The students at Brown University are said to be among the most intellectual, and eccentric, of all the Ivy Leaguers. Part of this reputation stems from Brown’s progressive educational philosophy: students can choose to take any course pass-fail, and there are no core requirements. As a result students only take the courses that interest them and rarely stop talking about their academics. “Everyone in every class has chosen to be there,” writes a senior majoring in English. “Interesting and engaged students then leave class and chat long into the night about every topic you can imagine, hours after classes are done.” “I’ve taken classes (and geeked out on subjects) like Ancient Utopias, and Imaginary Places, while also taking things like Organic Chemistry. We love what we’re learning here.” “Overall, and fostered by our open curriculum, Brown students are unique in that we get to place an extremely high value on creativity, on intellectual independence, and on a real, honest passion for learning and being.”
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