College Sophomore 2012-10-30T22:23:01Z
The open curriculum is great to see whatever classes you want to pursue and you don't have to waste time in classes that you hate or would never use in your major. The shopping period allows you to go and sit in on the classes so you can decide whether or not you want to take the class and you have a chance to check it out.
College Sophomore 2012-10-30T22:20:48Z
Providence weather is very rainy and dreary most of the time. It doesn't always downpour, it's usually just annoying light rain and misting, just enough to make it humid and gross out.
College Sophomore 2012-10-30T22:10:01Z
Providence is very small and there are a lot of people so it is always very crowded so there's hardly any room to park. The parking garage that is very empty is very far away from everything so it's not really worth it to park there.
College Sophomore 2012-10-30T22:04:05Z
Providence has so many cute little shops, stores, restaurants and bars that are very accessible and fun to go to. The main street, Thayer, always has a lot going on.
College Sophomore 2012-10-30T21:54:53Z
There are a variety of freshman dorms available, two that are all freshmen, so it's good to be around all people your own age that are going through the same things as you are. They aren't the biggest or best, but it has a sense of camaraderie that is really great. Upperclassmen dorms are spacious and nice because you can choose to live with your friends and you have a lot of different options and rooms.
College Senior 2012-10-05T02:51:30Z
Being a biology major at brown is wonderful. There are many opportunities for research and the classes are all very interesting. There is something for every interest. The professors all really love what they teach too. It can be difficult, but is manageable.
College Senior 2012-10-05T02:42:27Z
Need blind for domestic US applicants and the financial aid is very generous. If your tax income is below 60,000, Brown will cover all the costs, so you'll have no parent contribution.
College Senior 2012-10-05T02:27:42Z
Incredible Classes – There are so many classes to choose from at Brown and the S/NC (pass/fail) grade option allows you to take any class outside your major without affecting your grades. The Open Curriculum offers so many options to create not only your path in your major but even create a new major for yourself. The workload can be heavy, especially for science concentrators, but possible to accomplish. Professors and TA's are available and tutoring options are always open to those who are struggling.
College Senior 2012-10-05T02:25:03Z
Several apartments are available but you have to be upper classman to apply for off campus housing and sign your leases in late September/ early October to get a place close to the school.
College Sophomore 2012-10-04T16:11:45Z
They aren't strict at all. I have the freedom to not only create my own curriculum, but to do whatever I want. As long as you're respectful of others you won't find yourself in trouble.
College Senior 2012-10-03T22:28:43Z
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.
College Junior 2012-08-15T16:02:20Z
There's stuff to do around Providence and especially on campus, but sometimes students are known to get bored. Boston is about an hour's train ride away, but it's not that convenient. The Providence Place Mall is a great place to hang out, eat at the Cheesecake Factory, or catch a movie, but the same old mall can get dull after four years. Still, the locals are friendly, there are some good restaurants that aren't too expensive, and it's a pretty safe area. Not too bad for the capital of the smallest state in the country.
College Junior 2012-08-15T15:57:39Z
Love It – People here work hard and excel, but also know how to have fun too. Everyone's really friendly, the food isn't too bad, and campus is safe & beautiful. I honestly couldn't see myself going anywhere else.
College Junior 2012-07-25T20:49:23Z
Health & Safety:
Safe but Be Vigilant. I've never felt unsafe at Brown, but there have been muggings on the outskirts of campus. However, those muggins are few and far between. Brown is technically not a closed campus so it's quite easy for townies to venture inside (which is what I love about the campus). It makes it very open and beautiful, but also poses a potential danger for unwelcome wrongdoers. The best thing for a person to be is vigilant. Other than that, Providence is a just another quiet yet vibrant city.
College Junior 2012-07-25T20:36:51Z
If the Campus Were a Dog, It'd Be a Mut – No one is the same. I always find myself wishing there was a camera nearby because I'm always finding myself in a group with varying race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, and religious background. Because of this, we have a reputation for being a very liberal school, as we are aware of the extreme diversity in our school.
