Known for its somewhat unconventional (but still highly regarded) approaches to life and learning, Brown University remains the slightly odd man out of the Ivy League, and the school wouldn’t have it any other way. The school’s willingness to employ and support different, methods such as the shopping period, the first two weeks of the semester where anyone can drop into any class to “find out if it’s something they’re interested in enrolling in,” or the Critical Review, a student publication that produces reviews of courses based on evaluations from students who have completed the course, is designed to treat students “like an adult” through “freedom and choice.”
Professors are mostly hits with a few misses, but there are “amazing professors in every department, and they’re not hard to find”; it’s just “up to students to find the teaching styles that work for them.” “Academics at Brown are what you make of them,” and even though students are diligent in their academic pursuits and feel assured they’re “getting a wonderful education with the professors,” most agree that their education is “really more about the unique student body and learning through active participation in other activities.” The administration gets cautiously decent reviews for their accessibility and general running of the school, but it also gets scolded for getting “distracted by the long term.” The president, however, is absolutely loved by students for being “an incredible person with a great vision for the school.”
The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.
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