Centerfor Alcohol and Addiction St11dies I Institute
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
for Brain Science I Centerfor Excellence in Womens
Health I Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and
Computation I Centerfor Gerontology and Healt/1 Care
Literature - Cultures in English
Research I Centerfor the Study of Human Development I
International Health Institute I Center for Biomedirnl
Engineering I Centerfor Co111p11tatio11al Graphics and
Scientific 'isualization, Science and Teclt11ology I
lIathematics - Computer Science
Cenrerfor 'isio11 Research I Centerfor Co111p11tational
Molecular Biology I Centerfor Geometric Comp11ting I
lliddle East Studies
The Lefscl1etz Centerfor Dy11amical Systems I
Modern Culture and Media
Physics and Philosophy
Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Public Policy and American
Enviro1;111e11tal C h nge luitfative
E11viro111ne11tal Studies I lnstituteifor Molec11/arand
Nanoscale Innovation I Annenberg lllstitlllefor
Reform ·I Ed11cat1onal A l iancefor Et1111ty and Excellence
in the Nation's Schools I folrn Carter Brown Library I
Population Studies and Training Center I Taubman
Center for Public Policy I 1Vatso11 lllstit11tefor
International St11dies I lnitiati•e in Spatial Structures
i11the Social Sciences I Centerfor Statistical Sciences I
Centerfor the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America I
Swearer Centerfor P11blic Service I Wayland
Renaissance and Earl)' fvlodern Studies
Collegiumfor Liberal Learning I Cogut Humanities
Science and Society
Center I John Nicholas Brown Center for the Str1dy of
American Civilization I Centerfor Lang11age Studies I
Center for Latin Amerirnn St11dies I Harriet W
South Asian Studies
Sheridan Centerfor Teaching and Learning I
Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
--. /011ko, ·sk[ nsti'!'._tef"! Archaeology and the Ancient
World I Leadership Alliance I Pembroke Centerfor
Teaching and Researc/1
Freedom can bring a simple rush of relief, like shedding an overloaded backpack. Or it can bring a
complex kind of joy: the freedom to fill you r own pack, the responsibility to make your own map,
and the satisfaction of heading out on your own terms.
Academically, Brown challenges you to take charge o f your own education and actively define
the person you will become. Wheth er you major (what we call "concent rate») in engineering
or english, your requirements will be as definite and d emanding.s you would e:'l. 'ect from any
leading un iversity. But beyond those requirements, you ma)' venture where , er your curiosity
and passion inspire you to go.
When eveq• student in every class really wants to be there - well, honestly, could there be a
more intense or delightful way to learn? (Jow you know why surveys show Brown students
as so unaccountably happy.)
T AKING CHARGE, TAKING RISKS
At Brown, we want )'O U to take bold intellectua l r isks, and we'll help )'OU do that. Y will
experiment with different class schedules at the beginning of each semester during "Shopping
Period. Y may also de, lop Independent Study Projects (ISPs) and Group Independent Study
Projects (GISPs), collaborating with a professor on a subject of your choosing. Finall}'. you can
take "irtually any class under ou r "Satisfactoryl:o Credit" (S/NC) Option. If you could escape
the burden o f being graded, what subjects wou ld you dare to explore?
SPECIAL PROGRAMS / INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING
Hunt fo r the most exciting ideas of your generation - and rou will find most of them glinting
in the unattended spaces that divide academ ic disciplines. At Brown, we offer a spectacular number
of these cross-disciplinary programs and concentrations - from "Business, Entrepreneur
ship, Organizat ions" to "Community Health," from "Urban Studies" to "Science and Society." !any
evoh· d from independent concentrations that students proposed themselves: if you don't see
one you like, hammer out your own.
On a certain hill in Providence, c1ever1y 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 un iversity that does the same.
If 1ill that sounds like}1111,you 'w come to the right place.
For those interested in pursuing a career in medicine, you may choose to combine the open
curriculum concept of Brown (the College) and the competency-based cu rriculum concept
of the Warren Alpert t.ledical School in our eight-year Program in Liberal l'>edical Education
(PLME, pronounced PLEE-mee).
Brown shares College Hill with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISO, pronounced RIZ-dee).
one of the nation finest schools of art and architecture. For decades, Brown and RISD have
expanded their students' options by allowing them to cross-register for classes. Student s also
have th e opt ion to pursue a joint AB/ BFA degree through the five-year Brown/RISO Dual
Degree Program .
