Brown University

Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2008

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Monday, August 11, 2008

We woke up early to give ourselves plenty of time to find Brown and park, which was a smart move. After a student-led tour, we didn't stay for the crowded info session, hoping to hit the Brown bookstore for souvenirs before we raced to our next stop, Williams. Unfortunately, it was some Rhode Island state holiday today, so the bookstore was closed.  Nota bene: If you ever find yourself in Providence and you want to visit Brown, do not attempt to drive to campus in a 38-foot RV. The streets are curvy, narrow, and encased in trees, not to mention the fact that the school is located on top of what's called "College Hill." More like a mountain, it seemed to us.

Shelby's College Rating:
Campus: Decent, small campus in a nice city, but nothing exciting. It was short on old, pretty buildings, and there was lots of construction. My parents noticed immediately that this was the dirtiest of the campuses we'd been to, a trait which I hadn't picked up on. Score: 2.5 out of 5
Academics: Very flexible, but so much so that it has a reputation for being lazy. I need rigor. Other than that, a new Institute for Ancient Studies opens next year, which is interesting, and apparently lots of opportunities for research and study. Score: 4 out of 5.
Financial: Like all the Ivy's, it's expensive but has lots of aid available. We didn't get much info other than that. Score: 4 out of 5.
Other: Seems like a friendly student community, but really, there wasn't anything exciting here. Score: 2 out of 5.
Average Score: 3.125 / 5
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