Brown University, Providence

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The University Hall at Brown University is the first and oldest building on campus located in Providence, Rhode Island.HistoryBuilt in 1770, it was originally known as the College Edifice. The building was constructed on a piece of land that had belonged to the original Brown family ancestor and co-founder of Providence, Chad Brown (c. 1600-1650).On February 17, 1770 the building committee in charge of the construction of the building placed a notice in the Providence Gazette asking for donations of timber and other materials. Prominent Newport merchant Aaron Lopez donated timber to the effort. On March 27, 1770, Solomon Drowne of Brown's class of 1773 wrote in his diary: “This day they began to dig the Cellar for the College.” Nicholas Brown, Sr. and Company led the construction of the building and his family donated the land. Morgan Edwards, described the location as “Commanding a prospect of... an extensive country, variegated with hills and dales, woods, and plains,” and was further inspired to write, “Surely, this spot was made for a seat for the Muses.”Under the presidency of the Reverend James Manning, the building was used to house French and other revolutionary troops led by General George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau during the wait to commence the celebrated march of 1781 that led to the Siege of Yorktown and the Battle of the Chesapeake.
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  • Nice campus, the buildings are well maintained and it nice to walk around st. However, I'm not coming fast for visiting this University.
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  • This is a great place to see and walk around. The architecture here is beautiful and unique. A good place to be outside and walk around in Portland. There's a visitor parking lot at the corner of Thay...  more »
  • This was a very nice campus to walk around and was able to look inside some of the buildings within the grounds. I was also able to see the sports facilities which were very impressive and able to see...  more »
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  • We were here on a college tour. Jasmine (? Her last name escapes me) was our tour guide and she did a thorough and fabulous job at explaining the history, motto, and course studies of Brown University. She was very knowledgeable about the student body and overall campus life. Our students though young, had excellent questions and inquiries about campus curriculum, life. The students have a lot of autonomy in the courses or rather the concentrations they take. Their voices are really powerful in the education and experience they receive. Brown is a large campus with a great blend of historical and modern buildings. The most important history that Jasmine shared with our group was that Brown was built by African Americans that were still held as slaves. Before the founders even established Brown University, the land was all owned by indigenous Native tribes. Who had their land taken over by these ruthless English enslavers. The tuition is very high on Google you'll see numbers like 48k for 2015. Now students enrolling in the school are paying slightly under 70k if you're staying on campus. There are also additional fees associated with the tuition. However, if a family makes less than 60k and their child qualifies with phenomenal grades then the child gets a full scholarship.
  • I don't go to this university but I wish I did. The area is beautiful and the campus itself is stunning. I get a very peaceful but fun neighborhood feel
  • HAHAHAHA SAFE SPACES?????? WITH PLAY DOE????? HAHAHA AND THERAPY DOGS ?????? HAHAHA CHANGE THE NAME FROM BROWN UNIVERSITY TO "SNOWFLAKE UNIVERSITY" SERIOUSLY?????? THERAPY DOGS???????
  • soo marvellous university in the universe . and the lectures are just like "undertaker" which makes uh rest in peace>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  • Been through Brown University many times. It has a beautiful quad and the surrounding area is great. A walk away is RI School of Design and Johnson and Wales University. Brown U. is walking distance to downtown Providence. The school is surrounded by lovely residential property as well as restaurants, and shopping. The Convention Center and Providence Performing Arts Center is also a walk away. If you're lazy, take an Uber or Lyft. Many of Brown buildings are architecturally beautiful and of course, the school itself, is Ivy League. Go for a tour (especially in Spring/summer) to see for yourself.

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Where to stay in Providence

Most of the guest beds in Providence lie in and around downtown; this is the most convenient area to stay in during your visit. Right downtown you'll find a handful of large hotels from national chains. Rooms here can be pricey, but many offer sweeping views of Providence Harbor. Federal Hill features a few locally owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels in historical buildings. You'll find additional homey establishments around the State House just north of downtown and the College Hill area across the Providence River to the east. Avoid the South Providence area and East Providence across the Seekonk River.
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