College Tour: Brown University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

The vibrant artistic, political, and cultural scenes of historic Providence, Rhode Island provide the perfect setting for the cutting-edge curriculum of one of the nation’s oldest universities. Brown’s open curriculum places an enormous amount of trust in students to shape their own education, eschewing general education requirements to pave the way for opportunities to pursue any and all interests. Appealing to students’ desires to explore academically, Brown’s encouragement of interdisciplinary work allows students to discover and delve into particular passions in a concentration, from Modern Culture and Media to Egyptology and Assyriology. And if the nearly 80 options don’t encompass students’ passions, they can devise their own independent concentrations. The initiative of Brown’s undergraduates has resulted in 300-plus student groups, ranging from student-produced plays and musicals to daily and weekly independent newspapers. Brown’s Division I, Ivy-League athletics program is the nation’s largest for female athletes, with 20 varsity teams for women and 17 for men, alongside intramural and club sports. The community-oriented university allows students to take innovative, service-based classes, volunteer downtown, or even enroll in classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. Reconciling exciting innovation in student-initiated research and longstanding traditions like Spring Weekend Concerts, Brown sets the stage for the complete, individualized college experience.

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

DIVERSE, HISTORIC, METROPOLITAN, OPEN, & BUSTLING.

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Self-motivated, curious, and actively engaged in the community.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Last year, over 475 students studied abroad, and more than 2,000 students engaged in foreign language study. 1,450 international students studied at Brown this year, signifying the university’s encouragement of expanding academic and personal perspectives through diverse cultural experiences.

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Brown’s supplements ask you to expand on why you’re drawn to a particular area of study at Brown University, as well as where you’ve lived and an activity that you’ve done. Use these prompts to show how you’ve embodied the Brown spirit of responsibility, open-mindedness, and agency in education, which opportunities at the school most excite you, and what you can bring to the campus, be it a refreshing perspective or a great sense of humor. 

FUN FACTS?

Brown is home to the Ivy League’s first pole dancing troupe: the Poler Bears.

 

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