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Brown University

United States
  • 52 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 54 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 52 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 47 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 49 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 51 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 53 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was the first college in the United States to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation. Engineering program was the first in what is now known as the Ivy League.

Undergraduate admissions is among the most selective in the country. Brown's international programs are organized through the Watson Institute for International Studies, and is academically affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Rhode Island School of Design. The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, offered in conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, is a five-year course that awards degrees from both institutions.

Campus information

Brown students are curious and engaged; active involvement outside the classroom is central to Brown’s culture. A huge variety of student organizations, activities and events, athletics, exhibitions and performances, and educational opportunities keep campus lively. Each day brings new experiences that allow students to engage their passions. Brown’s close-knit community is reflected in its housing and dining systems. Students live in residence halls arranged on scenic, grassy quads and courtyards. Historic Providence neighbourhoods offer apartments for graduate and medical students, and some upper-year students who live off-campus. Brown’s two major dining halls are called the Sharpe Refectory and the Verney-Woolley that serve tasty options all day, and are supplemented by snack carts and late-night eateries across campus.

The office of Campus Life & Student Services oversees many of the events, services, programs and initiatives that make Brown home: health and wellness, campus and community involvement, spiritual life, and a network of support. Brown University has many galleries, shops, and restaurants supply convenience, enrichment, and entertainment.

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island.


Brown University offers housing on and off campus. There are two types of housing:

  • Residential Life : Brown’s housing system is full of variety and services a vibrant, diverse community. First-year undergrads live with a roommate in close-knit “units” of 50 to 60 first-years. Through an annual “housing lottery,” students in upper years pick their exact room, whether a private single or with friends in a suite or apartment.
  • Off-Campus Living : Many seniors and graduate students live near campus in either Brown-owned or non-University apartments or houses.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 6


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