Brown University in Providence

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Sayles Hall © Filetime

Sayles Hall © Filetime

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Brown is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Admission is among the most selective in the United States; in 2021, the university reported an acceptance rate of 5.4%.

At its foundation, Brown was the first college in North America to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation. The university’s medical program is the third-oldest in New England, while its engineering program is the oldest in the Ivy League. The university was one of the early doctoral-granting U.S. institutions in the late 19th century, adding masters and doctoral studies in 1887. In 1969, Brown adopted its Open Curriculum after a period of student lobbying. The new curriculum eliminated mandatory “general education” distribution requirements, made students “the architects of their own syllabus” and allowed them to take any course for a grade of satisfactory (Pass) or no-credit (Fail) which is unrecorded on external transcripts. In 1971, Brown’s coordinate women’s institution, Pembroke College, was fully merged into the university.

The university comprises the College, the Graduate School, Alpert Medical School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies. Brown’s international programs are organized through the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and the university is academically affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Rhode Island School of Design. In conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown offers undergraduate and graduate dual degree programs.

Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice © Filetime/cc-by-sa-4.0 Brown University School of Public Health on Providence River © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 John Hay Library © Filetime/cc-by-sa-4.0 Lyman Hall (1890–92), houses the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 Marston Boathouse on Seekonk River © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 Robinson Hall © chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0 Sayles Hall © Filetime Soldiers Memorial Gate © Marco Almbauer Three dormitories, Metcalf Hall (1919), Andrews Hall (1947), and Miller Hall (1910), now serve as freshman residences © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0 University Hall, the oldest building © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Wilbour Hall (1888), Department of Egyptology and Assyriology © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Three dormitories, Metcalf Hall (1919), Andrews Hall (1947), and Miller Hall (1910), now serve as freshman residences © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0
Brown’s main campus is located in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The university is surrounded by a federally listed architectural district with a dense concentration of Colonial-era buildings. Benefit Street, which runs along the western edge of the campus, contains one of the richest concentrations of 17th and 18th century architecture in the United States.

As of November 2019, eight Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with Brown as alumni, faculty, or researchers, as well as seven National Humanities Medalists and ten National Medal of Science laureates. Other notable alumni include 26 Pulitzer Prize winners, 17 billionaires, one U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, four U.S. Secretaries of State, 99 members of the United States Congress, 57 Rhodes Scholars, 52 Gates Cambridge Scholars, 50 Marshall Scholars, and 15 MacArthur Genius Fellows.

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