Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:39:14Z
The network is great. Brown does a fairly good job of making sure the community doesn't have access to our over-the-top WiFi speed, so for better or worse we benefit from it. Computers are always available in the SciLib, but bringing your own computer is really a must.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:34:37Z
The campus at large is fairly uninterested in the varsity sports. Our largest intramural program is probably ultimate Frisbee, and as the team travels all over. They are fairly intense.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:33:40Z
The professors are mostly good. Like at any large university, there are too many TAs and class sizes are too large. The workload is what you make of it-Brown can be fairly easy or quite difficult. I would say we are known for humanities, although our sciences get far superior funding, but this a fact that Brown would probably like to conceal, based on its reputation as a strong humanities school.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:32:11Z
RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority) is mostly unreliable, and due to the huge deficit in the RI state budget, their routes and funding are being cut. On the up side, Brown students can ride RIPTA for free. This is further representative of the unfair privilege we Brunonians enjoy up on our Ivory Tower.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-05T05:29:45Z
Brown doesn't offer off-campus housing until junior year, unless, of course, you call the Office of Student Life and argue. The University tries to keep you on campus as long as it can, which is really quite convenient, since their room and board plan costs considerably more than living and eating in a real apartment in Providence.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T22:52:38Z
They're all pretty nice, really.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T22:52:11Z
There's Indian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese, cheap, expensive, you name it. I like Bagel Gourmet Ole the best because it's cheap delicious Mexican and bagels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T22:51:14Z
It's pretty inconsistent. You won't get in serious trouble with campus police, but be careful about your roommates, counselors, and other neighbors. It's probably not a good idea to throw a kegger in your room.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T22:48:05Z
It's about 10 percent of housing, I guess, and frat parties are about 50 percent of the party scene. Some frats, like King House, are kind of dorky and cute. The only traditional frat is Sigma Kai, and it throws good parties.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T22:46:37Z
The gym is old and not so nice. Some of the athletic fields are really far away. The satellite facilities are a little nicer, though, but they are small. The libraries are fantastic, and the student center has been redone recently. Basically, the athletic facilities are great. The sports, not so much.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:52:40Z
The meal plans are complicated and convoluted but allow you to have a wide array of choices of where to eat a given meal. Besides the Ratty, which is basically a stereotypical college cafeteria, there is a smaller, cozier dining hall with better food, a pizza place, a vegetarian dining room, and many snack bars. The dining halls allow you to take a box of food with you instead of eating there, which is convenient. Being vegetarian is incredibly easy here because there are so many of us, and the dining services take that into account when devising meal plans.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:48:59Z
I love my professors. The geology department is really friendly, and the quality of the teaching is very, very good. My adviser had us over to her house for apple cider and brownies and took us out to dinner one night. It's very welcoming. The open curriculum is also fantastic. There are no requirements!
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:47:32Z
There is one main gym, as well as several smaller satellite gyms spread out across campus. The libraries are adequate places to study, although you don't really need to go all the way to a library to study-there are nice, quiet lounges in most dorms. We don't really have a student center, unfortunately, but there's not that much need for one considering all the convenient places to study, eat, and hang out.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:47:10Z
Andrews is wonderful. The rooms are big and have sinks and walk-in closets. Keeney is, well, a typical freshman dorm-it can get a little crazy. Pembroke Campus is really nice because even though it's a little off of main campus, it has a nicer dining hall and is close to the athletic center. It's also quieter.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:45:15Z
The computer clusters are crowded at certain times of day, but you can find a free space somewhere most of the time. It's definitely worth having your own computer in your room though. And there's free wireless everywhere on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:44:03Z
There's definitely a Greek presence, and it's a source of parties, but I've personally never been to one, and that's not a big deal. There's really no pressure either way.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:39:57Z
I'm on the varsity fencing team, which is underfunded compared to other teams but is still pretty well funded. We have access to good facilities and trainers, and we get equipment and warm-ups from the school, as well as per diem for travel. I don't know about intramurals, but I'm also in the Frisbee program, which has an A, B, and C team. It's not very well funded, but we do a lot of our own fundraisers and have a very successful program.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:38:01Z
Winter can be rough with a lot of wintry mixes. Invest in rubber boots or you'll go through two or three pairs of shoes every winter kicking your way through slush in the streets. That being said, when it's not precipitating, the weather is fairly mild and easy to deal with.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:35:16Z
Very few people attend varsity sporting events-our football team won the Ivy League title, but most people still didn't bother going to the games. I don't know anything about intramural sports.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:33:20Z
Parties tend to be either large dance parties in fraternities or small spontaneous events with friends in dorm rooms. Both are fun but can get repetitive and boring after a while.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:30:06Z
Providence is pretty much a college city. There isn't really much to do outside of the college campus. However, there are always plenty of activities happening on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:29:06Z
Guys & Girls:
I don't think the students at Brown are significantly more or less attractive on average than any other school. There is no typical student, really.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:29:03Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys here are okay. Considering it is an Ivy League school, the boys here a pretty inexperienced, but there is definitely a lot of sex going around on weekends. Girls at Brown tend to be more attractive than the guys. Sad, I know.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:27:42Z
It's not strict at all here.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-04T02:25:16Z
Alcohol and cannabis are noticeably embedded in social life at Brown, but there are plenty of people who use neither, and I don't think they are usually put under pressure from their peers to do so. But in any case, you get used to having long intellectual conversations with high people pretty fast.
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