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Interdisciplinary-focused Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, is dedicated to undergraduate freedom, meaning students must take responsibility for designing their own courses of study via the Open Curriculum. Students sing the praises of the academic flexibility at this Ivy League institution and the accompanying emphasis on social action. "We would not be...strong students and teachers without a proper system in place to encourage that," says one undergrad. Those who roam these hallowed halls are "constantly questioning what could make the world and our school a better place." Every person "has their own interests and pursues it without any push from others," which is why Brown can be a "very intense" place to go to school-not because students are competing academically with each other, but "because there are so many people doing so much and fighting so hard for it."

Brown's faculty "are at the top of their fields and are working on research that pushes those fields forward." The "engaging, personal, and incredibly dedicated" professors are "the heart and soul of our strongest departments." They "care so much about what they do and connect with students on a very human level." Undergraduates come first here, and Brown encourages students to "explore their academic interests independently in order to experience everything that academics have to offer." As one enrollee explains it, "No other school I had looked at allowed students to...build their own academic journey without any general requirements." Graduates tend to "not just go to the normative career options," and "career and internship placement has become a top priority of the new university administration."

Student Body

This "knowledgeable and inspiring" community is made up of people who are "very intelligent, care about global issues, and possess one or two quirks." The school "has a way of molding people into their best selves," and the most common trait is "a true zeal for whatever it is that we care most about." Although this is a liberal campus, there are "a handful of conservatives," and "the entire body has a general chilled-out vibe." As one student puts it, "I've never experienced so many people willing to have a conversation about topics that usually make people uncomfortable." There is "a prevailing intolerance of intolerance on campus," and the culture of activism "bespeaks an idealism and a strong moral code that drives a lot of the work students do on campus."

Campus Life

Students describe a nice balance between work and play at Brown-academia rules during a week that is "filled with countless hours of study," but it's also an "exciting" and "very happy place with many activities and events going on all the time." Some go to parties or "downtown for the weekend," while others make the most of the constant "lectures, movie screenings, improv shows, dance performances, [and] a cappella showcases." Many here also do "intellectual activities or athletics over breaks," and "community clubs and special interest clubs (such as international student groups)" are extremely popular. Students also often go to the lounges in the dorms to watch movies with friends. And, "beautiful" as the campus is, students can easily walk one minute to Thayer Street and "enjoy restaurants and excellent dining" or walk 20 minutes to Providence Place Mall. Boston and New York are very close, but "Providence is busy enough that Brown never completely empties out."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Office of College Admission
Box 1876
Providence, RI 02912



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The College Green (Main Green)
Nelson Fitness Center
Libraries - including the John Hay Library, Orwig Music Library, Rockefeller Library, Sciences Library
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
*The Blue Room, our Campus Center cafe, is known for its great muffins and other delicious options: hot breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus sandwiches, salads, bagels, pastries and fairly traded coffee to go. *Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is the University?s museum of cultural history. *A new 80,000sf building for the School of Engineering has space for faculty and undergraduate research, areas for collaborative work, and an advanced imaging suite.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Providence's East Side: Shops and restaurants on Thayer Street and Wickenden Street
Performing Arts: Trinity Repertory Theater, Providence Performing Arts Center, and regional theater companies
Museums, Libraries and Galleries: Bell Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, AS220, the Providence Athenaeum
WaterFire: an award-winning fire sculpture installation on three rivers
Providence Place Mall
*The ?Ocean State?: boasts over 400 miles of coastline and many public beaches. *Newport, RI: majestic mansions on the ocean, shopping and restaurants, and sailing lifestyle. *Historic sites: Benefit Street - the famous "Mile of History." Slater Mill Complex is a museum and educational complex, and known as the birthplace of American Industrial Revolution.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Recorded Information Session: https://admission.brown.edu/visit/information-session

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

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Due to changing public health guidelines, the Office of College Admission is not able to facilitate the opportunity for students to visit courses at Brown at this time. Students are encouraged to explore academic areas of interest through departmental websites.

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
https://www.brown.edu/about/visit; There are many paths to Brown. Kennedy Plaza is close to campus and is the bus service hub for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), which serves the City of Providence and the state of Rhode Island. Greyhound Lines also provides bus service to Providence. The Providence Train Station, home to Amtrak and Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) service, are both downtown, just a short walk or taxi ride away from campus. T.F. Green airport, http://www.pvdairport.com/, in Warwick is approximately 10 miles from the campus. A shuttle service is available outside the terminal building after each flight arrival; the shuttle will take you to campus. Near either terminal, you can get a taxi to the campus. Boston Logan International Airport, http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/, is about an hour's drive from campus. Multiple ride-hailing services also operate in the city.

Driving Instructions to Campus
https://www.brown.edu/about/visit Please consult the current schedule of roadway improvements: http://www.dot.ri.gov/travel/traveladvisories.php Accessible street parking is available throughout the campus. For details, please consult: https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/accessibility-services/getting-around-campus

Local Accommodations
Providence offers a number of hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, in a variety of price ranges and within walking distance to campus: http://www.goprovidence.com https://www.brown.edu/about/visit/accommodations


Applicants: 46,568
Acceptance Rate: 6%



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