College Sophomore 2013-07-19T19:51:25Z
Brown is wonderful. All the opportunity one could ever ask for is offered; all you have to to is go out and get it.
College Junior 2013-07-15T20:23:08Z
The Brown Financial Aid office was very helpful. They help you understand that although you might want more, the need has to be there. I received the amount of aid proportionate to my parent's tax returns, which doesn't give me a ton. However, when you lose forms, you can lose out big time because they are sticklers for the rules.
College Junior 2013-07-15T20:21:02Z
The dorms always have room for improvement. Some dorms are very hot while others are very cold. The campus seems stretched out but isn't really that large when it comes down to it. Facilities needs to help take better care of the dorms so that no one has to suffer.
College Junior 2013-07-15T20:18:45Z
Guys & Girls:
The social scene is pretty nice. A great variety of people to be involved with. I would say that overall there are just as many couples as there are single people. The ratio isn't heavy to one side or the other, so the social scene is great. The girls aren't stuck up, and the guys aren't usually jerks
College Senior 2013-07-08T01:40:09Z
Frats are not a very prominent part of life at Brown.
College Senior 2013-07-08T01:38:36Z
The dorms are alright, not top of the line but not too bad.
College Senior 2013-07-08T01:37:54Z
People are pretty responsible if they decide to use drugs and alcohol and the school. The administration is more focused on safety of users than punishment. They would rather have someone use safely then try and hide it and possibly die from overuse since they'd rather try to help themselves out then seek medical attention.
College Junior 2013-07-01T14:27:01Z
I come from Massachusetts, but I get cold pretty easily, so the winter's are pretty cold. Invest in a parka and/or a hat. Definitely bring a pair of rainboots, and snowboots for the winter. Snowboots really give you the traction you need to walk around when it's icy/snowy. It definitely rains more than it snows, even if it's snowing in other areas of New England.
College Junior 2013-07-01T14:22:40Z
Thayer St. has a bunch of good places, but it can get old pretty fast. I definitely recommend taking a walk down to Wickenden once in a while; a lot of the restaurants there are really good. And don't forget about going downtown once in a while! Federal Hill has some great places, but it can be more of a trek. However, the trolley is free with Brown ID :)
College Junior 2013-07-01T14:19:16Z
Very diverse, and most everyone is accepting and open-minded. :) There is a group for everyone here.
College Junior 2013-07-01T14:03:25Z
A lot of people complain about the housing at Brown, but honestly it's not half bad. The rooms are very decently sized, and nothing is absolutely horrible. I lived in one of the "worst" dorms my sophomore year, Grad Center, yet the rooms were a comfortable size + you got your own room. Also, Brown is renovating freshman and some sophomore dorms (Keeney, Pembroke Campus, and Perkins will be renovated in the near future), and the facilities are amazing. Reslife can be frustrating to work with sometimes but if you're persistent you can have your voice heard. The Housing Lottery can be confusing, but once you've gone through it once, it's really not that complicated - plus they're getting rid of it next year, I believe.
All in all, I feel that Brown's dorms are above average of what one might expect of a college - but if you're expecting Buckingham Palace for your undergrad years, then you won't like it.
College Sophomore 2013-06-30T18:51:41Z
There are many computers in libraries, but it's hard to obtain access to one during reading period/finals. Printing is not as reliable as it could be either.
College Sophomore 2013-06-30T18:50:21Z
Providence is a small city, but there are many restaurants/dining options nearby. People love going to Thayer Street, where there are places that serve sushi, pizza, coffee, tea, and the usual staple foods/drinks for college-students. Just recently, a new Gourmet Heaven opened up on Meeting Street and it sells everything!! Other good restaurants include Al Forno, Duck and Bunny, Bacaro, etc.
College Sophomore 2013-06-30T18:44:15Z
Brown University is a liberal institution, which is not only reflected in the open curriculum, but also in the diversity of students in terms of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. Students have varying beliefs and values, but they share the same all-inclusive and curious demeanor that epitomizes the open-minded Brown student. Students engage in intelligent conversations about oppression, discrimination, and inequality inside and outside of the classroom, ultimately providing people with greater knowledge of the experiences of their peers and leading them to make attitudinal changes. Be prepared to have your existing beliefs/notions challenged over and over again!
College Senior 2013-06-27T21:02:35Z
I love the people at this school, but don't come here if you want nice dorms or expect to have complaints taken seriously by the administration. The housing is run down to the point where me and my friends wonder whether the administration is trying to get upperclassmen to move off campus so that they can totally rehab the dorms. A majority of the student body live in Grad Center- the black mold is so bad there that I know someone whose asthma got substantially worse during the year they lived there and literally had mold growing in their lungs when they finally went to the hospital.
ResLife also sucks, they don't care if your living situation is comfortable for your needs or even safe...the heat in my best friend's room was broken and she tried to get it fixed, the admin never really tried to, and she had to get through a Northeast winter without heat. Not good.
The reason I didn't give housing an F is that the housing off campus is actually really nice, cheap and close to campus! I would highly recommend it!
College Junior 2013-06-26T17:13:35Z
There are a lot of housing options off campus, many people sublet. Its qite easy and the off campus housing is close to main campus.
College Sophomore 2013-06-26T00:13:32Z
i am a fresman and fresmen are not allowed to have a car on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-06-21T23:28:10Z
Very diverse and people are accepting of each other.
College Sophomore 2013-06-21T23:22:46Z
It is okay, but sometimes the noisy students go a little crazy during the night parties.
College Junior 2013-06-20T15:05:28Z
Holding a valid Brown ID gives you free access to the public transportation (RIPTA). They run about every 20 minutes and are fairly convenient. There's also a Down city Medshuttle that runs down College Hill into Providence, stopping at the locations that med students frequent. Otherwise, everything on College Hill is close enough for walking usually. Zipcars are readily accessible for those who need them, and taxis can be called to go to the airport if so desired (but a bus will take you to TF Green also).
College Junior 2013-06-20T14:54:47Z
There's a variety of ethnic places, such as Japanese, Thai, Ethiopian, and Italian. There's also au bon pain if you want something quick and casual, and Starbucks of course for those cups of coffee. Thayer Street, Wickenden Street, and Wayland Square offer a variety of cute and affordable local eats.
College Junior 2013-06-07T15:07:38Z
Health & Safety:
I always feel safe on campus. It is a relatively small campus, but near a big city so it is important to be aware of your surroundings when walking at night. We get occasional emails about muggings that happen on or near campus, but I have never met anyone who has been a victim of a crime and campus police takes it extremely seriously.
College Junior 2013-06-07T15:05:11Z
The weather is so variable! It rains a lot, and this year there was a huge blizzard that caused class to be cancelled for two days. The facilities and dining services staff went above and beyond to clear the snow and make sure all the students were fed and taken care of, despite the storm.
College Junior 2013-06-07T15:03:33Z
There is a street that runs through the back of campus which is full of restaurants and cafes. There are also more options downtown. It can be expensive, but there are a lot of neighborhoods with a variety of dining options.
College Junior 2013-06-07T15:01:23Z
My concentration program is relatively small, but has an extremely excellent faculty and a great advisors. The classes are outstanding, challenging, and well-taught. The professors are always willing to help students in any way possible.
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