Recent Alumnus 2010-05-24T02:08:48Z
Life at Brown Dorms is great. As many college dorms, there are big rooms, average rooms, and small rooms. The housing lottery for sophomores is a bit stressful, but everyone is guaranteed housing, and living on campus provides a great social atmosphere!
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-01T18:55:30Z
Greeks Arnt Everything – 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.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-28T14:55:13Z
It's sort of expensive, but it's close to the campus, there is laundry, it's safe, and neat.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-13T02:13:13Z
Brown is not a huge party school, nor is it a drive-you-into-the-ground academic school. It's a place designed for people who care about intellect and social justice.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-13T02:12:11Z
Buses Are Decent, Shuttles Are Minimal – We technically have campus shuttles at night, but they run long, inconvenient circuits and most people don't bother using them. The free bus rides on RIPTA are nice, but the buses don't run very late.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-13T02:10:12Z
Practically Nonexistant – There is essentially no parking. First and second year students can't even have cars, and most upper class students don't because even if you can get a place to park near your dorm/apartment, there's nowhere to park near class.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-10T20:44:32Z
A Very Diverse School! Brown is an amazingly diverse campus! There are students from all over the world here, and there are many international students, which adds an interesting perspective to the university.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-10T20:42:23Z
The Campus as a Whole Is Beautiful – Brown has a gorgeous campus that has a nice mix of open green spaces and big shopping streets. The campus buildings are a variety of architectural styles but come together nicely. While the dorms are not very new, they tend to be spacious.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T21:44:10Z
You'll do everything for your resume, even if you're SURE you're not that kind of kid. Trust me, you become that kid. Just be prepared for that. Meanwhile, we're meant to be "laid back," so we have to pretend not to be competitive. Everyone seems to think classes come second to extracurriculars. And everyone is trying to everything to live up to the Brown "interesting people" reputation, with the result that no one can commit to anything because we're all doing everything. At the end of the day, we don't know how to talk to each other about the things we care about. And Providence is SO dull.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T21:34:46Z
Prepare for Confusion and Soul-Searching – You can do whatever you want with the curriculum, but I'm not sure core requirements would be such a bad thing. I feel like I've not always had the kind of advising you need to get through a system that allows you to literally do anything. Brown has definitely shaken up my beliefs in what I want and who I am -- I just hope I get something back for it by the end. Another WEIRD thing I never would have thought I'd find bothersome, but do: you can take almost any class as a freshman. So you're looking around going "There are seniors here! If I'm getting an A, what am I working towards here?"
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-02T16:56:12Z
It Is Such a Prestigious College That You Wouldn't Wanna Miss It. Rhode Island is not much known for it's big city adventures but the university is located at the perfect place for students who want to study and the university itself offers so much more. It is the perfect environment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-21T04:00:28Z
Health & Safety:
Safe School-Too Many Thieves – I think my school security is good. When there is fights and/or riots they are broken up quickly. I feel safe enough at school but do not ever leave anything valuable around because it will get taken.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-11T21:51:36Z
I Wish We Had More Team Spirit – I'm not an athlete, but I do like to go to certain sports games. Sometimes I find myself wishing the I went to a school that supported their teams more. Also, the satellite athletic facilities could use more machines.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-11T21:44:49Z
Pretty Repetitive – I'm only a freshman and I already feel like I have the Ratty's rotation memorized. The food is pretty good quality, but and if you're creative with the choices there's always something to eat.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-11T21:42:56Z
Good Wireless Access – Sometimes the wireless is slow, but it's available everywhere on campus, even the greens, which is great. The computer labs are never full and printing is fairly simple. I have a printer in my room, but I hardly ever use it because the library printers are faster and print double-sided.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-08T09:53:20Z
Guys & Girls:
Lots of Cliques – The guys and girls at Brown tend to be quite cliquey; the pre-meds, artsy types, rich kids, and jocks tend not to intermix. The group that sticks out the most, though, is the athletes. Not only do they have an entirely different physique and level of physical attractiveness than all of the other students (partially due to the lower academic standard in the recruitment process), but they tend to adopt a "party" lifestyle, and tend to be markedly more politically conservative than the uber-liberals at Brown.
Recent Alumnus 2009-05-10T13:59:27Z
There are people at Brown from all around the world and from all different walks of life, but you might not realize it unless you make an honest effort to get to know people outside your easy social circle. Once you do, however, you end up meeting some pretty awesome people!
Recent Alumnus 2009-05-10T13:56:20Z
Recent Alumnus 2009-05-10T13:55:03Z
I love Brown. I think that its strongest point is that every student really is an extraordinary person in some way. The admissions people really do an amazing job picking people who are interesting, smart, and fun, so I find myself learning as much from my fellow students as I do from my classes and professors.
Recent Alumnus 2009-04-28T12:15:59Z
Guys & Girls:
If you're not the type who can say, "I like her for her personality, not her looks," and mean it, don't go to Brown.
Recent Alumnus 2009-04-28T12:13:52Z
You have to try pretty hard to get in trouble here. The only dean's hearing I've gotten was for partying on the roof. We didn't get in trouble for the smoking and drinking, so much as being on the roof. Just use a little common sense, and you'll be fine.
Recent Alumnus 2009-04-28T12:11:38Z
Brown has a lot of engineered diversity. The joke is that if Brown were an ice cream flavor, it would be swirl: All of the colors, and none of them mixing. The school does nothing to discourage this, and maybe some things to encourage it. Moreover, the comment about economic diversity is RIGHT on.
Recent Alumnus 2009-04-28T12:06:40Z
Here's a breakdown of the drug scenes, roughly in order of size. Alcohol: More people drink than don't, and freshman year, if you're not getting wasted every weekend, you're in the minority. Cigarettes: Brown is a hipster school. I think this says it all. The hipsters chain smoke, and it's not that common outside hipster circles, but there are a lot of hipster circles. Marijuana: Although it's not quite as prominent as alcohol, it's all over the place, and Brown doesn't really care. The quality generally sucks, particularly if you're used to the West Coast, NYC, Florida, or northern New England. Study Drugs: These aren't particularly prevalent until finals, then they're everywhere. Cocaine: You'll never see it until people realize that you don't care, but once they do, it's everywhere. It's just all behind closed doors. If you don't make the right (or wrong) friends, you'll go four years without ever seeing it. Psychedelic use is openly discussed, but cocaine's almost always done secretly. Mushrooms: They're pretty easy to get a hold of, and you'll be shocked by the number of people who have tried them by the end of senior year. Various prescription pills: There are a lot of doctors' kids at Brown. 'Nuff said. Ecstasy: It's usually available, and usually bunk. You'll have to search long and hard for anything good. Acid: It's available on and off, in varying quality—and is expensive. Other things pop up now and again, but for the most part, those are the drugs that you can expect to find at Brown. I've also seen 2Cs, opium, salvia, heroin (!), and various others, but they're not common.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:43:01Z
The parties are lame. Wriston, the quad where the frats are, is really often the only option unless you are part of student groups whose upperclass members throw house parties. If you are into clubs, lots of kids go to Fish Co. on Wednesday nights, but it seems like a huge bro/female-degrading fest.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:41:32Z
The drug scene is as expected. People smoke pot, it's college. There's nothing out of the ordinary.
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