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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.” “No other school I had looked at allowed students to...build their own academic journey without any general requirements,” says one student. 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.” 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.” “I’ve never experienced so many people willing to have a conversation about topics that usually make people uncomfortable or that people stray away,” says one student.

Campus Life

Life at Brown can be “exciting, but also filled with countless hours of study.” Though academia reigns over the week, some people “go to house parties, sport parties, or downtown for the weekend,” and there are “lectures, movie screenings, improv shows, dance performances, [and] a cappella showcases constantly.” “Brown is generally a very happy place with many activities and events going on all the time,” says a student. A great thing about these type of events is that “they are rarely exclusionary and the university is trusting of its students.” 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. The campus may be “beautiful,” but when an off-campus breather is needed, students can easily walk one minute to Thayer Street and “enjoy restaurants and excellent dining” or walk twenty minutes to Providence 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 opened in late 2017, and 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 Theatre, Providence Performing Arts Center, and regional theatre companies.
Museums, Libraries & 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
*Newport, RI, with its majestic mansions on the ocean, shopping & restaurants, and sailing lifestyle. *Historic sites - Benefit Street - the famous "Mile of History." Slater Mill Complex, is a museum & educational complex, and known as the birthplace of American Industrial Revolution.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Weekdays; select Saturdays as posted.
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm (June-August: 8:00am-4:00pm); Saturday: 10-4

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: https://apply.college.brown.edu/portal/campus-visit
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

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Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Visit the Admission Office website during the academic year for current class visit schedule.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
There are many paths to Brown. Kennedy Plaza, the bus service hub, and 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. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Providence.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please consult the current schedule of roadway improvements: http://www.thayerstreetdistrict.com/thayer-street-news-blog/category/improvement-contruction-update Accessible (handicapped) street parking is available throughout the campus. For details, please consult: https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/accessibility-services/getting-around-campus DRIVING From the North or South on Interstate 95: Take Exit 22A to Downtown Providence. Continue straight on Memorial Boulevard. At the fourth set of lights, turn left onto College Street. At the top of the hill, turn left onto Prospect Street. Take your first right onto Waterman Street. The Stephen Robert ?62 Campus Center will be on your right. From the East on Interstate 195: Take Exit 2 to South Main Street and continue for half a mile until the first set of traffic lights. Turn right onto College Street and then left at the top of the hill onto Prospect Street. Take your first right onto Waterman Street. The Stephen Robert ?62 Campus Center will be on your right. From the Northwest: Follow Route 146 to I-95 South then follow directions above (from north and south).

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


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