And a recent addition to Brown campus, the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative
Arts serves as a catalyst for collaboration between and among the arts, sciences and humanities.
Within the Center, creative thinkers from across disciplines can come together to work
collaboratively, exchange ideas, and create new art forms.
Once, the people most aware of a professor's research were often the tenure committee.
Today, to the great delight of our faculty and the unending benefit of our students, faculty
research is a team sport, and Brown students can't wait to get out on the field.
Through the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards program (UTRA, known loving!}'
as 0 0 - t r a ), you can earn a summer or term -time stipend for helping a professor conduct
research, develop a new course, or teach it. "Through GRPs, or Group Research Projects, you
earn course credit instead.
And because Brown has fewer graduate students than many majo r universities, even the underclassmen can find themselves working with leading professors. Since UTRA began in 1986, it has
engaged more than So% of Brown faculty and more than 1,800 students - bringing new life and
intensity to the classroom, deepening understanding, preparing students for careers tn research and incidentally, offering vivid new knowledge to the world.
+ Characterizing Martian Analogs on Earth: Climate Studies for the Red Planet
+ Archaeology of the Ancient World: Tongobriga Excavation
+ Brown International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM)
+ Radio Astronomy at Brown: The 21em Radio Telescope
+ War and Society: An Annotated Collection of Sources on Greek and
Roman Warfare and Its Impact on Society
+ People Without History: Race and Redevelopment in the Modern US City
+ Brain Representation of Visual Information Across Eye Movements
+ Black Holes, Trumpets, and Turduckening
ADVISING ANO SUPPORT
Y will find at Brown the freedom to build your own flying machine. But if you ever need help
with the blueprint s, you will also find a lot of interesting people eager to help you get off the ground.
As a first-year student , you're assigned both an academic advisor from the faculty and an upperclassman (your "Meiklejohn") to help you make the most of the curriculum . By sophomore
year, you may choose your own faculty advisor. Because Brown prizes teaching, our professors are
strikingly accessible; most students graduate with close and lasting connections to Brown faculty.
Y dorm is an equally rich source of support. Each living unit has at least a Resident Counselor, a
Women's Peer Counselor, and a Minorit y Peer Coun selor. They serve not as the Voice of Authorit y, but
as an open-door resource. And for practical matters - from getting a flu shot to getting a job Brown offers a host of resources, easily accessible on the web.
SerYing the V
Al 146 acres, the Brown campus is plenty big - and the ambitions of our students make it even
bigger. At Brown, community service is something you do because it feels right - and also
because it is inevitably a personal education. And although many students can't imagine leaving
the intellectual pleasures of Brown for a term or two, many others find study abroad a satisfying
complement to their menu of choices at Brown.
OUT OF THE CENTER
Brown is not a "have to" kind of place - so it's especially meaningful that a majority of Brown
students pursue community service. Yfany wor k through the Swearer Center for Public Service,
which tra ins paid student coordinators to direct teams of student volunteers, serving schools and
agencies throughout Providence, RI. Brown students teach kids to read, inspire teenagers to create
their own radio shows. help adult pr isoners express themselves thro ugh theatre, work with cancer
patients to heal their psychological scars, and much more. And if you have another idea? The
Swearer Center can help you make it fly.
A BROAD HORIZON
I f you tug hard enough at our open curriculum, it gets as big as the planet. Approximately onethir d of Brown students spend a semester or a yea r abroad, and your financial aid travels with you!
The University itself sponsors programs in Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, India,
Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Y can also choose from approved alternative programs in more than three dozen countries.
And if your dreams drive you somewhere beyond Brown established bo nds, we urge you to
build a bridge yourself.
of our classes
have 2 0 or fewer students
Brown's Institute for Computational and
Experimental Research (ICERM), funded
by NSF is
Institutes in the
nation and the only one in New England
undergraduates from all
Brown was founded in
colors are brown
0 0 ( athletes
Brown's motto is
In Deo Speramus
(In God We Hope)
In the Class of 2 0 1 2 , 2 1 % graduated
in the Humanities, 2 1 % in Biological
Sciences, 18% in Physical Sciences,
and 40% in Social Sciences
Brown's Physics Department has
Brown offers over
Most common concen tration:.:
and Engineer ing
nroll a maximum of 2 0
students each. Some of our favorite seminar titles:
Phage Hunters, The Simple Art of
Murder, Chicken Little or Armageddon?: Past
and Future Cosmic Threats, Are There Extra
Dimensions Under Y
our Bed?, Inequalities and
Health, Popular Music and Society in Lati n
Over 2 2
of Brown students
Over 8 2 % take at
least two science courses, 9 8 % take at least two humanities
courses, and 9 2 % take at least two social science courses
Brown students really take advantage of the curriculum.
