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.
So guys. Gala is coming (on March 15th) and it’s Moulin Rouge themed.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, they’re on sale in the Faunce Underground this week from 10 am to 4 pm!
We’re excited. You should be too.
Q:Is it possible to create an independent major in nursing at Brown?
Possibly? Becoming an RN takes a lot of practical classes that would be basically impossible to fulfill at Brown, but a Bachelors of Science in Nursing is a little more liberal. I really doubt that it’s realistic though. Go for a Bachelors in Public Health or Biology.
Q:are classes ever cancelled if snow gets too bad?
Brown has indeed had its fair of snowdays. Do whatever snow dance ritual you can think of, because it looks there’s a chance of a cancellation tomorrow!
Q:What was your initial reaction to being accepted to Brown University? (The thought of being accepted brings a tingly feeling to my stomach.)
I had gotten into Cornell about half an hour earlier and started cursing insanely because I got into an Ivy League and when Brown’s website finally got its sh** together, I just started bellowing out expletives and texting my friends and hugging my mom. I actually had no clue what school I would pick at the time, so I was sort of confused and overwhelmed.
Q:I heard that Brown was ranked as the "most fashionable ivy" by some magazine. Do you agree with this ranking? Are people very cautious of what they wear?
If you like fashion, Brown is a great place to be. We have designers and fashionistas all over campus. Personally, I like to dress well and on trend and find that I can see style inspiration all around me.
However, my freshman year I dated someone who only wore pajama pants after 4 pm. Clearly no one is going to feel self conscious if they don’t want to be involved in the fashion scene. Caution makes it sound like people will judge you if you aren’t fashionable and I don’t think that’s true. If you want to be fashionable and around fashionable people, it’s totally possible. If not, no one will care.
And during finals week, don’t expect anyone to look good.
Q:Hi there! I'm just entering my senior year and have finally decided that Public Policy Analysis will be the the undergrad route for me (YAAAAY!) To your knowledge, what is the program like at Brown? How is the Taubman Center? (Thanks for the awesome blog, btw!)
At first I thought you meant you were entering your senior year at Brown and I was momentarily terrified about the fact that you were just declaring now, haha. Public Policy is a cool concentration. The introduction class is horrible, apparently, which puts a lot of people off of it, but most people say that everything after that is great. The Taubman Center gets decently strong reviews from everyone I’ve talked to that’s involved with it. Thoughts from the followers?
(sorry this is going up so late!)
Q:Do Brown students refer to water fountains as "bubblers"? (Source: "22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other")
Only the ones from states that would do that. We don’t all become from New England by moving there when we’re 18 ;)
Q:Brown is my top choice school, and I am completely in love with everything about it, but a little confused on the freshman dorm situation? I understand you are in units, but as for individual sleeping rooms how many people do you share with?
All freshmen are placed in doubles unless there is a health issue that mandates that they be placed in a single.
Q:I'm a freshman in high school and I have to do a college project so I picked the best school ever, brown! So I need some weird out of the ordinary facts for the hook, can you help a sister out?
Boom. We got you covered.
Q:So what does sci-li challenge really mean? And what does the "other sci-li challenge" (saw it on CC) mean...?
I’m not sure what the “other” SciLi challenge is, but I’m going to assume it’s staying in the SciLi for 24 hours straight. It can and has been done.
Edit: People are saying having sex on very floor, which seems like a near impossible task to me, but I suppose I’m not as sneaky as some!
Q:What's the best time of year to visit campus? If I go during spring break will there still be students to interact with?
Uh, probably not. There are some people who stay on campus, but most chose to leave. I would definitely recommend going some time in the beginning of April! It’s before finals, but after the winter frost.
If you were to go in autumn, October is the best month. People are settled in, the campus is beautiful, and everyone hasn’t entered winter hibernation yet.
Q:Just accepted ED here! I just want to thank FYBU for keeping my love for Brown alive on the web for the past few years. I can't wait to take on Brown!! I must ask the blog the same question I asked my interviewer: with there being so much to do in the Brown community and Providence metro area, what is there that I NEED to take advantage of before undergrad graduation? Any professors, classes, or coffees I have to check out? Thanks guys!
Professors: We’ve already talked about how much Brown students LOVE Professor Weinstein in CompLit. Among my personal beloved professors are Rose McDermott (Politics and IR) and Kay Warren (Anthropology and Women’s Studies). Andy van Dam (Comp Sci) is famously popular. We’ve already recommended Joseph Pucci in Latin and Catherine Imbriglio in English. The Blue Room Chocolate Chip Cookie recommends THESE professors in history and you can go here to see recommended Lit Arts professors. Robert Serrano, Barret Hazeltine, Daniel Stupar, and Stephanie Ravillon were (along with Pucci) ranked top professors in the nation in 2012. Edit: Tim Nguyen was just recommended for his Business classes by a follower.
Courses: Bio0020 with Ken Miller, ENGN 9 with Barrett Hazeltine, Intro to VISA (a prereq for all RISD classes if you don’t have a portfolio), Intro to International Politics with Rose McDermott, and Persuasive Communication.
Coffee: There’s a place called “Coffee Exchange” on Wickenden - GO THERE IT’S AMAZING. Also, I really like Tea and Java’s in Wayland Square. On campus, the best coffee is from Blue State, but you can get it more cheaply at the dining halls. The Ratty coffee is famously horrible.