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Brown University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityA- Extra CurricularsA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Condescending

Quite Bright
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Creativity/ Innovation
He rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Dec 16 2004
Major: Other (This Major's Salary over time)
After spending a semester on campus I can say that applying ED was one of the better decisions I've made in the past few years. The freedom to pick classes of your liking and the S/NC option really enable a person to have a challenge without overwhelming yourself. Providence and its' east side is a great place for a college. Anyone checking the school out should stop for Indian or Pizza on Thayer. Providence could be a bit more lively. However, it is very easily navigated and is a very mellow city. Socially, Brown is what you make of it. If you want to go to a hockey game, call your friends and get them out of the library for a bit. Most people are quite happy. As a straight-edge, I was concerned that the campus would be a social mismatch. Yet, You can engage or disengage from those things as much as you like. Frat membership is around 10% with a far lower sorority percent. So they play a role in the campus life without dominating it like at Penn where closer to 35% of men rush. The campus is generally liberal or libertarian in its' outlook. Conservatives do exist on campus but they should be prepared to debate their views if they seek to actively promote their views. Brown is very political and liberal but it is also very-open-minded. The transfers really add to the Brown experience. The campus has tons of activities everyday. If you were to take full advantage of the activities, you would have to lighten your academic load or your sleep. To make the most of your Brown experience, you must be open to new experiences and perspectives (socially outgoing is a plus too). The education is as good and engaging as you are willing to make it. Ruth Simmons is a fantastic president who really cares about the students and is actively improving financial aid and course offerings. Brown's strongest point to me is the total lack of academic pretention compared to other schools. The students and faculty really strive foremost towards personal growth. Similarly, you can get into classes with upperclassmen and graduate students if you so desire from day one. More than other schools, Brown tries to promote balance, moderation and experimentation. What other school has coed literary frats or a midnight organ concert on Halloween? Most people I've spoken to didn't come here for a specific department. They came for the atmosphere (and most are very satisfied).

Be honest with yourself. Do you trust yourself enough to confidently make your own decisions and follow your passions? If so, Brown would be a fantastic place for your college years and it would be very much enriched by your presence.

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