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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 UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Not so bright
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She rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Oct 14 2007
Major: History/Histories (art history/etc.) (This Major's Salary over time)
Brown gives you the freedom to have as fun and fulfilling of a college experience as you want—no core curriculum, a flexible grading system without +/- and the option to take anything you want pass-fail, easy to get the classes you want, and tons of student groups / activities. It's not the type of school where you're going to get your hand held, however. If you're not a self-starter type of person, you might not like Brown because you definitely have to go out of your way to make the most of your time there—e.g. no one is going to force you to get advising.

The student body at Brown is for the most part friendly and non-competitive. However, it's somewhat intolerant in terms of political beliefs—openly conservative students tend to take some flack from their classmates and Bush ranting is frequent among the students and even some of the professors. Also, there's definitely a white / majority guilt mentality among much of the student body and the administration—again, no so wonderful if you're not hardcore left-wing. This is probably the case at most / all of the Ivy League schools however.

Nevertheless, Brown's strengths far outweigh its weaknesses. You can easily avoid the political intolerance and realistically, it's only a small number of students who contribute to that atmosphere. Most people at Brown are extremely nice and relatively open-minded. Academically, the flexibility at Brown is virtually unparalleled among other schools—it's easy to take grad classes, upper level classes outside your concentration (major), design your own concentration, etc.

Plus, Providence is a great city—not too big that you get problems like high crime, but not so small that there isn't a lot of stuff to do. You're also only 45 minutes away from Boston (it's really easy to do a day-trip with the bus and commuter rail transportation option) and a couple of hours from NYC.

Overall, Brown is great though—if I had to do it again, I'd definitely pick Brown!

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