What schools are like Brown?

<p>My daughter has her heart set on Brown. She likes the "feel/vibe", size, diversity, academic excellence and campus beauty. Brown also has an 11% acceptance rate. What other schools can she look at that are like Brown? She has great grades in rigorous classes and very good test scores.</p>

<p>Check out this thread:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/brown-university/386122-schools-similar-brown.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/brown-university/386122-schools-similar-brown.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>No Brown now has an under 9% acceptance rate and falling.....it's just crazy!</p>

<p>Other schools to look at:</p>

<p>-Vassar
-Wesleyan
-Oberlin
-Grinnell
-Carleton
-Macalester
-Whitman
-Colby
-Bates</p>

<p>Amherst is like Brown in having no breadth or general education requirements.</p>

<p>I think Brown means different things for different people to be totally honest. There is so much I love about it, but its a place with lots of different elements. Overall though its relaxed, friendly, and people are very open with each other. My other favorite school was Dartmouth. Personally after spending time at Columbia and Penn I could never see myself at either of those.</p>

<p>Thanks for all of your input and I did check out Schools similar to Brown link above.</p>

<p>My daughter loves the relaxed, friendly, open people at Brown with the great academics. Many of the suggestions so far are for a small liberal arts college and that just isn't what she wants. </p>

<p>Any suggestions, for a Brown like university that is not a small liberal arts college?</p>

<p>Yale, Wesleyan , Vassar. I know Yale best and although the students are really happy and collaborative, the work load is heavier than at Brown. Yale requires 36 courses to graduate and has a credit/fail option that is not widely encouraged or used. Brown only requires 30 courses to graduate. Not only can you take every one of your courses credit/fail but most students take at least one course that way each year. Brown students would argue that it gives you more freedom to take a course out of your comfort zone each year without fear of wrecking your GPA. You can do that at Yale too but I never felt the institution encouraged that in the same way.</p>

<p>Hamilton</p>

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<p>Hamilton, Wesleyan and Vassar are all small liberal arts colleges. Yale is as hard if not harder to get into that Brown. </p>

<p>Are there any national universities like Brown out there?</p>

<p>Tufts. Here are some related threads from last year. There seem to be a fair number of families who've sent students to both schools, making it possible for them to compare both based on personal experience. These three are all started by the same poster, but appeared in three different forums, getting different responses in all. </p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/tufts-2015/1132174-tufts-vs-brown-2011-class-2015-a.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/tufts-2015/1132174-tufts-vs-brown-2011-class-2015-a.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/brown-2015/1132171-brown-vs-tufts-2011-class-2015-a.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/brown-2015/1132171-brown-vs-tufts-2011-class-2015-a.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/1131818-tufts-vs-brown-2011-a.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/1131818-tufts-vs-brown-2011-a.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>She should consider Rice.</p>

<p>My friends daughter was also trying to find a college similar to Brown and she decided that, for her, Tufts was the closest. She was waitlisted by Brown, looked closer at Tufts and ended up committing there and is very happy. Brown is a tough college to duplicate. I know that you feel that Wesleyan is too small but it may be the closest comparison. Good luck!</p>

<p>Amherst, Columbia.</p>

<p>She should look at Brandeis. It's relaxed and focused on social justice. There are no frats allowed on campus, and the school is very, very focused on current events. The people are very liberal. It's not the same, but considering she wants to avoid liberal arts colleges, it is similar, somewhat. I would recommend Tufts, too, but it's a little less relaxed.</p>

<p>Columbia could not be more different from Brown. The only things they share are a low acceptance rate and a football conference. Brown prides itself on an open curriculum without specific requirements. Columbia has a solid core that it expects all students to take to unify their academic experience. As Brown is one of the smallest Ivy's with little graduate/professional student focus, the experience there is going to be more like a larger LAC like Wesleyan than most national universities.</p>

<p>We are off to visit Tufts tomorrow.</p>