene is what you make of it. It's likely that if you come to Brown during your freshman year you will go to the periodic frat/club-sponsored parties, as time progresses I notice that people party mostly with their own circle of friends. In addition, people start getting off the hill more and checking out Downtown Providence's night club scene. For those who aren't into partying in the typical way, Brown provides a number of other outlets for entertainment and leisure.
College Senior 2011-12-29T02:47:00Z
Considering the fact that Brown was started in 1764, I tend to be more lenient about how critical I am about Brown's facilities. This is due to the fact that as an older school most of the architecture and facilities have been around for a while and contribute a lot to the campus' history. Nevertheless so of Brown's facilities could use some upgraded, mostly the dorms. The classrooms, buildings, and other facilities in general are well kept.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-22T00:48:31Z
Full Ride Baby – Brown only gives need-based financial aid. There are no merit-based or athletic scholarships. They also have a commitment to help everyone graduate without debt. This is a very special feature. I would be spending more money going to my state school, than to go to this Ivy League one.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-22T00:38:19Z
Nice City, but We Live in the College Bubble – Brown is on "College Hill," which is actually almost in the middle of the city. For the most part, students stay on campus, but there is easy access to any thing else that the city has to offer. Water fire is something that Providence is known for. (Look it up.) Other than that, the mall is pretty close, there are lots of good restaurants around, and students tend to enjoy the little parts of the city that interest them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-21T20:27:04Z
Providence Has Major Mood Swings – It can be pouring rain and windy one day and beautiful, warm, and sunny the next. The first month or two of the fall semester and the last couple months of the spring semester are beautiful, sunny, and warm in general. In between, it swings around a lot, but the coldest it gets is in the 30s. If it snows, it often rains soon there after which really sucks. Occasionally, in February and January the snow lasts a little longer, which, if it's going to snow, is better than slush.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-21T20:24:07Z
Great, Mature Parties and Gatherings by Chill Upperclassmen – The best parties I have attended have been in my junior year. Some of the immature craziness has passed and students are able to enjoy each other's company with good music, wine or good beer, good food, good conversation, and sometimes fun dancing too.
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