Brown University

Providence, the capital of Rhode Island, may be small, but it rivals many bigger cities with an abundance of art, architecture and exceptional restaurants. Ivy League Brown shares College Hill with the Rhode Island School of Design, known as RISD, one of the best art and design schools in the country. Johnson and Wales, considered a top culinary institution is nearby, a catalyst behind the amazing restaurant scene in Providence. In the past, one might have visited the Brown campus and hit the road immediately after the tour, perhaps heading to see other schools in Boston or New York. Yet with a revitalized, charming downtown Providence is a worthy destination for a day or two, combined with your college visit.

Visitor Information: Tour Brown

Stay: Check in to the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel or the Omni.  Looking for something more boutique? Newly opened, The Dean Hotel,  is located in an old historic building that was once a church settlement and later a strip club. It’s latest incarnation boasts a Bolt Coffee shop, beer hall and karaoke lounge.

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Coffee: Blue State is right on campus, located at the Bookstore on Thayer Street or head to everyone’s favorite - Coffee Exchange on Wickenden.

Breakfast: If you don't want to stray too far, head to Brickway. If time is not a factor, it's worth the trip to Julian's or Nick's on Broadway. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Louis is down and dirty, but so much fun! Olga's Cup and Saucer is an artisanal bakery—the breakfast sandwiches are delicious. Running late for the tour…for a quick bite head to Bagel Gourmet.

Lunch: Thayer Street has a ton of quick, casual restaurants right on campus. As you’ve come to see Brown, it's worth spending some time here to see college life in action. Student favorites are East Side Pockets for falafel, pizza at Nice Slice, Andrea's for Greek and Meeting St. Cafe. The Blue Room has great sandwiches, muffins, and cookies. A few streets away, Geoff’s is a sandwich lover’s dream with a true college feel.



Casual: Lots of Brown and RISD students head to Den Den, serving delicious Korean food. Other good choices are Harry's Burgers, Tortilla Flats, and Red Stripe in Wayland Square.


A Step Up: Al Forno has been a Providence institution for over 30 years, serving seasonal Italian food, with many dishes cooked over a wood fire or grill. Famous as the birthplace of grilled pizza, this is our first choice if you don’t mind waiting. Al Forno only takes reservations for parties of 6 or more; otherwise it’s first come, first served. Other popular choices include—Mill’s Tavern, Gracies, Bacaro, North, The Dorrance, Cook and Brown and Birch.

Late Night Snack: Pizza is every college kids late night favorite; you’ll find the crowd at Nice Slice or Antonios.

Local Attractions: It’s worth a visit to the RISD Museum with a collection ranging from ancient to mid century modern. Don’t miss the newest addition; the 6000 square foot Chace Center. If you're lucky there may be an outdoor RISD art fair. Walk down to Wickenden Street and head to Indian Park or Prospect Park. Explore downtown Providence’s shops and cafes. History biffs will enjoy a self-guided walking tour of downtown provided by the Providence Preservation Society. Booklets for 4 different walking tours are available to purchase for $3.00 each at their office on Meeting Street.


Everyone loves Brown. From athletes to artists, everyone can find their own place at the school and also coexist with other social groups. There is always so much that you can do on any given day because of all of the completely different things going on.
— Danny
I appreciate the students and the level of intellectual engagement.
— Russell
The open curriculum presents its own challenges. Seek out advice early about which classes to take, which professors to look out for.
— Charlotte
I love the people. You can’t beat ‘em. They’re the most open-minded, interesting, and interested bunch of people you’ll ever meet. I also think Providence is an amazing city to go to school in. It has civilization when you need it, and it leaves you alone to your beautiful campus when you don’t.
— Alison
The open curriculum is your best friend. It sounds cliche, but the ability to construct your own course load, and then get graded on an A/B/C/No credit system allows you to explore classes you would never think to check out. For lack of a better expression, there is literally no way to fail - if you enroll in a course and aren’t enjoying it, you can drop the class 1 week before finals and it’s as if it never existed…
— Ben





Bruno the Bear

School Colors

Red & Brown

Acceptance Rate

9.3% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision







New England

Admissions Office

Box 1876
Providence, RI 02912

(p) (401) 863-2378
(f) (401) 863-9300

James Miller, Dean of Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I
Ivy League

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Emma Watson
John F. Kennedy Jr.


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Photographs by Christian Harder