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Brown University, Providence

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4.6/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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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  • We recently visited Providence, RI on a couples getaway trip. We really enjoy walking and exploring new cities. Brown's campus was beautiful and a nice place to explore and stroll around. There were s...  read more »
  • Don't miss the scenic overlook and statue which affords gorgeous views of the city. This setting is peaceful and great for photos and quiet conversation. 
  • When I went to visit the campus it is easy to see how badly our youth are turning out.Instead of becoming adults this place just continues the bubble wrap safe space experience.Then the adolescent hit...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful campus with amazing faculty. The computer science department is a solid world class organization that produces excellent research. The HCI group has done some very innovative work. Overall if you visit this campus be sure to check out the Grad Center Bar (GCB), a college run bar frequented by graduate students and senior of the university.
  • Lots of my friends who are not from mainland China say it's a splendid place and I believe them. On the other hand, there exists some level of discrimination towards Chinese people. People tend to get political by some policies mainland China implements and blame it on us, regardless if we agree with those policies or not.
  • A nice and beautiful campus. Some of the streets are very hilly. From Train station, take Canal street, then take left on Washington Street -> Waterman street.
  • Like any truly outstanding school, Brown University's strength lies more in the incredible patchwork quilt it weaves of outstanding students and faculty drawn from around the world. It's academic programs of course are excellent, but students learn far more in the overall social and cultural life fostered by Brown on a 24/7 basis. For me, it was the perfect liberal arts complement to the more career-focused education that followed in law school.
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