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Brown University

Rhode Island, United States

Est. 1764

Ranked among top 30 universities in US

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

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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.


  • 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.


Brown's main campus located in the College Hill Historic District in the city of Providence, is a 143-acre urban campus. The university and the neighborhood has a dense heritage of buildings from the Colonial era. Comprising of 235 buildings and Brown is the largest land-owner of properties in Providence. The ‘College Street' which is one of the most important parts of Brown University, has a popular entrance gate called the Van Wickle Gates. To the south are academic buildings and residential quadrangles and to the east are the two Science Parks.
The most photographed buildings are on the core green spaces of campus. There are series of libraries at Brown like John Hay library, John Carter Library, etc. With one million artifacts, the Haffenreffer Museum is one of the most acclaimed university museums in the world.

Residing Options

Brown University is known to have shockingly fewer problems. The rule is that freshmen live in doubles and your comforts and facilities increase as you get older. Dorms are known to be well-managed and are good places to garner endearing friendships. Yes, a lot of dorms may be pretty old but so is Brown University! Some of the most popular residential halls are Perkins, Keeny, Wayland (right next to frats), MoChomp, and EmWool (small and cozy). Living on-campus may cost around $8000 per academic year.

Faculty and pedagogy

BU has a miraculous faculty to student ratio of 7:1 which makes it really easy for students to access professors. Most popular majors at Brown University are Economics, Computer Science, Biology, Entrepreneurial and Political Science. This is a tough school and students mostly work very hard to keep up the score. The environment can get really stressful and one needs to maintain sanity for one's own self. The competition in classes and on campus is very high but there's nothing different to expect from an Ivy league. The research environment is really great at Brown. Some of the popular professors on campus are Allan Bower (Engineering), Barrette Hazeltine (Engineering), Gregory Elliot (Sociology), etc.

Financial aid

Official figures say that approximately 40% of the students get financial aid. Average scholarship received by international students is $44000. But this is for undergraduates. Most of the students in the master's program are self-supported or taking loans. Brown University majorly gives aid on need-based cases. But with that, one also needs perfect GPAs and great score in entrance exams.

Jobs and placements

Average median salary of a post-graduate from Brown University is a whopping $59,700 with some of the biggest companies coming on campus such as Morgan & Stanley, Deloitte, Google, Amazon, Barclays, JPMorgan, Mckinsey and Company, Teach for America etc. 70% of the students are engaged in some kind of employment right after college out of which 68% are into for-profit organizations while 26% go to non-profit sectors.


Having over 32,000 (Over 9000 graduate applicants out of which 2000 are selected) applicants every year, Brown University is an Ivy league that has the ball in its court at all points. If you get into it, you say yes for sure. Unless you are also getting into the other top three Ivy universities or you find the high tuition fees unaffordable and are unable to get a scholarship. Once you are in, you'll need to keep your head in the right place, so as to neither get intimidated nor take things for granted.

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