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Brown University

Rhode Island, United States

Ranked among top 50 universities in USA

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About Brown University

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting


Providence is a compact, thriving American capital city that neatly cross-stitches the fabric of New England history with a vibrant dining palate and an edgy arts, music and cultural scene. "Something for everyone" might be a clichéd phrase, but in Providence it's an everyday reality. This "Creative Capital" boasts the modern attractions and cosmopolitan amenities of big cities, but with unpretentious fun and an enviable array of accessible options. Overall, Providence is a small city that has mastered the blend between being a hip college town, a comfortable place to raise a family and a sophisticated travel destination. On flipside, the Rhode Island economy is depressed and taxes are high. Also, its crime rate is above the national average.


Providence has a humid continental or humid subtropical climate, with warm summers, cold winters, and high humidity year-round. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean keeps Providence, warmer than many inland locales in New England. January is the coldest month with a daily mean of ?1.6 °C, while July is the warmest month with a daily mean of 23.1 °C. As with the rest of the northeastern seaboard, Providence receives ample precipitation year-round. In general, precipitation levels are slightly lesser in the summer months than the winter months, when powerful storms known as Nor'easters can cause significant snowfall and blizzard conditions. Although hurricanes are not frequent in coastal New England, Providence's location at the head of Narragansett Bay makes it vulnerable to them.

Crowd and campus life

A member of the Ivy League, Brown has the nation’s fourth largest collegiate athletic program (and first largest program for women), with 900 athletes competing on 37 varsity sports teams — 17 for men and 20 for women. Brown also has cappella groups, improv and sketch comedy, dance groups, student-produced plays and musicals, The Brown Band, and many other ways to express your creative side. There are nearly a dozen eateries across campus—two large dining halls including veggie options, Kosher and Halal meals, as well as smaller venues and convenient snack carts. So, meet friends for dinner at the Ratty before improv rehearsal and a night of studying at the Rock. Spend Sunday afternoon reading in the shade of a huge tree on Lincoln Field, or see a movie at Providence Place Mall. Play Frisbee on the College Green then enjoy a cappella beneath Wayland Arch.
It’s all part of the Brown experience.


  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Class of 1897) - philanthropist, son of John D. Rockefeller
  • Charles Evans Hughes (Class of 1910) - former Supreme Court justice
  • Robert Conley (Class of 1953) - founder of NPR
  • Ted Turner (Class of 1960) - media mogul
  • John F. Kennedy Jr. (Class of 1983) - son of John F. Kennedy
  • Emma Watson (Class of 2013) – actress
  • John Seely Brown (A.B. 1962) – inventor of spellcheck
  • John H. Crawford (1975) – chief architect, Intel386 and Intel486 microprocessors; co-managed the development of the Pentium microprocessor; Intel Fellow, Enterprise Platforms Group
  • James B. Garvin (Sc. B. 1978, Sc. M. 1981, Ph.D. 1984) – Chief Scientist, NASA Mars and lunar exploration programs.