Brown University was founded in 1764, the seventh college in the U.S., and now enrolls 7000 undergraduates and 1650 graduate and medical students. This "university college" model combines the advantages of a smallIvy League college, such as faculty accessibilityand a lively atmosphere, with the resources of a number of world-class graduate programs. These include the programs in Neuroscience, Psychology, Applied Math, Computer Science, and Biology, and a Medical School recently ranked first in the nation in family medicine. The undergraduate program is distinguished by its flexible New Curriculum.
Brown also offers an active cultural
and lecture program, including the resident Charleston String
multi-cultural dance troupe, the programs of the
Doyle Women's Center, art exhibits at the Bell
Gallery, an electronic music series, a film society, and numerous
Brown's close proximity to the Rhode
Island School of Design (RISD) also contributes to a high, and eclectic,
level of cultural sophistication. New athletic
facilities are outstanding and accessible. The 133-acre campus has
a classic ivy-and-brick architecture organized around secluded quads,
making it a very pleasant place to work.
|City of Providence|
Brown is located on Providence's
historic East Side, surrounded by the largest preserve of colonial-era
architecture in the country. Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a
heretic exiled from Puritan Massachusetts, the city and state have
a history of religious and political tolerance with a seafaring, textile
mill, and industrial base. This tolerance led to the founding of the
first Jewish synagogue
(in Newport) and the founding of the first
Baptist church in America, as well as large Quaker and Catholic
populations, and generations of immigrants. Today Providence is the
second-largest city in New England (population 160,000), located 1
hour from Boston, and 3 hours
York with intact ethnic communities, non-yuppie local color, and
good cheap restaurants.
The main drag near campus is Thayer
Street, with an array of cafes, shops, bookstores, and an independent
film house. A short walk to Wickenden St. reveals a resurgence
of coffeehouses, galleries, a renovated waterfront, and great pizza.
A trip up to Federal Hill
offers superb dining and a touch of classic New England.
Rhode Island, the "biggest little state in the union," can also be enjoyed forits idiosyncrasies, including outstanding roadside vernacular,byways lost in the 1920's and 1720's and entertaining local politics. Rhode Island offers wonderful outdoor activities including biking, sailing, and a large array of public parks. Historic Newport, and the famous Rhode Island beaches, are less than 45 min away.