Brown University: Narrative Description

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Providence, RI 02912
Tel: (401)863-1000
Admissions: (401)863-2378
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1764. Setting: 140-acre urban campus with easy access to Boston. Total enrollment: 8,004. Faculty: 796 (782 full-time, 14 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 15,286 applied, 17% were admitted. 90% from top 10% of their high school class, 98% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 160 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,708 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 306 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 72 other countries, 96% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 6% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 1% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 97% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; liberal arts/general studies; biological/life sciences. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Rhode Island School of Design, Tougaloo College, Wheaton College (MA), Dartmouth Medical School. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $70. Comprehensive fee: $40,047 includes full-time tuition ($30,672), mandatory fees ($901), and college room and board ($8474). College room only: $5302. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3834 per course. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 240 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, coed fraternity; 12% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Community Outreach, Bruin Club, Undergraduate Council of Students, orchestra and chorus, Daily Herald. Major annual events: Spring Weekend, Homecoming, Commencement. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,350 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. John D. Rockefeller Library plus 5 others with 3 million books, 17,000 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

In its early days, Providence was a shipping and shipbuilding town, running the Triangular Trade route with slaves, rum, and molasses between Africa, the West Indies and the colonies. Providence, the second largest city in New England, is the industrial and commercial center in addition to being the capital of Rhode Island. The city is one of the largest manufacturing centers in the world and excels in several branches of the metal and rubber industries. Textile manufacturing is of first importance. Historical sites and points of interest include Cathedral of St. John, Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, John Brown House, the Arcade (oldest shopping center in the U.S.), Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Waterplace Park, the Athenaeum (oldest library in the U.S.), the Rhode Island Historical Society, Round Top Church, and the State House.

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