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Brown University

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

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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She cares more about Friendliness than the average student.
Date: Mar 23 2010
Major: Economics (This Major's Salary over time)
You really can study anything here. There are lots of very cool people (as at any other school); everyone here was super competitive in high school but comes here ready to delve into things that interest them. That said, there is a lot of responsibility with the open curriculum; I have screwed myself over before. Fortunately, there are ever more resources for undergraduates developed to prevent this.

People who attend Brown and complain about being left in the cold in regards to advising are simply lazy, though. People here are nothing if not helpful. You must show initiative to get their attention.

I had a rough start to my first year, what with a strange roommate and a social scene I didn't totally understand. In truth, much of the weekend revolves around alcohol (and weed to some extent), and while there are numerous other things do to on a Saturday night, I didn't really want to do any of them. In time, however, I found friends who have my same values and desires, and we entertain ourselves enough.

Also: Providence is a cool city. Much great shopping, a good arts scene, and only an hour commuter rail ride from Boston (which is easy to do, easier than most will tell you). However, bring rain boots. It rains a lot here.

I know this sounds critical, but it takes a sunny day on the main green when a Klezmer band is playing to hundreds of students sprawled around, studying, tossing frisbees, and exuding happiness. There is good reason they call this the happiest college in America. We get the best education (I do not doubt this, and I have friends at all the other top schools), the best peers, and a pretty bangin environs in which to experience each other.

You would be stupid to not attend Brown if you could.

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