The student faculty ratio is
with more than
6 .8 million items
2 ) 3QQ courses
are available each year
Brown awards near!}
99.5 I l11
per year in need-based scholarship aid
Beyond the Classroom
Question: Why does the official University seal show four open books? Possibly because Brown
students are virtually always doing at least four things al once. Beyond academics, we could call
them "extracurriculars;' but that would make them sound more "extra" than they are. Frankly, as a
Brown student, you can help instigate, cook up, corral, finagle, leverage. critique, steer or refurbish
just about anything in the vicinity that matters - experiences that will leave you with a highly tuned
sense of how to get things done in the actual world. We expect you might enjoy yourself, too.
STUDENT ACTI VITI ES
To connect with the hundreds of student activity groups that give the campus its buzz, one place
to start is the Student Activities Office.
Another is your own head. Although Brown is home to groups covering virtually every inch of
the artistic, literary, theatrical. musical, journalistic, political, international, environmental
, religious, and ethnic spectrum, we'd be delighted to know if you think we've left something out. For
who relish highly competitive Division One Intercollegiate pla} we field 37 varsity teams. For those
who take their sports more lightly, we offer a wide range of intramural, recreational and
instructional options. And if you prefer to perspire individually, the state-of-the-art Nelson Fitness
Center debuted in 2 0 1 2 .
When you're almost
years old, you're expected to have a certain dignity and grandeur, and
we do. But we also have the first university band that performs on ice skates, a club that will
happil}' teach you to juggle flaming torches, an a cappella group that sings only pirate sea
shanties, and a long tradition of unconnected antics all ascribed to Josiah S. Carberry, legendary
profe,ssor of psychoceramics (the study of cracked pots).
Residential Life and Community
l n college as in life, you want a balanced djet: a rich variety of coursework. Some nice fresh
research. A tangy salad of activities. The comfort food of friendship. And maybe something hot
and sweet, as well.
What holds it all together? The sturdy platter of everyd ay (jving - places like the new Stephen
Robert ' 6 2 Campus Center where you eat, sleep, study, hang, play games and every now and then
do absolutely nothing at all.
At Brown, you'll live on campus for at least your first six semesters. As an incoming student, you'll
share a "Freshman Unjt" with 4 0 - 6 0 members of your class. (Like all our dorms, each Freshman Unit
includes at least one Residential Peer Counselor, one Minority Peer Counselor, and one Women Peer
Counselor, and a faculty fellow, as well.) Sophomore and ju nior years, your living options open up:
alone or with your friends, you can enter the lottery for University housing. You can join one of
Brown i o fraternities, sororities and co-ed Greek societies. Or you can find your place in one of the
nine "theme» houses that focus on shared interests, from a specific language and culture to art,
literature, faith, technology, or the environment. (Theme houses tend to have a lot of personality.)
As a senior, you'll also have the option of living off campus; a little over half of seniors do. Visit
reslife.brown.edu for more information.
L EMONGRASS AND P IZZA
I f you're looking for a meal on campus, you could ask for the Sharpe Refectory or the VerneyWolley Dining Hall - but you'll sound like a native if you ask for the Ratty or the V-Dub. All
freshmen enroll in the meal plan, which offers kosher and vegetarian options with every meal;
you can use your meal credits at our snack bars as well, open until 2:0 0 AM. I f you have more
specific cravings, the neighborhood boasts an array of small restaurants - or you can use your
dorm's kitchen to whip up something tasty yourself.
A word of advice? Don't bring your car. Y won't need it, and you'll go nuts trying to find a
place to park!
orld and T
Together with your classmates, on a certain day in early summer, you will pour through the Van
fickle gates into the arms of the world. Together, you will zoom and stroll and stride off to an
exh ilarating number of adventures - the kind you get paid for and the kind
you will discover that not everyone embraces the world with the intrepid curiosity of you and your
friends from Brown.
