Recent Alumnus 2011-01-12T18:05:44Z
Health & Safety:
Moderately Safe – I rarely feel unsafe, but the frequency of theft and crime in and around campus can be alarming, especially late at night.
College Senior 2010-12-14T06:32:05Z
Top-Notch Sailing Team - Bravo! Brown University has a fantastic sailing team - consistently among the top ten in the country for both coed and womens, despite it's 'club varsity' status
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-30T20:31:10Z
I Like It. I am a big fan of the food on campus, however, my parents were not the best cooks. My favorite things are the fact that you can make your own panini if you're not diggin the meal of the night and the Blue Room, which has (pricey) food from a great local bakery and Indian restaurant.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-30T20:27:27Z
Love Prov. As someone who was originally skeptical of this city I can definitely say there is much more than meets the eye. The diversity of Providence's residents and community issues make it a great place to enjoy, learn from, and affect. I highly recommend participating in the UCAAP pre-orientation program if you are interested in getting involved in community work as a freshman (you also get aligned with great advisors through this program). As far as musical entertainment goes Providence is okay. The venues are quality and the acts that come through are relatively diverse, however, Boston is not too far away and, as a bigger city, has a greater selection of things to do.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T14:15:50Z
Freezing rain and high speed winds really keeps students indoors and makes me not want to go ANYWHERE beyond my dorm. The few weeks of nice weather in September and April/May are definitely not enough to cover for the crappy cold rain and wind October to March.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T14:14:35Z
Exists, but Not Huge – There are several frats, but they're a pretty small part of campus life.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-17T14:12:51Z
Slightly Above Average – Most places on Thayer St (middle of campus) are slightly costly and provide average food, but are very convenient and significantly better than the dining halls. I like Haruki's Express, Iron Wok, and Phonatic.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T19:07:14Z
Parking is terrible, except if you live off-campus a lot of houses come with parking spaces
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-10T19:06:21Z
Drinking Is More Popular – Drugs are definitely here, but not out in the open. People smoke pot, but even that isn't too blatant. Drinking is very prevalent, but you need to seek out drugs to be able to do them.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T13:30:40Z
House Parties Are the Thing – Overall, there is lots to do both on & off campus, from shows to movies to bars to parties. But, most students tend to attend house/dorm parties, where they can walk back to their room later.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T13:27:01Z
Housing Options Are OK, but Parking ... Not So Much – There is ample off-campus housing, both immediately surrounding the campus and within short distances from the campus. Parking on and around the Brown University campus is a NIGHTMARE, so most students do not bring cars to school. So, you tend to see students opt for housing that immediately surrounds the campus so they can still walk or ride bikes to class, etc Of course, the demand on housing surrounding the campus tends to bring rental costs up, so it is not uncommon to have multiple students sharing a place.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T13:10:31Z
Plenty of Computer Labs Available Throughout Campus – Computer labs are plentiful throughout the campus, with little to no problems accessing one if needed. Of course, the majority of students have their own computer so I'm sure this helps to minimize the availability problem
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T20:01:31Z
Two Words: Open Curricular! I absolutely love the open curricular. I am free to take any class I would like!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T19:57:11Z
No One Cares – Brown is not known for our sports - therefore no one really cares. Don't get me wrong, some of our teams are nationally ranked, so we do have good sports.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T19:53:25Z
Health & Safety:
I feel pretty safe walking around Brown. The only people who get mugged are people walking around by themselves after midnight. Brown does not care if you smoke pot or drink.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T13:09:20Z
It's Your Call – Providence is a pretty good-sized city. And most things are close to campus. It's just a short bus ride or a 15-minute walk to the mall (with a multiplex), great restaurants, and pretty much whatever else you want. The train station is also close, and it's only an hour or so to Boston.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T13:05:24Z
It's About the Process, Not the Result – Brown's very free about the academics. It gives students the option to take any class pass/fail. There are no general education requirements (just requirements within your major, and even then, you usually have a list of possible options that fulfill a requirement, as opposed to a single specific class). This allows students to take what they are interested in taking. Although there are a few majors, like engineering and computer science, that have a lot of in-major requirements, majors like these are few and far between. Normally, Comparative Literature students are free to take Blues, Macroeconomics, and Religious and Secular Approaches to Globalization (in the Judaic Studies Department) in a single year if they chose. Also, I feel there is definitely some grade inflation, so A's are pretty easy to come by. It's definitely about the process of learning, not the end grade.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-12T17:30:25Z
Not huge, but it definitely exists – The drug scene at Brown is really whatever you make it to be. If you are interested in drugs, then it is relatively easy to find them and others who feel the same way. Likewise, if it's something you want to avoid, then it's easy to do this too.
Alcohol is big here, like at any college. There's usually enough stuff going on around campus during the weekend to easily find events without alcohol, though.
I haven't been to any other colleges to compare, but I would say that the pot scene here is bigger than at most colleges. Most people just smoke in their rooms, so it's easy to avoid it if you want to.
Acid and mushrooms are not common overall, but they are pretty popular among the stoners and hardcore potheads. If you don't hang out with these people, then you're probably never going to see these drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-12T17:24:45Z
Not Strict – Brown is not strict whatsoever.
There is plenty of underage drinking and people are very rarely busted for it. On weekends, most of the parties are at the frat houses on Wriston Quad, and there is plenty of visible underage drinking, but you are unlikely to get in trouble for this.
The campus is also not strict about pot at all. However, if you do this outside, then you are more likely to get caught. Most people just smoke in their rooms, and the chances of getting caught for this are practically zero.
Also, unlike many other schools, the RA's here do not write up students or take away alcohol. They are there to give students advice and help students make good decisions. Overall, the school seems to be more interested in helping students make the right decisions rather than getting students in trouble.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T20:59:53Z
Could Be Better – There is diversity when it comes to student's backgrounds but not a big diversity on economic backgrounds or personalities. Not a big sexual orientation diversity either but very accepting of none heterosexuals.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T20:57:12Z
Dorms Are Better Than Expected – Brown dorms are a lot bigger than other schools i previously visited. Everyone definitely has a shot at a good dorm building not just upperclassmen. Housing Lottery is hectic and chaotic so a new system should be put in place so that students are less stressed out about the process. Locations are even except fr Perkins and Young Orchard which are both far from everything on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T20:52:31Z
Could Be Better – The food is not the best but it serves it purpose. The menus are repetitive so students need to get creative if they want to enjoy something different. Food around campus is good but also gets tiring since there are a limited number of businesses available. In addition the school should have some type of collaboration with the businesses surrounding so that students could use their flex-points and meals outside of brown because meals and points often go to waste.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-15T00:26:19Z
I Love School – Brown is the best college ever. Obviously you need to balance your academics with extracurricular activities and your social life. At the end of the day, it is highly important to remember that the reason to be at college is to get a degree. My favorite experience probably was freshman orientation. There was so much going on, and everyone was so helpful and friendly. My school is unique because it allows your to be yourself, and doesn't penalize you for legal displays of your personal character. If I had the choice all over again, I would choose Brown for every time asked.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-15T00:22:19Z
Guys & Girls:
A Beautiful Rainbow – The typical student looks very comfortable. Everyone has their own distinct style, so there isn't an overwhelming need to fit in. The social life is always vibrant, there is always something going on. Interests vary, depending on lifestyles, gender, and where people are from. The relationships in the academic environment are respectful and always a learning experience.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-15T00:18:51Z
Sometimes Better Than Others – The buildings aesthetically are wonderful, though the insides are not always the best, but they're definitely workable. The athletic center is really nice, and the libraries are too. Campus activities are lively and fun.
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