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Founded in 1764, Brown University. is a Private college. Located in Rhode Island, which is a city setting in Rhode Island, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 6,926 full time undergraduate students, and 2,855 full time graduate students.
The Brown University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 7:1. There are 803 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Brown University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,98% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 5 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 99% were in the top quarter, and 91% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Brown University.
158 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
108 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
159 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.
158 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.
158 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
158 Students rated school activities 4.5 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.
160 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
158 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.
38 Students rated Brown University
Brown University can serve a purpose. If you know what you want to achieve and will get a degree in a field with a high return on investment it is worth it. However, do not go to find yourself or pursue a liberal arts degree that you can do at a less expensive university. Brown University has its positives, but overall it is a corporation. Brown does not care about or improve student life because it knows students will still apply and attend due to the name. The housing is just livable and residential life is horribly unuseful. On the other hand, Brown does provide a good infrastructure for pursuing professional development such as research. The highlight of Brown University is its approach to classes. The first two weeks of classes each semester is shopping period where you can attend, register for, and drop any class. Further, you can audit or take any class pass/fail (which you can take advantage of depending on your post-graduate goals). There are classes in a wide variety of fields; for example I have taken classes from The Structure of the Nervous System to The Science and Medicine of Ancient Egypt. Professors are generally knowledgeable, responsive, and supportive; although there will be exceptions like anything. If you know how to take advantage of it, you can pretty much find advising for whatever you need.
Social Life: 3/5
Student Support: 3/5
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Brown University is the perfect combination of many things! I am a Computer Science major, so I definitely appreciate our stellar Computer Science program. There are many different options for new and skeptical students, as well as experienced programmers. I also love Brown's commitment to politics, art, and literature ... everyone has many interests!
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Brown University is 9%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Anticipate change. Be prepared to sacrifice anything in order to achieve what you came for, be ready to sacrifice that extra hour of sleep, that night out with friends, that phone call back home, because you will have to change in order to adapt to this extremely different environment that resembles nothing from the one you come from. Be ready to question yourself, but don?t think doubt mean you are wrong, it simply means it is time to change and redefine that aspect of your life. Be willing to put aside your pride, and acquire that humbleness that you will need when you go ask for help, because you will not know everything when you get there. Be open to many challenges that you know might seem tough, but that ultimately will provide you with a greater understanding of yourself. Do not think that this is all a clich?, do not minimize this opportunity, and do not think that you are only here to study, because you are here to start a new part of your life, and ultimately to build intellect, character, morals, values, and social skills; all of which are tools for you to function in society.
Brown students are typically dynamic, open-minded individuals who make up for there slight social awkwardness with a high level of intellect in addition to a tolerant outlook regarding a wide variety of issues.
The best, most defining quality of Brown is the freedom that the students have due to the open curriculum. It really sets Brown apart from all other schools, cause students can really design their own academic plan because they dont have to worry about so many requirements.
Some yes, some no. We are not all hippies. We are rather laid-back.
For the most part ive only taken pretty small classes at brown which has allowed me to get to know the majority of my professors. as far as my experience has gone, the professors for the most part seem very eager and open to interacting with the students and helping us when necessary. The modern culture and media department, especially, is very small and intimate and therefore everyone knows eachother and is really eager to help everyone have a great learning experience.
LIBERAL, fun, smart
the performance groups such as accapella and dance groups are the most dominant activity groups on campus. athletics make up a good amount of the student body, but in my opinion there doesnt seem to be a lot of school spirit surrounding the athletic teams. the social life/party scene is pretty laid back. nothing like a state school, but definitely lively and exciting enough to keep us entertained.
VERY liberal-minded student body. Not much academic competition.
I'm a little discouraged by the size of the school, I wish I went to a smaller school. As a result of the size, if you don't meet people in the beginning you're not likely to meet many people later on.
It has an amazing environment.
The large amount of racial/ethnic diversity, the international students, the open-minded campus culture, the open curriculum, the types of courses that are offered, the offbeat social scene.
I wish I had known that academic exploration should really be limited to freshman year and that some definite direction is helpful when first enrolling, or at least by the end of one's sophomore year.
Brown University is well known for its liberalistic tendencies. It has been said that it has the happiest college students known across the nation. This sense of elation does not happen by chance, your positive attitude will contribute to this amazing atmosphere, so your personality is important. Furthermore, in order to attend Brown, you need to be someone who can respect any part of the opinion spectrum, but who also intelligently defends their own opinion. People who love to live for, learn from, and be part of the community should attend Brown University.
Its open curriculum (no distribution requirements)
Brown's prides in its open curriculam. Without any general requirements, undgraduates are allowed to explore their interests freely. With a huge array of majors and the ability to create your own major, literally anything is possible at Brown. And as Brown students, we take advatage of that allow our futures to be fashion themselves any way we choose.
A student who is not flexible in thinking or who is not adventurous would probably not enjoy Brown University. The open curriculum program differs greatly from distribution requirements that are the core of many colleges. You have to be willing to try new things and keep an open mind. If you are a person who likes to follow set standards and requirements this would probably not be for you, unless you are studying the sciences, engineering or pre-med.
Charges for getting locked out of dormrooms.
People often think of Brown students as hippie activists and stoners. While there are probably a larger proportion of these students here than others, Brown is super diverse and so it's easy to find students who are not interested in activism and drugs. Despite the varying kinds of people, I think that generally most Brown students are liberal, open-minded, and interested in new perspectives and opinions outside their own.
In the end, it came down to either Brown or a big well-known school in my state. I visited Brown and researched it and decided that it was a better fit for my personality and interests. I also wanted to experience living in a different part of the country, so the distance was a plus for me.
There's a large variety of dining options on campus. There are two main buffet-style cafeterias, the Ratty and the Vdub. For a meal credit, you get access to a lot of different foods, including fresh fruit and cereal and soup and salad bars and vegan/vegetarian options. The downside to these two is that the food isn't too great, but there's always something to be had. Besides these are the smaller eateries, like Jo's, the Gate, the Blue Room, and the Ivy Room. These tend to serve better, restaurant-quality food although they have less options since each has its own specialties. Besides the university eateries, there's always restaurants on Thayer Street, which is practically on-campus and very accessible. There are some cheap restaurants as well as more up-scale ones, depending on your tastes. Basically, there's a lot of options for food on campus, and if you get bored even with that you can always take a bus or walk down to Providence for more choices.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
57% of students
attending Brown University receive some sort of financial aid.
13% were awarded federal grants.
While 22% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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