Q:Does Brown have an architecture program?
Yes! Check out an older answer about architecture here.
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:What is the preppy scene like?
Q:Hi! What do you think are some good questions to ask my interviewer? For Brown especially but schools in general? Is there anything you wish you had found out before you went to school?
Ask them what their favorite thing about their experience at the university was. Ask them if there’s anything they wish they would have done or if there’s anything that the school added since they left that makes them jealous that they’re not a student. Ask them what their number one piece of advice is for a first year. Ask them why THEY chose Brown (or whatever school you’re trying for). Ask them if they know anything about what goes on on-campus regarding a specific interest you have (like opera or trapeze or inner-tube water polo).
Ask them any of these things or none of them, but definitely ask them SOMETHING. I don’t think that my interviewer really would have been able to help me much when it comes to things I wish I had known, but I think that all the questions I just asked will let you hear someone’s real perspective on why they love the school that they continue to volunteer for.
Q:Any tips on the alumni interview?
Don’t freak out about it. Be friendly and polite, dress appropriately, present yourself well, and try to remember that the interviewer doesn’t have that much power. You might want to try going over some practice questions (just google “alumni interview” and you’ll find some) before you go, but don’t overdo it. Seeming rehearsed is not a plus.
My big tip is to ask a lot of questions about Brown and your interviewer’s Brown experience. They want to see that you are interested in the school. The interview is set up so that you get to learn something too!
All in all, just relax and go in there ready to have a nice conversation with an interesting person. I talked about marijuana and prostitution in my interview and still got in! (NOTE: I don’t recommend talking about marijuana and prostitution. It’s probably a bad call. I’m just saying, you can make a mistake like that and still get in.)
Q:Would a shy wallflower fit in on campus? I feel like so many people at Brown are outspoken and dynamic; I don't know if I'd have a place at the university, that is to say if I get in, because I love the school and I am applying ED.
There’s definitely no shortage of strong personalities at Brown, but I have friends who are a bit more shy as well. I considered myself to be a totally introverted, keep-to-myself-and-my-tumblr-dashboard kind of person when I was a senior in high school, actually. Being at Brown and being surrounded by supportive, interesting people has definitely brought me out of my shell and made me much more outgoing, so keep that in mind! You’re not going to be the same person at Brown that you were in high school. College is a time when everything changes, even you. If you love Brown, you’ll find a place for yourself there, shy or not.
Q:Describe Brown/your Brown experience in five words.
Chaos. Confusion. Bliss. Enlightenment. Maturity.
Perfectly odd journey to adulthood.
Q:Let's hope the love of my life will reciprocate my desire for a committed relationship this December <333
Baby, give us some time to think it over. Let you know in a few weeks. XOXO, Brown
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Q:So I'm currently trying to choose between Brown and another school. My heart tells me that I should go to Brown, but my head kind of tells me otherwise. At Brown I would have to take out some loans but at the other school I have a full ride. Any suggestions on decision making?
The way someone explained away the debt that I will inevitably graduated with was like this: a Brown diploma has a lot more weight than most schools in the country, and one day it WILL pay for itself.
Listen to your heart, is ALWAYS my advice when it comes to college. I was deciding between here and a school that would have given me broader options socially and probably would have given me a more structured educational experience (which many people see as a GOOD thing), but my gut told me to go to Brown, and I did and I love it. Very few people have regrets about following their heart, following your head is a different story.
Also, talk to Brown about possibly giving you more help financially, they’re good about that.
Good luck today!
Stop obsessively checking the website and hoping that they’ll update it early. Stop staring at the wall panicking. And when the time comes, don’t spend a full hour refreshing the website (college admissions sites are notorious for crashing).
Read a book. Drink some tea. Take a nap. Watch a movie. Just keep your mind off of it for a while! And if you don’t get in, it’s NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. Brown is a great place, but wherever you end up is probably going to be a great place too. You’re still going to get to meet an awesome roommate or an inspiring professor or an upperclassman mentor. Life will go on, promise.
Anyway, a hearty “good luck” to all you prospective ‘17ers!