College Senior 2011-07-14T18:08:09Z
Sigma What? 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.
College Senior 2011-07-14T08:39:17Z
Some Are Better Than Others – Brown University is very old so there are some old buildings and some very new buildings. The new facilities are fabulous! Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they are designed with students in mind. The gyms are nice...once again some bigger and better than others. The student center is pretty breath-taking with a contemporary architecture style that overlooks the Main Green. The Main Green is a huge grassy area canopied with large luscious trees and surrounded by beautiful antiquated buildings/lecture halls. This is where you'll find a lot of student life groups handing out flyers, etc.
College Senior 2011-07-10T00:27:33Z
Providence Is Pleasant – Providence is a nice city with quite a lot going on for such a small city. Malls and restaurants are just a quick public transportation ride away, and on Brown's actual campus there's a lot of little shops and restaurants on Thayer St. Whether on campus or not, there generally something going on for you to do.
College Senior 2011-07-10T00:20:40Z
No one really pays much attention to sports at Brown, as it is with most ivy league universities. There's always the occasional basketball or football game that many people will attend out of the year, but overall sports are not of much significance expect to athletes.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-06T22:40:29Z
Having a Car Is Inconvenient - Luckily You Can Walk Almost Everywhere – It's really tricky having a car in Providence, due to the parking bans, and renting a parking spot is expensive. However, there's rarely anywhere you'd need a car to go to, you have free use of RIPTA (Rhode Island public transportation) with your Brown ID, and you can always catch the commuter rail or a bus to Boston or New York.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-06T22:37:28Z
Guys & Girls:
Attractive, If That's What You're Into – There are definitely some very attractive and stylish individuals at Brown, from a wide-ranging, diverse background of generally very open-minded people, so you're sure to find someone to your liking! It's hard to categorize the general aesthetic, but there are a lot of "hipsters". If you want a relationship, you can find one, but if you're looking to just hook up, you can find that, too.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-06T22:34:43Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – Unless you're being stupid (ie going out alone at 2 am in a bad neighborhood off campus), you're totally safe. Brown Public Safety officers are super friendly, and there's the SafeWalk option at night (a fellow student will walk with you from Point A to B). I've never in any way felt unsafe on campus.
College Senior 2011-07-02T21:56:53Z
You Get What You Deserve – The financial aid process at Brown University is very smooth. They inform you what requirements you have to fulfill, the deadlines, and the workflow of documents you've submitted. The financial aid office is always available to contact via e-mail, phone, and by person, and they will make time to meet with you to adjust your financial aid to your needs. Their response to e-mails are very fast and detailed. You can also contest/appeal for more financial aid, and the school will adjust your aid to your advantage.
College Senior 2011-07-02T21:51:11Z
The Expected College Life at Its Finest – The dorms at Brown University aren't the best, but they are exactly what I expected from a college life: an average dorm. What matters more is the people who live there, not the dorm you live in.
College Senior 2011-07-02T21:49:55Z
There Is Always Help – I'm studying mechanical engineering at Brown University under its School of Engineering, and the professors in the division are all readily available in terms of office hours. Their response to e-mails are very quick, detailed, and helpful. Professors also make time to meet with you if you ever need help. The same applies to TAs as well. Academics aren't the only things they help with; they also help you solidify your career via a wide network of connections.
College Senior 2011-07-01T21:47:03Z
Freedom at Its Best – Brown has a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when it comes to students' social lives. For the most part, the university lets students be; the only exceptions are in instances of flagrantly illegal/ dangerous behavior. It's just the right balance between taking care of students and letting students have fun.
College Senior 2011-07-01T21:41:42Z
Grody at Best – Though there are a few exceptions, most of Brown's dorms haven't been properly updated in the last three decades. They're functional, but you gotta work to make them homey and comfortable.
College Senior 2011-07-01T21:40:30Z
Fantastic Open Curriculum – Brown's academic strength lies in its flexibility. Though some of the required courses for your major may be "ehh", there are always plenty of fantastic electives available for students - and they run the gamut from Egyptian hieroglyphics to analysis of C.S. Lewis's novels. The sky's the limit.
College Senior 2011-06-30T15:36:25Z
Ivy League – It's the Ivy League. We're not super into sports. But the atheletes here love their time.
College Senior 2011-06-30T15:35:41Z
It's good. That said, I'm not picky and love the salad bar and grilled chicken options daily. But there are so many dining halls that you'll find your favorite.
College Senior 2011-06-30T15:32:03Z
You Live Here – You live on campus at Brown. Every class building is within walking distance. You don't need public transportation. To get to Boston/NYC, there's Amtrak and a bus service (cheaper).
College Senior 2011-06-30T15:28:26Z
If you're at Brown, having top-notch housing isn't your priority, since most of us here are pretty low-key, down-to-earth people who don't need expensive luxury dorms to enjoy college. You'll be enjoying life here so much that you'll hardly spend time in your dorm anyway. (If you do, you know you're at the wrong place.) That said, the dorms are spacious and have everything you need. The newer dorms, of course, are the nicest and most coveted. Also, most people live on campus all 4 years, which helps add a sense of community. This is not a commuter school.
College Senior 2011-06-30T15:25:51Z
Open Curriculum = What You Make of It – You can take anything you want at Brown. With its lack of distribution requirements, nothing holds you back. There is also the S/NC grading option, which means you can choose to take any course pass/fail if you choose. While most people take the majority of their courses for a grade, it is a comforting option.
Courses are generally small, excepting the intro lecture courses that are most popular. The Political Science Department has some fabulous professors that are really into what they do, and if you get to know them, you can open doors if politics is where you want to be.
College Senior 2011-06-23T10:31:00Z
Open Curriculum – Brown is truly unique in regards to the Ivy Leagues. We have no Gen-Eds and our student population is very relaxed in comparison to other preppy, conservative schools. Brown provides students with various advisers to guide us throughout our college experience and we don't have typical RA's; we have residential peer counselors, minority peer counselors, and woman peer counselors in the dorms that serve the role of a college RA. All in all, Brown is a place to not only get a quality education, but also have a good time with great people.
College Senior 2011-06-23T10:24:29Z
Not a Strong Presence – There are parties every month or so but greek life is not a big deal at Brown. No one really cares if you are in a frat or sorority; it's just another housing option.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-23T01:35:42Z
This is an old school and renovations and updates are occuring but there are still a lot of areas, especially dorms, that need work. However the libraries are decent, there is a new creative arts building and student center, a new athletic facility on the way, and the labs are in good condition. Other gyms need some serious attention
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-23T01:33:36Z
Usually Available – There are many places to access computers, at libraries as well as within departments. Availability decreases during finals and midterms. Printing is easy for all stations.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-23T01:31:51Z
One of the best in the country for undergraduates. Amazing professors, classes, and fellow students in a small supportive atmosphere.
College Senior 2011-06-21T18:31:31Z
Don't Do It – There are very few parking spots, besides the student lot. Streets are narrow, so inexperienced drivers beware.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-16T01:25:00Z
Egh Its There – 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
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