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Brown University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC- FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeF
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsC
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Lowest Rating
Social Life
Highest Rating
Faculty Accessibility
He cares more about Social Life than the average student.
Date: Sep 17 2006
Major: Geography and Geosciences (This Major's Salary over time)
The academics here are great—open curriculum of course is a plus, but also many departments here are highly accesible to UGs with quite a few intro classes taught by star profs (who all easily approachable, even for large classes) and generous curves relative to many other schools as well. However, the social life here sucks. The kids are either a) hippies, b) nerds, c) snooty prep school trust fund babies, or d) athletes—there seems to be relatively few "normal" people. Also, the kids (who apparently either come from sheltered homes or had no fun in HS) always rave about the parties, which really suck compared to basically any state school. Frats here are required to open their doors to anyone, which means that most events are packed full of people and often run out of alcohol (which they also charge for). But really, the party scene wouldn't bother me if there were lots of cool people, but the people here suck unless you fit in one of the aforementioned categories. People complain about HS having cliques, but that's a joke compared to here—people never stray from the group they have their friends in, at least in high school nobody cared if you hang out with different people once in a while . It's a good fit for the right person I guess, but I think a lot of people here fool themselves simply because of the stereotypes (eg, "happiest students"). The academics are going to be hard to give up, but I'm going to drop out and apply to state schools (which will also end up saving a lot in the long run, and honors programs offer students good access to faculty); I thought that the stereotypes about Ivy League schools couldn't be that true, but it turns out they were. As a middle-lower class white guy who enjoys college sports, drinking, and having a diverse group of friends (the latter of which you would think is easy to come by here, but again the cliquiness is rampant), I can say that I definitely picked the wrong place. Although, I will say that the liberal atmosphere isn't quite as stifling as some people said—I think the trendy radicalism is cooling over time, although that's still definitely there if it's your thing.
questionDid you end up transferring to a state school? I'm having the same exact experience with Brown as you are describing and I was thinking about doing the same thing. I was wondering what you thought about your decision to transfer schools if you ended up doing it.
responseCollege should never be worth your happiness. If a name is important, Brown can still go on your resume but seriously, person who asked the question, try a state school. But make sure to research it very well first. And also, honors programs at even community colleges put you around motivated and smart people, and that can help if the silliness/laziness of the general body is too much.
responseConsidering brown has students from all over the world, i would say you're probably having a hard time finding friends because YOU have problems, not the people at Brown.
commentWow last response for a Brown orifice! if your rudeness and defensiveness is typical of Brown's students, it is a sad reflection on the school
commentWow last response from a Brown orifice! if your rudeness and defensiveness is typical of Brown's students, it is a sad reflection on the school
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