Q:Is weed super prevalent on campus? Everyone jokes about Brown being the Ivy for stoners and potheads, but I was just curious about how true that is. And on the note of drugs/ partying, what is the social scene really like? Is it more focused around groups of friends hanging out, or are there your typical college parties too?
There are definitely a lot of people on campus who smoke or have smoked. That being said, there are also plenty of people who do not. You will have multiple interactions with both types of people, and it really won’t make a difference.
As a freshman, you’ll find in the beginning of the year that you are at more “typical college parties” at the frats and athletic houses. Eventually, people will begin extending dorm room pregames into full fledge parties with their groups of friends. Also, once you join activities and meet upperclassmen, you’ll begin to attend more intimate parties. However, the frats and athletic houses are always still there if you’re in the mood or there’s nothing else to do.
Q:Hi there! I applied to Brown ED and I'm going to have an alumni interview next week. I was wondering what advice you could give me, especially because I've heard that alumni interviews are generally hard. While I'm pretty good at holding a conversation and presenting myself well, I'm still really nervous! Thank you!
Hello! Honestly, the only thing you can really do is be yourself (cheesy, right?) The alumni conducting the interviews are just regular people who loved Brown, so be prepared to talk about why you love it, too! They’ll ask you about your classes, activities, etc., and feel free to ask them questions. They’ll love that! Otherwise, there’s not much else to prepare for!
Q:Hi! I would just like to say a quick thank you for running such an amazing and informative blog. Anyway, I applied ED around a week ago. Even though decisions are announced next month, I find myself constantly thinking about my application and whether it's good enough, if I screwed anythings, etc. I'm a bit of a worrier when it comes to things, but do you have any advice on what I can do during this time - I guess I'll call it "waiting period" - until December comes?
This period of time is going to suck, no question. You just have to remember that it is completely out of your hands now, and you did all you could. This is a great time to focus on friends and family, especially with the holidays. I remember my group of friends having little get togethers and movie nights to reward ourselves for working so hard! Just relax!
Q:What is a concentration exactly? Will I be able to concentrate in a science (more specifically, biology), while still be able to incorporate a visual arts (such as drawing) into it without specifically concentrating in the visual arts?
Concentration = major. You can definitely concentrate in Biology and also take classes in visual arts. That’s the beauty of the Open Curriculum, my friend.
Q:Hello, I am interested in medicine and biology (and also marine biology/oceanography), and I believe I read that Brown has a dual admission for 7 or 8 years for undergraduate AND graduate school for medicine. If this is accurate, how do I apply for this program via Commonapp? Will I still be able to find scholarships as well? And how does this exactly work? Thank you much. -AW
Yup, you’re talking about the Program in Liberal Medical Education, aka PLME. According to their website, “applying to the PLME is tantamount to applying to the College and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at the same time. Students who expect to apply to other medical schools should not apply to the PLME, which is an eight-year educational program.”
You can apply for this program via the CommonApp, and there are two additional essays for PLME applicants. As for financial aid, the website makes the following statement: “While the primary responsibility for payment of medical education rests with each student and his or her family, the Medical School provides financial aid from several sources, including scholarships, low-interest, subsidized loans, non-subsidized loans, and part-time employment.”
Q:Hello! I was thinking of applying Early Decision to Brown for a few months now, but now my parents think I should just do regular decision. They read the statement on the website that says that your chances do not increase with ED, however, I feel like they would because applying ED shows Brown that you are dedicated to the school. I have no idea if this is true?! I know you aren't admissions officers, but could you offer your personal thoughts on Early Decision? Thanks :)
If you’re die-hard about Brown and absolutely without a doubt know it’s the place for you, apply Early Decision. While ED does show that you’re committed to Brown, applying Regular Decision isn’t a bad choice. It gives you more time to really polish your application and whatnot. Bruno and I both applied Regular Decision. It really just comes down to a matter of preference. I think if I had finished my application for ED, I might have applied then. But obviously I was lazy, haha. Totally up to you though. Best of luck applying!
Q:How hard is it really to get into Brown?
How hard are eggs when you boil them?
Q:So I am a transguy who would like to apply to Brown but I don't know how to go about doing it. I am just not sure how to approach it from an application standpoint. I will be using my birth name since that is still my legal name, but do you have any suggestions as to what I should do about the rest (essays and such)? Should I be open and straightforward about it? Should I just not mention it? I am not sure.
I recommend doing whatever you feel comfortable with. Brown is incredibly appreciative of people from all types of backgrounds, and it definitely would not hurt your application at all if you chose to be honest about it. Over the summer, I was an RA, and I met a couple of attendees who identified as transgender. So really, it’s just a matter if you want to address it or not. Completely fine either way!
Q:This page is awesome, first of all. Brown is my top choice and I'm finishing up my application for ED but I'm really not at all sure if I'll get in seeing as I'm not top 10% of my class or anything like that. Anyway I was wondering if you had any last minute advice? Wish me luck :)
Be true to yourself and your application! And don’t let the verdict get you down too much. No matter where you go, you will make a lovely impact on the campus!
Q:Homesick freshman here! I just got word that it's snowing in my hometown. When can we expect the snow to fly here in PVD?
As you’ve probably noticed by now, Providence has incredibly erratic weather. The year of 2011, it snowed on Halloween, but not after that. Earlier this year, we had a blizzard. I wish I could assure you that it will snow, but for now, I would probably YouTube videos of snow falling to make you feel better. (this one looks promising!)