35 Facts About Brown University


Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Brown University is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

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Brown University is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution, and among the most prestigious universities in the world.

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At its foundation, Brown University was the first college in North America to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation.

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In 1969, Brown University adopted its Open Curriculum after a period of student lobbying.

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In conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University offers undergraduate and graduate dual degree programs.

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At the time of its creation, Brown University's charter was a uniquely progressive document.

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Brown University family was involved in various business ventures in Rhode Island, and accrued wealth both directly and indirectly from the transatlantic slave trade.

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In 1966, the first Group Independent Study Project at Brown University was formed, involving 80 students and 15 professors.

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Brown University has since completed a number of these recommendations including the establishment of its Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, the construction of its Slavery Memorial, and the funding of a $10 million permanent endowment for Providence Public Schools.

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Brown University is the largest institutional landowner in Providence, with properties on College Hill and in the Jewelry District.

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Exhibition galleries of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University's teaching museum, are located in Manning Hall on the campus's main green.

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The walk is bordered by departmental buildings as well as Brown University's Performing Arts Center and Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.

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Women's College in Brown University, known as Pembroke College, was founded in October 1891.

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Brown University's sailing teams are based out of the Ted Turner Sailing Pavilion at the Edgewood Yacht Club in adjacent Cranston.

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Brown University has committed to "minimize its energy use, reduce negative environmental impacts and promote environmental stewardship.

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Between 2007 and 2018, Brown reduced its greenhouse emissions by 27 percent; the majority of this reduction is attributable to the university's Thermal Efficiency Project which converted its central heating plant from a steam-powered system to a hot water-powered system.

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In 2020, Brown University announced it had sold 90 percent of its fossil fuel investments as part of a broader divestment from direct investments and managed funds that focus on fossil fuels.

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Kuchler U S potential natural vegetation types, Brown would have a dominant vegetation type of Appalachian Oak with a dominant vegetation form of Eastern Hardwood Forest (25).

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Six Brown University graduates have received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Alfred Uhry '58, Lynn Nottage '86, Ayad Akhtar '93, Nilo Cruz '94, Quiara Alegria Hudes '04, and Jackie Sibblies Drury MFA '04.

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Alumni authors take their degrees across the spectrum of degree concentrations, but a gauge of the strength of writing at Brown University is the number of major national writing prizes won.

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Brown University began offering computer science courses through the departments of Economics and Applied Mathematics in 1956 when it acquired an IBM machine.

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Brown University added an IBM 650 in January 1958, the only one of its type between Hartford and Boston.

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In 2009, IBM and Brown University announced the installation of a supercomputer, the most powerful in the southeastern New England region.

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Since 2009, Brown University has developed an Executive MBA program in conjunction with one of the leading Business Schools in Europe; IE Business School in Madrid.

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Brown University introduced graduate courses in the 1870s and granted its first advanced degrees in 1888.

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Brown University has invested in MOOC development starting in 2013, when two courses, Archeology's Dirty Little Secrets and The Fiction of Relationship, both of which received thousands of students.

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In January 2018, Brown University published its first "game-ified" course called Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans: Exploring Humanity Through Literature, which featured out of platform games to help learners understand materials, as well as a story-line that immerses users into a fictional world to help characters along their journey.

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In 2021, Brown University received a record 948 applications for roughly 90 spots in its Master of Public Health Degree.

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Brown University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Brown University is a member of the Association of American Universities since 1933 and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity".

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Brown University Center for Students of Color is a space that provides support for students of color.

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Brown University is a member of the Ivy League athletic conference, which is categorized as a Division I conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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The Brown University women's sailing team has won 5 national championships, most recently in 2019 while the coed sailing team won 2 national championships in 1942 and 1948.

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Companies founded by Brown University alumni include CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Searchlight Pictures, Netgear, W Hotels, Workday, Warby Parker, Casper, Figma, ZipRecruiter, and Cards Against Humanity.

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