And whatever trail ) OU cut - through the underbrush of ordinary expectations to the ver y height
of your abilities - it will belong to nobody but you.
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
POST-GRADUAT O N PLANS FOR
THE CLASS OF 2 0 1 2
of Brown graduates
who applied to medi cal
school were admitted 80%
65% went directly into full-time employment
attended graduate/professional school
chose Iravel/ volunteer work/other
the national admission rate is 4 5""·
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9 1 % of Brown graduates
TOP GRADUATE SCH O O L FIELDS
who applied to law sch ool
were admitted - the national
admission rate is 74.6 0.
Teaching + Education
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• O O O O O U -
TOP EMPLOYMENT CHOI ES
FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSH PS W O N BY MEMBERS
O F THE CLASS OF 2 0 1 2
O F THE CLASS O F 2 0 1 2
• Finance + Banking
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship
• Science + Research
• Sports + Entertainment
• Communications + Media
• Healthcare + Public Health
• Arts + Arts Admin istration
• Law/ Legal Services
• Advertising, Marketing + Public Relations
• Construction , Manufacturing + Retail
• Community Activism + Organizing
J. Zuccon i ' ; 5 Fellowship
• Fulbright Fellowship
• Fasset Fellow for Providence Singers 2 0 1 2 - 1 3
• Anne Crosby Emery Fellowship
• Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA ) Fellowship
• Harry S. Truman Scholarship
• Harvey Baker Fellowship
• Rhodes Scholarship
• Winston Churchill Scholarship
«Brown's distinctive approach to education demands that
students take responsibility for their own intellectual
and creative development. As a result, our graduates
are prepared to thrive as independent, innovative leaders
in a wide range of careers.»
- PRESIDENT C H R ISTIN A PAXSO N
The crocuses come out first. Then the flip-flops. Then a green mist of hopeful leaves and the blush
of the magnolias. (Technically they're false magnolias, but we'll take what we can get.) Frisbees arc
by like the official Universi ty bird. Just for contrast, the occasiona l suited administrator hurries past.
At a certain lime of year, you turn onto the Main Green and there's no point in resisting the slowmotion loveliness, the sense of arriving at the happiest, most welcoming un-party you e ever seen.
Perched at the top of College Hill, the University is blessed with first-rate sunsets and centuries of
beautiful buildings. It nestles among the most gracious neighborhoods in Providence or, frankly, anywhere. From the top of the Science Library, you can actually see the Bay.
For an eclectic mix of funky shops. upscale boutiques, independent movie theaters, cool bookstores, ethni c restaurants, and cafes - the unique and the pleasantly corporate - stroll to nearby
Thayer Street. (Please note that at Brown, any place in Rhode Island deser ves the term "nearby.") Just
down the hill, Providence proper boasts ambitious new restaurants and one of the largest, hip- pest
malls in New England. By train, bus or car, Boston is an easy day trip (just over an hour), and you
can plug into the cultural and professional intensity of New Y
ork in less than three and a half.
Really, what more could you ask than to go to school at the intersection of Hope and Power streets?
Applying to Brown
Brown is a member of the Common Application Consortium, and first-year applicants may apply for
admission under Early Decision or Regular Decision. Early Decision is a plan under which students
apply by No"ember 1 and receive an admission decision by mid-December. This is intended for students who consider Brown their top choice and therefore are willing to make a binding commitment to
attend Brown if admitted. Early Decision is reserved for applicants who have not applied to any
other Early Decision program. Under our Regular Decision plan, students apply by January 1 and are
notified of their decisions by April
Regular Decision applicants may appl)' to multiple schools at the
same time, and ha'e the opportunity to choose Brown among other options, if admitted.
FI NAN C L A ID AT BROW N
Brown's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that no
student who has earned the opportunity to be at Brown will encounter cost as a barrier. Brown's
need-blind admission policy means that an applicant's ability to pay for education will not be a
factor in our admission decision. The policy applies to all freshman applicants who are US citizens
o r Permanent Residents. Eligibility for financial aid at Brown is based solely on need, and we are
committed to meeting
1 0 0"<> of demonst rated
financial need for all undergraduates. Brown, as a
member of the Ivy League, does not offer financial aid based on academ ic achievement, athletic
ability, or any other form of merit.