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Pros/Cons of Brown

pam02wri11pam02wri11 6 replies5 threads New Member
Hi,

I have heard many great things about Brown so I am curious what the cons are...

Thanks!
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  • Techno13Techno13 340 replies13 threads Member
    If you can provide more information about yourself, your interests, preferences, goals, etc., you may get some responses.

    Biggest con: difficult admissions and cost!
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  • pam02wri11pam02wri11 6 replies5 threads New Member
    Thanks!

    I am very intellectually curious, I love a community where I can express creativity. I want to be able to explore different topics of interest. As of now, I am interested in engineering, biology studies and entrepreneurship. My goals are to get the best out of the college experience academically and socially. I am very academically focused but I love to have fun and go out as well.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10391 replies122 threads Senior Member
    I would not choose Brown for engineering.
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  • Techno13Techno13 340 replies13 threads Member
    I know you asked for Cons.....but sounds like an open curriculum would be a good choice and Brown has one I think. For your stated interests: Stanford, MIT might be tops. Others to think about Tufts, CMU, UC Berkeley.
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  • melvin123melvin123 1880 replies34 threads Senior Member
    Con for you might be that you should only take 4 classes a semester. And, even though it's open curriculum, you will still have pre-requisites and co-requisites related to your major ("concentration"). So you should plot out what you are thinking of studying and make sure you can fit in everything that you want. Also, there is a terrific entrepeneurship EC, but you have to try out for it and might not get accepted.

    Those are the cons. But here are some pros. You can sit in on any class you want without being registered for it; lots of kids do this just to see if they are interested in a topic. You can sign up for a class and drop it at a late date. You can take classes pass/fail. You can take a 5th class if you want, but it will be hard to do; each of the 4 classes go in-depth and are a lot of work. You can make your own major. Although you have to take co and pre-requisites, you only have to take ones related to your major, so as an example you don't have to take a freshman history class if you're a biology major. Your profs and your fellow students are top-notch. The level of engagement is crazy good. Providence is a terrific city with great restaurants and there is a lot to do. You can take some classes at RISD, and you can have a lot of interactions with RISD students if you want. There is a world of opportunity for you at Brown.

    Since you have such varied interests, regardless of where you go to college you should look into getting involved with ECs and attending lectures that will give you insights into the different fields that you're interested in. This will really help you discover what direction you want to go in.
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