Q:Is it true brown accepts act scores in lieu of sat scores?
Is it true that tomatoes are scientifically fruits?
(Hint: in both cases, the answers are yes.)
Q:Does Brown give it's undergrads individualized attention? I recently got accepted to the class of 2018 (yaaayyy!), and Brown's been my first choice for as long as I knew about it, but I'm worried about losing the community and focused attention of a LAC, such as Wellesley or Haverford. Any insight? Thank you :)
A focus on undergraduate education is one of the many things Brown boasts. Undergraduates compose over 6,000 while graduates are under 2,000, making its undergrad student body proportionally the largest as compared with other ivies. To that point, all professors are required to teach at least one undergrad class while at other universities you may find that some of the best professors are more interested in graduate teaching and research.
On a smaller level, there are tons of ways in which undergrads get individual attention, including its advisor program. Each professor, and even deans!, are required to hold office hours/open hours, where students can come in and discuss issues/comments/concerns/questions with them. Additionally, most research positions are given to undergraduates (although grad students are typically present to assist) to make sure they receive necessary experience.
Q:All this talk about people getting into Brown during this admissions cycle is really freaking me out 0_0 I'm probably applying ED for the class of 2019 and my stress levels are so far off the charts I think I broke every chart available. Any tips for staying sane during the admissions process (even when that admissions process hasn't actually started yet)?
Honestly, I would say focusing on the present. During senior year, it’s very easy to get obsessed with the future and what’s to come because it’s so close and is going to be amazing! But, honestly, senior year can be one of the best years of your life. Looking back, it seems so short and I wish I’d focused more on all the great memories I was building with my friends and family.
I would also recommend getting everything done as early as possible so you’re not freaking out about last minute deadlines.
Lastly, just have confidence in your abilities and know that everything will work out in the end.
Q:How is brown alerting students on the waiting list of their acceptance or rejection. Is it by email?
Uh it’s a little late by now, kid. Try calling them.
If you’ve been taken off the waitlist, they usually will send a giant package in the mail that has all the necessary info you need to know. I don’t know what they do for rejections though.
Q:Would you consider a blog an extracurricular activity? Like one that I put all my efforts in and consumes most of my time? I have a blog very similar to the Humans of New York but it's based in Arizona and deals with race and immigration issues.
If you do it outside of school and your set educational curriculum - it’s extra”curricular”. If you’re proud of it, talk about it.
Q:do you know anything about the party scene for summer@brown? like do kids drink or smoke or go to parties at all?
Well, sure! That’s definitely an option if you want to be kicked out of the program and be required to write on your Common App that you were kicked out of an ivy league institution summer program for drinking/smoking/going to a party. (And yes, that is strictly enforced.)
If you’re looking for fun things to do, trips to attend, etc. during your time here, please check out the Guidebook program, which can be found here: https://guidebook.com/guide/20559/
Basically, don’t do that stuff while you’re here.
<3 a Summer@Brown RA
Q:I'm a bit confused, if you sign up for a CAP course, is the instructor automatically your adviser?
"Brown’s Curricular Advising Program allows first-year students to enroll in a course taught by a faculty member who is also their academic advisor. Many first-year students find the advising process more natural and easy when their academic advisor is also one of their teaching professors for the fall or spring semester. ” via
Q:bucket list to do things at brown before you graduate
Here’s a pretty sweet bucket list from our friends over at Blog.
Q:Can freshmen take 5 classes first semester? I was under the impression that they were (I know the recommended course load is 4, but I just wanted to know what my options are). I'm only doubting myself because an admissions officer told us freshmen aren't allowed to register for 5 by their adviser.
As far as I know you can take five, but definitely check with your advisor if you are unsure.
Q:do houses ever throw theme parties (i.e. 90s night, alter ego)? just curious!
Themed parties I remember from this year:
- Game of Thrones
- Bear-ly dressed
- The Great Fratsby
- Too Soon party
- Top Gun
- Fire and Ice
- Toga party
- Harry Potter
And a long list of others I’m forgetting. Many of these parties are thrown every year, like the Harry Potter party that is thrown every year during Halloweekend - not to mention Body Chem, the chemistry themed party with test tubes of hard liquor (this is the party where the majority of bad freshman decisions are made).
Happy partying, my friends.
Q:Can you sit in on a class you didn't sign up for?
You mean during shopping period? Yes, this is the whole point. You are literally shopping for classes, so you can try out any and every class you are interested in until shopping period is over. You sign up for four classes during pre-registration, but you can choose drop that class and add another if you want.
Q:hi! do you know about the modern culture & media major? do you know an estimate of how many students graduate from the department each year?
Hello! I do happen to know quite a bit about the MCM concentration. The undergrad concentration is divided in to two tracks: one which focuses on more theory and the other on production. Each requires 11 courses, which are pretty easy to satisfy because for many requirements you can go outside the department.
Everyone has to take Intro to MCM which, admittedly, pretty much blows if you are not in to very long/hard readings and a not-so-great lecturer but do not be perturbed! Most of the other MCM classes rock and are well worth having to sit through one semester of a bad intro class. Electives usually cover very interesting themes and have great professors who are very experienced.
Many classes require screenings which are kind of a pain because they take three hours out of whatever night you go to. (But, you can usually just watch the movies/clips online, although your professors will tell you not to.) Classes tend to be 50 minutes and have discussion sections with TAs.
The number of graduates varies from year to year, but there are currently 28 MCM concentrators in the senior class if that helps.