Brown students “feel a sense of responsibility to serve society in meaningful, thoughtful capacities.” The university has a culture that “facilitates social justice principles”; the general population is very politically liberal, and the school is “all about encouraging self-expression, self-exploration, and embracing diversity.” People “aren’t just book smart, but actually interesting outside of the classroom in a lot of ways,” and there is a great deal of cross-disciplinary socializing and engagement. While there is definitely a “quirky,” “hippy” vibe, the school draws all kinds of students and “everyone fits in as one part of the great big patchwork quilt of personalities.”
Life at Brown is constantly busy—“but a welcome sort of busy.” These “very friendly” students are extremely active in clubs and service. The size of the student body means there are a lot of familiar faces and large friend groups, but “always people you have yet to meet, even within your year.” The typical Brown student “is intelligent and can work when work needs to be done,” but also knows how to have fun, whether that means “going to basement parties, hanging out with friends, or going to the numerous concerts/events across campus.” There are parties, but “there’s always something to do that doesn’t involve alcohol.” “There’s hardly ever a shortage of events—or the free food that usually comes with those events,” says a student. Many students choose to live in Theme Houses (which are formed around an issue or activity) or Program Houses (centered around common interests). Sporting events “are not very popular, though many people do go to the homecoming football game,” and there is a very large LGBTQAA+ population that “is a very normal part of the student body [with] lots of love all around.” Providence is a small, quaint seaside city that is home to several other colleges and has easy rail access to Boston.