Q:What is Brown's expected student contribution? Does Brown actually collect this money from the students or is it just a suggestion?
Brown states the following regarding expected family contribution: “Your expected family contribution is comprised of a Student Contribution and a Parent Contribution.
The Student Contribution includes a percentage of your student assets plus a standard summer earning expectation required for all first year students. This component of the student contribution is earned from summer employment and is generally used towards some of the indirect expenses such as books and travel.
The Parent Contribution is determined by considering many different factors related to your family such as parent total income, assets, number of dependent undergraduate children in college, age of parents, marital status, and federal and state taxes paid.”
Depending on how much “need” you have for financial aid, your family contribution may only be a suggestion to cover the indirect expenses. In other cases, your family contribution will be what you need to pay for direct expenses. It really just depends on the information provided on your FAFSA.
Q:if my school doesn't offer honors classes should i mention that in my application?
Yes! Make sure Brown knows that you were taking the hardest classes you could and that there were just no options for honors courses.
Josiah: I was actually told that Brown investigates into schools it hasn’t heard of to check the courses offered, but if you’re feeling extra insecure about it, I’d go ahead and mention it in your application!
Q:I just sent in money through the mail to deposit into my Bear Bucks account so I can buy textbooks when I need to. I am thoroughly regretting that now because I realized I can buy textbooks for a much lower price using slugbooks. Is there anyway I can get the money back before the semester starts?
Well first of all, your Bear Bucks account is actually good for a lot of things: laundry, printing, vending machines, the bookstore (where you CAN get a lot of non-textbook books for cheap and you can rent textbooks easily) and on-campus eateries all take Bear Bucks. I don’t know how much money you put in that account, but over 4 years, you might very well use all of it.
If you need the money back ASAP, I think you might be out of luck. You get refunded when you graduate, but getting the money out of your account before that is tricky. Try going to the card office and asking for an exception, but the norm is to not grant cash refunds of your card balance.
Q:I know some colleges have this so I thought I'd ask, are the beds in the dorm rooms adjustable?
Some but not all of the beds are adjustable in freshman dorms. You really won’t know until you get there, but I’m pretty sure that the newer dorms (Keeney, Andrews, Miller, Metcalf) mainly have adjustable beds. In all other dorms, I’ve found it to be a crapshoot.
Q:Hi, I will be a 17 year old freshman this fall. How will my age affect my social life? Thank you!
I was a 17yo freshman and it really didn’t affect my social life until my friends started turning 21. Be sure to make friends with some younger people to hang out with once your friends start going to the GCB (the on-campus bar that no fake passes at)!
Q:When I visited Brown in the spring, the grass looked sparse. Like there were patches on the Main Green that have eroded. Does Brown take care of stuff like that?
Hahahha, yes they do. Just after winter ends and again after spring weekend, the grass looks pretty rough but i’d say they got it together?
Josiah: Over the summer, they fence off huge portions of the grass to make sure it’s beautiful again in the fall. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There are pretty much always students laying/playing/doing work in the grass, but I think Facilities does a great job of maintaining it. Seriously, you should see it the Monday after spring weekend..
Q:Is there an elevator in Jameson/Mead?
Yes! The only house in Keeney without an elevator is Poland/Everett, but you can sweet talk your RPL into letting you use the other elevators for move-in - they have card access to the doors in between the houses.
Q:Do you know what the kitchens are like in the keeney quad dorms?
The kitchens are super nice (aka stainless steel appliances and shit), and I’m going to be an RPL off-meal plan using them - so you all better leave it like or risk the wrath of Bruno.
Q:So this is weirdly specific and you might not know the answer -- when they converted the Miller & Metcalf singles to doubles, did they just add extra beds to tiny rooms or did they actually expand the rooms??
Haha they actually expanded the rooms, no worries. Brown doubles are actually rather large relative to other schools that I’ve seen.
Q:Weird question, but how's the water pressure in the showers at Brown? Specifically, EmWool?
Varies shower to shower. I LOVED my water pressure in EmWool (strong), but that wasn’t the case with some other showers in the building, haha.
Q:hi! i'm an incoming freshman and i was wondering whether double majoring in history and poli sci would be possible.. like, are there any overlapping requirements that you know of? and would i also have time to take a few electives just for fun? thanks :)
You would definitely have time to take classes just for fun mainly because of the open curriculum and the fact that neither PoliSci nor History have too many requirements.
Q:hey! As an incoming freshman, I am starting to become stressed out about what I will need! I was just wondering if a printer was vital in our first year? Also if you can, it would help to have a list of things that are crucial for school!
Ah yes, the ever stressful “what to pack” question. Have no fear, pre-frosh, we’ve go your back.
As far as printers go, I have a printer and find it useful but not essential. It really depends on how much you’re going to print (more for humanities kids). Also, sometimes people are too lazy to walk to the libraries to print. Your choice.
Other things I’ve found especially helpful:
- Fan—it’s gonna be hot during orientation, trust me.
- Extra lighting—that fluorescent is a killer
- Extra hangers
- Shower shoes—because ew
- A mirror—because lez be serious
- Laundry stuff
- Duffle bag for when you go home—I didn’t think about this, don’t forget
- Broom, disinfecting wipes, etc—you’ll need them soon enough
- Mattress pad—those beds are so not comfortable
- Trash bags
- Extra towels—so you can avoid laundry as much as possible
- Extra sheets—see above
Things that were nice to have, but dispensable:
- Speakers, for music
- Command hooks—and lots of them for when you want to ~personalize~ your room
- Storage boxes
That’s all the notable stuff, comment if we forgot anything.
Q:Are there any parties at Brown where spanish music is played?
Yes! Machado House, which is Brown’s spanish house, throws parties there that of course feature spanish music. (The house is also really nice, just saying).
Q:What's the protocol for the alumni interview? And if you know someone who is an interviewer, is there a way to get/not get them?
What do you mean by protocol?
After you submit your application, an alumni will contact you personally to arrange a time to meet. That person doesn’t see your application, but only gets your contact info. The alumni relations office sets the whole thing up and I’m sure (though not certain) that they probably don’t let alumni you know interview you. After the interview, the alumni writes something up about you and sends it over to admissions.
Also, not everyone gets an alumni interview. It depends where you live/if it can be arranged. Alumni interviews are pretty casual—usually they just want to get a feel for who you are and what you would bring to the school. I wouldn’t stress out about it too much!