Recent Alumnus 2011-10-20T13:50:09Z
Guys & Girls:
There's a type for everyone, and it's often difficult to even say if one student belongs to one particular type of student because people tend to take on multiple identities, which is good, because people are never as one dimensional as we think. Also, very hot boys and very pretty girls. Fashion varies across a wide spectrum, but majority of people don't wear sweatpants to class.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-20T13:48:15Z
There's a good mix of ethnicities here at Brown, and it's almost impossible to get by without knowing at least one international student. Brown students engage in race-related discourse very often, though this may not necessarily translate to real ethnic/racial understanding. It's more tolerance and talking about diversity rather than actual diversity.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-20T13:45:58Z
Network Somewhat Unreliable – Wifi connection is spotty around campus, though computers are always readily available. Printing is easy to set up and use, and we get $30 annually to print documents.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-25T16:26:07Z
Rainy Providence – Providence = lots of rain. Prepare for rain. But the fall and spring are absolutely beautiful, and the enduring the rain is a small price to pay to be at such a wonderful school!
College Junior 2011-08-22T02:05:04Z
You will never find a more intellectual, yet happy culture anywhere like Brown University. There is such great local places to visit. It's not boring at all. It's hard to find a bad thing about Brown.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-06T14:53:08Z
Free Mass Transit; Boston – Brown students are lucky to be provided with free bus and trolley access by using their student ID (a privilege not shared by the other local institutions). You can get most places that you'd need if you want to venture off campus, and Boston is only an hour away on a reasonably priced commuter rail.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-06T14:50:22Z
2 AM Curfew – The nightlife in Providence is very limited, partly because the city has a 2 AM curfew. There are 1-2 clubs students frequent, but other than that campus should always have something to offer.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-06T14:43:59Z
Guys & Girls:
Anything but Normal – You'd find yourself straining to come up with the picture of the average Brown student--that's most likely because there probably isn't one. Guys and girls can range from hipster rags and hair die, to your typical New England khaki-shorts and flip flops, to street slum, to something worthy of an award show. All in all the student body is fairly attractive, but that could be because we've ruled out all options from the nearby universities.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-01T18:47:01Z
Generally isn't an issue. Serious problems if you're put on medical or mental leave, however.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-01T18:45:49Z
I think about 11% of Brown is involved in fraternities or sororities. Fine by me.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-01T18:44:38Z
Not many here care about organized athletics. Which is fine with me.
College Senior 2011-08-01T00:30:05Z
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.
College Senior 2011-08-01T00:18:31Z
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.
College Senior 2011-07-21T17:24:07Z
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.
College Senior 2011-07-21T17:21:13Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T14:53:49Z
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!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T14:39:28Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T14:25:22Z
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.
College Senior 2011-07-17T21:57:02Z
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.
College Senior 2011-07-17T21:52:59Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T23:23:28Z
It's a hippy school. Drugs and alcohol are abundant, enforcement is light, but still keeps people safe
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T23:19:43Z
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
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-15T23:18:06Z
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
College Senior 2011-07-14T18:19:16Z
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.
College Senior 2011-07-14T18:15:52Z
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!
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