College Junior 2012-07-25T20:31:14Z
Above Average but Room for Improvement – There are a ton of options. However these cafeterias aren't open everyday, and when they are, the food can get quite repetitive. What I love about the food is that there are a ton of vegan options. It's so easy to become a vegetarian. I love the salad bar and the vegetarian late night restaurant, the Ivy Room. Their falafels are great!
College Junior 2012-07-25T20:26:51Z
Sport Is Average, but There's Still a Community – Sports at Brown are not huge at all, but are nonetheless attended. Men's football and soccer, and women's rugby, are probably the most followed sports on campus. These include intramural, club, and varsity sports. To be honest, I don't know much about athletics at Brown, yet I know many things about the school. This alone should be a testament to Brown's underrated athletics.
College Junior 2012-07-10T19:21:16Z
It's Ok. It's definitely majority white students, but there are a lot of foreign students (since Brown doesn't have an English requirement) and a lot of Asians.
College Junior 2012-07-10T18:37:05Z
Easy Peasy – It was definitely easy. Brown University already had a required essay about why you want to choose whatever major you're in. It doesn't affect the major you have to choose once you're actually in the school. Everyone is free to choose any major they wish and there's no core so you can dive straight into the curriculum.
College Junior 2012-07-10T18:31:35Z
It Intern – Even though I'm a CS major, being an IT intern helped me learn about the hardware, instead of just the software.
College Junior 2012-07-10T18:31:01Z
Fun and Open – As a CS major, I still managed to have a social life and learn a lot of important things at the same time.
College Senior 2012-06-01T17:23:21Z
Health & Safety:
Providence Is Still a City – Brown is generally a really safe place to be. The only times I'm really concerned about walking around by myself are when I'm coming home from those super late (1am/2am) library runs, and safe-walk has stopped for the night. (Safe-walk is a volunteer student group that will walk with you because of the whole safety in numbers thing.) Even so, there have been thefts of computers and stuff from students around night time, because as much as Brown seems to be its own little world, it's still a part of Providence as a whole. Recently, though, the campus police have been good at tracking down the people who have been stealing stuff. The campus police are also affectionately known as the "Bro-po" because they are generally good about campus parties and drinking as long as it's not out of control.
College Senior 2012-06-01T17:16:00Z
Slavic Studies: Small, Friendly, and Encouraging – The Slavic department at Brown is really wonderful. You get a lot of individualized attention, and the professors are absolutely fantastic. Class sizes are generally 7-11 students for language study and 15-30 in seminars. The vast majority of my favorite professors are in the Slavic department, and it's definitely worth taking any class that professor Levitsky teaches, no matter what major you're pursuing. There's a student group in the Slavic department that organizes film screenings every semester, and a panel of Slavic alums that come back and talk about their experiences every spring.
College Senior 2012-06-01T17:14:10Z
The New Curriculum Is Boss – When I came to Brown as a biochem major, I never would have imagined that I'd end up in Slavic Studies, but that's part of the beauty of Brown; the new curriculum fosters academic exploration, and I have really gotten to learn more about myself over the last two years. The fact that Brown doesn't have gen-eds creates a very flexible atmosphere for students, such that we can take a variety of classes that are interesting and fun while we're pursuing our majors. One of my friends (majoring in Lit Arts and Psych) took a class on Zombies in pop culture this semester, while I (Slavic Major) have been able to dabble in psychology/sociology and Middle Eastern studies. Brown is like a candy shop for the intellectually curious.
College Senior 2012-06-01T16:59:11Z
Thayer St. and Food Trucks – Providence is known for having more restaurants per capita than almost every other city in the United States. The main place students get food from out is definitely Thayer St. because it's close and relatively inexpensive (about $7-10 a meal, depending on where you go). Recently, students have been super excited about the food trucks that have started to park on Thayer, which offer a variety of foods from Korean (Mama Kims) to French (Plouf Plouf) to American (Rocket Truck and the Grilled Cheeze truck). If one feels adventurous, there's always Federal Hill for fantastic (yet expensive) Italian food, and famous Olneyville hot-weiners (and amazing grilled cheese for vegetarians).
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