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Brown University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 226 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $106,311)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $76,448)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 69 98 - -
Baseball 26 - - -
Basketball 12 15 - Yes
Equestrian - 30 - -
Fencing 14 16 - -
Field Hockey - 21 Yes -
Football 93 - - -
Golf 8 9 - Yes
Gymnastics - 15 - -
Ice Hockey 25 22 Yes Yes
Lacrosse 36 25 Yes -
Rowing 48 63 - -
Skiing - 9 Yes -
Soccer 23 26 Yes Yes
Softball - 16 - Yes
Squash 11 14 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 22 30 - -
Tennis 11 12 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 20 Yes Yes
Water Polo 17 16 - Yes
Wrestling 21 - - -
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.1%
Hispanic 8.0%
Non-resident alien 13.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 11.2%
Two or more races 2.0%
White/non-Hispanic 46.1%
Percent of students with disability 7%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 20 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 1
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 9
Property Crime 40

Notable Alumni

  • Charles Evans Hughes [Class of 1910], Former Supreme Court justice
  • Duncan Sheik [Class of 1992], Singer/songwriter
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. [Class of 1983], Son of John F. Kennedy
  • Laura Linney [Class of 1986], Academy Award nominated actress
  • Lisa Loeb [Class of 1990], Singer/songwriter
  • Robert Conley [Class of 1953], Founder of NPR
  • Ted Turner [Class of 1960], Media mogul
  • Todd Haynes [Class of 1985], Writer/director
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. [Class of 1897], Philanthropist, son of John D. Rockefeller
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Junior from WNY
  • 4
  • The open atmosphere at Brown carries into dorms as well. Most everyone is friendly and greets each other with a smile. The facilities themselves, however, leave a bit to be…

  • Jul-20-2012 Read More
  • Lauren
  • 4
  • depending on the dorm you get, you can be living in paradise or living in a beer-strewn hallway. i particularly like where i live since even though it is far…

  • Mar-07-2012 Read More
  • Amber from TX
  • 4
  • I've had good experiences in the dorms so far. I live in quiet housing (a type of specialty dorm). Some dorm rooms are quite small and I have heard…

  • Jun-03-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Brown Student
  • Jan-18-2015 I am a current student here

    With six dining halls, there is always a lot to choose from at all hours. Vegan and kosher meals are also available. Overall, the food is pretty good and having variety helps keep students from getting food boredom, but if that does happen, a short walk takes students to several restaurants on Thayer Street.

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  • 3
  • Rakel from Hawley, PA
  • Jan-01-2015 I am a current student here

    There are a lot of great dining options, but the buffet style commons aren't always good.

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  • 2
  • Vivian from South Windsor, CT
  • Jun-10-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at Brown is sub-par. The Ratty (the main dining hall) usually contains unfortunately overcooked, dry, or awkwardly-seasoned materials. Sadly, the fault lies in the fact that the dining services try to achieve fancy dishes that end up being, frankly, very off. If there was one tip I would give Brown's dining services it would be try for simplicity. People like just plain mashed potatoes, plain steam vegetables, and well-cooked, unadulterated meat options.

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  • 4
  • May-02-2014 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Known to be quite good.

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  • 4
  • Paige from Jersey City, NJ
  • Mar-31-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty decent, no matter what everyone complains about. There is a variety available in the dining halls, and the more fast-food type places on campus have tastier dishes.

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  • 3
  • Josephine from Bowling Green, OH
  • Feb-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Meal plan is kinda a rip-off. The eateries have good food, but the large dining halls fall short. Good vegetarian options, but harder to be vegan.

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  • 3
  • Keston from Brooklyn, NY
  • Jan-13-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is ok. Some days are better than others, but you do have a lot of options. They accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

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  • 4
  • Quinn Li from Canajoharie, NY
  • Jan-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is good but it gets repetitive in the dining halls. The key is to use meal credits at other places like Joe's or the Blue Room. But you'll learn more about that when you arrive in September ;).

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Vivian from South Windsor, CT
  • Jun-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life at Brown is quite small. With a handful of fraternities, co-eds, and sororities, it makes up a minority of the school's population. As a member of greek life on campus, I have found that it has only enhanced my experience. Hazing (from my experience in sorority life) is nonexistent, and the community engendered from being a part of such a group and the greek community at large just provides more opportunity for close-knit relationships, social experiences, networking, and philanthropy on campus.

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  • 0
  • Paige from Jersey City, NJ
  • Mar-31-2014 I am a current student here

    Not a major part of campus life, but it does exist! There are a few fraternities, sororities, and a co-ed literary society. Greek life is typically concentrated in a specific area on campus--Wriston Quad--and for those not involved in the frats, they are known for throwing great themed parties from time to time. I know some of them are more known for community service and providing networking opportunities for their members, while others seem to be huge partying houses all the time. It really varies, like anything else at Brown.

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  • 0
  • August
  • Jan-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Superb. They have social events almost weekly and are very friendly.

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  • 0
  • Keston from Brooklyn, NY
  • Jan-13-2014 I am a current student here

    There are fraternities and sororities but they don't dominate campus social life. The majority of people don't pledge.

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  • 0
  • Quinn Li from Canajoharie, NY
  • Jan-07-2014 I am a current student here

    Small but existent. The frats party. The sororities throw events. It's more of another set of clubs though instead of a group that run the school.

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  • 0
  • Rebekah
  • Jul-19-2013 I am a past student here

    Not the best, but it definitely exists

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