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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  • While in Providence we took a quick trip to Brown University. A very quick trip. Not much time is needed to walk around the area, take in the architecture and visit some of the buildings. It’s nice. T...  more »
  • My tour of the campus was amazing. It was absolutely beautiful and exceeded my expectations. The grounds were groomed to the highest degree. I loved the historic buildings and everyone I meet was happ...  more »
  • Brown University is made up of a number of architecturally very interesting buildings to view. We visited the University on a very cold winter morning after heavy snow storms and the place was a milli...  more »
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  • Beautiful campus grounds and buildings. Grounds are open to the public and are just the right size so it's not intimidating for those who cannot afford to walk a lot. A leisurely stroll should not last more than an hour. Free tours on weekdays. Street parking available for a fee.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful campus and large facilities provided brown university.
  • 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
  • It has an amazing campus along with a lovely student atmosphere.

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