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“An Ivy League university on the way up, at last”
Review of Brown University

Brown University
Ranked #4 of 124 things to do in Providence
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Owner description: University located in Providence.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Brown University has a fairly undistinguished campus, one hardly in the same league (pun intended) as those of Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, but the central Green is lovely with University Hall (used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War) and the Gothic and Romanesque classroom buildings. The recent brick Geo-Chem buildings to the East are also a wonderful improvement upon the disasters of the Science Library and the dreadful Barus-Holley, which houses Physics and Engineering. The residential quads are attractive pseudo-18th century buildings, but much of the university is spread around in former wood and brick mansions, some of them beautifully painted.

Until the 1960s Brown University was the least popular of the Ivy League schools and not really much of a university. It had a reputation as the place graduates of boarding schools who could not get into other Ivy League schools went, and it drew most of its students from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Then, it created engineering and medical schools (and now lately a school of public health), but it shot up to prominence with the so-called New Curriculum, which meant simply that it had no distribution requirements. During the early '70s applicants were attracted by an Ivy League university that seemed be saying students knew what they wanted and needed, no matter how ignorant or naive they were. Of course, individual departments had rigorous majors (called concentrations at Brown), and the experimental approach gradually tightened loopholes, but rightly or wrongly Brown become and has remained the fourth most popular Ivy school, and with popularity came better students. So the New Curriculum worked, tho' not in the way planned.

Thank George L
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

I went there, how can I rate it any less? Great school, great people, great location, great football.

Thank Sean F
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Was there for a College visit, and really enjoyed the time there. Lovely Campus and many spots to stop and get water or a bite. Very friendly campus and students. The Hill is quite vertical, be prepared to get some exercise if you are a flatlander

Thank GJerz
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Walked around campus with my 13 yr old son as he had a hockey game to play at the college rink. Walked on Thayer street and had a great burrito . Beatiful architecture but just enough that my teen enjoyed the walk ( did stop at Ben and Jerry's to sweeten the deal).

Thank kjwxau
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Even though our kids aren't at the age yet when they're visiting college campuses, we spent a beautiful summer afternoon on campus, and came away with a very favorable impression. Some of the campus reminded us of Harvard's, with the brick-faced buildings surrounding grass-covered quads dotted with sculptures of dead white guys. Other parts brought to mind other urban campuses with streets lined with restaurants from various ethnic groups in order to feed the hungry college kids. We didn't go into any buildings, save a cafeteria, so we can't comment on the classrooms. For us, Brown was a place where we could walk on slate sidewalks amid splendid buildings and leafy trees. This is a picture-perfect campus, and had me (almost) longing to be a college student again, until I reminded myself of all the homework.

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