Ivy Leagues are a part of a long tradition of education in the American Northeast. Brown University, however, is not like all the other Ivy’s. So what’s different about it?

1. Brown’s Open Curriculum

Brown’s curriculum is geared towards individualism. it does not have any requirements and allows you to take any classes you want without restriction. This helps broaden your horizons and expand your knowledge. Maybe student at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, UPenn, Cornell, and especially Columbia are not so smart enough after all to be trusted with their own classes?

2. Pass/fail

You can also opt for Pass/Fail for any classes you want. This also helps you create your own grading schemes and get the most out of college while focusing more on the journey and the learning and not so on the numbers and grades.


Providence is a beautiful city in Rhode Island, the smallest US state. Brown has a beautiful architecture in a historic city that contains 20% of the US history. This is not New Jersey, Princeton folks! Providence has one of the most renowned food, music and art scenes since it’s also located near RISD, one of the country’s best art schools. Pictured is the waterfire event in Providence, where fire works happens inside the river.

4. Student Life

Student life at Brown is envied by the other Ivies. Brown students enjoy a small student/professor ratio and are generally feel very heard. Did you hear this Columbia? This isn’t NYC where students don’t get a lot of attention. Students are active in the art and activism scene, and if you are passionate about an issue, there is always a platform and a resource for you to express that. Brown also regularly ranks high on lists of happiest colleges, maybe because of the relaxed environment of the university. Brown students are also provided with free access to museums and cultural centers in the city that enrich their college experience, as well as very accommodating, free of charge, transportation services.

5.University Values

Brown is famous for being one of the most progressive schools in the nation. Current issues of gender, sexuality, race, and inequality are usually discussed widely on campus, and the university administration is always trying to create an inclusive environment for everyone.  When you are heard non-judgmentally and with acceptance ,  you somehow start to think outside of the box and become exposed to new experiences. At Brown, you will meet students from all over the nation and the world who will change the way you think. Knowledge is not only inside of books!


Brown definitely hosts brilliant minds like all the other Ivies. However, Brown students are usually much more relaxed, happy and learn to think for themselves, since the emphasis is on the individual in this university, and not on a system of numbers and grades.




Fatou Che

Neuroscience and Psychology nerd working in research. loves to cook, listen to people rant about their lives, make weird music, and asparagus.

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