n the whole, high school is the fine art of answering other people’s questions. But at Brown, we suspect you’re prepared to master something bigger: the electrifying challenge of designing questions of your own – and building unexpected answers that will shape your life.
On a certain hill in Providence, cleverly disguised by mossy brick and ancient trees, hums the most constructively irreverent thinking machine in America. Inspired by their professors, emboldened by each other’s ambitions for change and fueled by their own sense of purpose, our students ask the kind of questions that propel them to provocative intellectual destinations. They are eager to absorb every nuance of the known – and burning to create the new. And they persistently drive themselves to create meaningful change in the world, in the company of a university that does the same.
If all that sounds like fun, you’ve come to the right place.
From its founding in 1764 (making it the seventh oldest college in America) Brown has offered a climate of openness and cooperation. It was the only college that welcomed students of all religious persuasions and remains dedicated to diversity and intellectual freedom. And while the University’s facilities and programs have expanded enormously over the years, Brown is still a relatively small institution with 5,750 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students.
Academically, Brown gives you the freedom to take charge of your own education and actively define the person you want to become. Whether you major in English or Engineering, the requirements for your concentration will be as definite and demanding as you would expect at any leading research institution. But beyond those requirements, you may venture wherever your passion and curiosity inspire you to go, and you have the option to take any class satisfactory/no credit. We offer an enormous array of cross-disciplinary programs and concentrations as well as opportunities to study just down the hill at the Rhode Island School of Design. If you don’t see a concentration you like, or you have a burning interest in a course that doesn’t exist (although there are nearly 2,000 to choose from), you can build your own. And our extraordinary 650 person faculty will be delighted to help you do that.
Brown is also a vibrant residential college where learning takes place inside and beyond the classroom in equal measure. In your first year your residential life at Brown is centered in a freshman unit of 30-50 new students and 3-5 Resident Counselors. After Freshman year, your living options open up with 47 residence halls, language/cultural houses, fraternities, sororities, and cooperative houses. Life outside the residence halls is equally diverse. Brown is home to more than 300 student organizations. Don’t find the thing you want to do? Organize it. Everybody does...
Often described as a “community of communities,” Brown attracts students from every state in the nation and from around the world: 52% are women, about 29% are students of color, more than half receive financial aid (we’re need-blind in admission for US citizens) and all find connections and common ground in the Brown community of communities. Brown students are hard to stereotype – except they’re smart and independent – but the mix works. Students at Brown are routinely noted in surveys as being among the happiest in America.
Why Brown? College can be a series of individual experiences, endured for a stack of good-looking grades. Or it can be much, much more than the sum of its parts, a kaleidoscope of interlocking insights and connections that reveals the beautiful, dynamic patterns of a meaningful life – in a dazzling shade of Brown.
For more information contact www.brown.edu, call us at 401-863-2378, or write to us at Brown University Office of Admission, PO Box 1876, Providence, RI 02912.