College Sophomore 2013-08-07T22:08:52Z
Huge variety of ethnic restaurants, fancy places, and fast food joints, all within walking distance, as well as 2 great pizza places.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T22:07:15Z
Great restaurants, concerts, bars, and events right off campus. Boston is also a quick train ride away.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T21:57:07Z
Food is alright. Nothing special, but not inedible either. Very available. Best place to eat is Josiah's.
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T21:53:51Z
Brown students are almost completely lacking in school spirit. Almost nobody goes to athletic events, other then possibly when we play Harvard in football. However, the intramural sports are a lot of fun, and we have several very nice gyms across the campus
College Sophomore 2013-08-07T21:51:39Z
Frats are there if you want them, but they don't dominate the social scene. The parties are open to anyone, although they sometimes charge a cover
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T22:44:25Z
Brown's Financial Aid program is innovative and progressive, especially for an Ivy League university. A student who demonstrates proficient need can earn a near-full ride scholarship to Brown, can find work-study employment, and can apply for a named scholarship to further aid in their textbook or travel costs (not to mention outside scholarships). Brown is determined to bring the best and brightest, most diligent and committed students to their campus, and are both able and willing to pay the bill. Careful attention to financial aid awards, however, is important. They want to see responsibility and organization before they provide money.
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T22:38:03Z
If alcohol is to be considered a drug, the availability and leniency of the substance for underage students is abhorrent. There is almost no addressing of this issue around campus as it pertains to underage drinking--although I do appreciate that judgment-free services are available for students who may sustain injuries from heavy intoxication without fear of legal consequence for their sickness. I only wish that there were more promotion against alcohol use instead of the "blind eye."
While I am unaware of any heavy drug dealing at Brown, it's not uncommon for students to smell pot being smoked in or around dorm rooms, while preventative measures against it are not observed. It's also worth noting that Brown promotes its most popular concert series (Spring Weekend) around 4/20 day (April 20th, a day known for smoking marijuana in the States), and last year had its headline outdoor performance that day, no doubt to capitalize on the well-promoted social drug.
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T22:31:06Z
Brown is infamous for its liberal atmosphere, which very truly allows students freedom to do whatever they wish in dorms and around campus. The downfall to this freedom is that students are given rights without responsibility--this plays very negatively when dorm parties or events disrupt the living environment for other students who may be studying, sleeping, or who simply wish to not feel threatened or violated when walking through hallways reeking of beer, strewn with garbage, or littered with hanging wires from exit signs broken by other, less considerate students. The fact that there are no ramifications for behavior disrespectful to other students in dorms (the behavior is hardly addressed to begin with), it continues and escalates through the year.
College Sophomore 2013-08-05T22:25:00Z
A credit to Brown University is the immaculate setting of the educational experience. Facilities are well maintained and frequently renovated. However, equipment and facilities that are underused or have been recently moved/changed fall through the cracks of facilities maintenance. For example, a recently renovated dormitory had no personal safes installed for many students on a particular floor. Despite constant email and in-person complaints, the year went by with no safes installed for these students. Aside from this, most facilities--especially for public gatherings or events--are well maintained
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-02T17:43:28Z
Sports are popular, but not anywhere near the level of many state schools or even other schools of similar stature. Despite this, a big swath of the student body participates in athletics, formally or informally, and in generally, students are very active and physically involved.
Facilities are good, but can always be improved. Issues are addressed quickly. School spirit is a bit lacking, as most students tend to focus more on their studies and social activities more so than attending some sport events. However, the more popular sports, like football or soccer, attract very large crowds. Most sports team across numerous disciplines do very well on a national level. A few Brown students have even performed at Olympic events.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-02T17:37:51Z
Guys & Girls:
The variety of social backgrounds and experiences in the student body make Brown University an incredibly vibrant and active place. Students are very hard-working, but also take social activities and partying as seriously as their future careers, as it is important to also have fun!
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-02T17:35:56Z
Providence's weather is typical for New England schools near large bodies of water - unreliable and occasionally uncomfortable for longer walking trips. It rains very often and is mostly cloudy or partially cloudy when not rainy. During the winter months, it can snow a lot. Both the rain and snow can make a campus walking trip very uncomfortable. However, when the weather is agreeable, particularly during spring and summer months, all of the students take to the outdoors and it's a great time to take advantage of the good weather!
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-02T17:30:51Z
Brown University's financial aid system was very satisfactory during the application process and improved during my first year after then President Ruth Simmon instituted several changes to the financial aid policy. These changes improved aid for families and students of modest economic backgrounds, which helped me profoundly.
College Sophomore 2013-07-28T18:41:34Z
The RIPTA bus system is free with your student ID, which is really convenient.
College Sophomore 2013-07-28T18:40:44Z
You can pretty much find a party literally any time. Seriously, don't worry about it.
College Sophomore 2013-07-28T18:40:00Z
Dorms depend on where you are. Keeney's fun but kind of gross, Pembroke campus dorms tend to be nicer but they're more isolated.
College Senior 2013-07-25T17:58:47Z
I literally feel like a minority being white and heterosexual and relatively economically privileged here. Brown celebrates diversity more than any other institution I've visited in the country.
College Senior 2013-07-25T17:48:54Z
Non Greeks make up the majority of students and they go to frat parties every now and then but don't pay much attention to it otherwise
College Sophomore 2013-07-23T23:25:59Z
Brown University is famous for its open curriculum which allows students to take control of their own education.
College Sophomore 2013-07-23T23:24:05Z
I love the Business Program and Education Program at Brown! Because we don't have general ed requirements and have flexible concentration requirements, I am able to take the classes that most interest me. The workload sometimes doesn't seem like work because I choose what classes I like.
College Sophomore 2013-07-23T23:17:45Z
It rains ALOT for every season. Also, during the winter it snows and rarely is there a snow day. Luckily, classes are relatively close anywhere you live on campus and it is very lively when the sun comes out.
College Sophomore 2013-07-23T23:13:31Z
The drug scene at Brown is not that big, however, if you want drugs and know the right people, you can find them. If you are not looking for drugs or are looking to having a drug-free experience it is totally possible. Brown students do not pressure others into doing anything. For the most part, what you do is fine as long as you are in your room and blowing smoke out of the window.
College Sophomore 2013-07-19T19:54:32Z
Most people are not ready to dedicate a huge chunk of time to playing for the school's team so a lot of kids actually choose this route.
College Sophomore 2013-07-19T19:53:35Z
There is a a lot of spirit and the kids are generally excited about sports.
College Sophomore 2013-07-19T19:52:46Z
The teachers always know what they are talking about ,although there are a few courses in which the professors can be hard to follow.
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