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Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island, Brown University is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the U. S. It is a highly esteemed private university located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. The campus of Brown has 238 buildings and covers 143 acres in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.

Brown is comprised of three schools, offering more than 90 programs of study. Each year it enrolls more than 5, 000 students in the Undergraduate College, over 1, 500 in the Graduate School and more than 300 in the Medical School. The students represent all 50 states and many foreign countries.

The sports teams of the university are nicknamed the Brown Bears. They participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Ivy League athletic conference.

Profile of Brown University

Brown is found in Providence, RI. Providence is a medium-sized city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Doctoral degree at Brown.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Brown is known for its programs in mathematics, science, drama and performing arts, fine arts, and liberal arts.

Brown Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 14% of those who apply who get accepted. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 660. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 670 and 770.


Brown maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Brown is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 8, 167 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Brown. The school has a residential or campus feel. Brown offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Ivy Group.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college. "

Brown Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts823history, international relations, economics, political science, English, anthropology, sociology, creative writing, . . .
Science335biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, marine biology, . . .
Medicine180medicine, neuroscience, public health, public health courses
Business and Management125managerial economics, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship
Engineering117engineering, biomedical engineering, various engineering courses, archeology, engineering physics
Therapy and Counselling91psychology, cognitive psychology, medical ethids
Computer Science and Engineering72computer and info science, computer support
Mathematics72applied mathematics, mathematics, applied mathematics courses, mathematics and computer science, statistics
Religion and Philosophy62philosophy, religion, Jewish studies, philosophy and religious studies
Family and Social Work47public policy analysis, community organization
Fine Arts45art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Drama and Performing Arts41drama
Education and Teaching37education, elementary school teaching, urban education, social studies teaching, multilingual Education
Medical administration31community health
Art Studies21art studies
Conservation and Resource Management16environmental science, environmental studies
Architecture and Planning16architecture

Contact: Brown

Brown University

Prospect St

Providence, RI 02912

General Phone: (401) 863-1000


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