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What is a typical Brown University student like? Describe the type of person that should attend Brown University.

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Karen Berlin Ishii, alumna, Brown University Class of 1978

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Asking what a "typical" student is at an institution of thousands of students studying hundreds of courses in dozens of departments offering multiple degrees seems unreasonable; nevertheless, people feel it is possible to characterize a community, though one risks caricature and overgeneralization. When I went to Brown (1974-1978), it was known for its then new curriculum, the only one in the country that did not require students to take core courses or fulfill distribution requirements. Its openness to maverick thinkers, cross-disciplinary study and out-of-the-box problem-solving attracted students who related to those values and approaches. As a former president of The Brown Club in NYC and active board member, I often hear our alumni joke that getting Brown grads to follow a protocol is like trying to herd cats. So, maybe it's still true!

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2017

There is no typical Brown student. We come from all over the globe, from all backgrounds, with interests that span all disciplines. What we have in common is that we want to make a difference and want to explore all that Brown has to offer to find our true interests and talents.

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2016

The diversity of students in terms of political view, religious background, sexual orientation, and extracurricular interest is huge. In a typical pool of Brown students, one will find an athlete, an activist, a musician, an artist or a just a normal student. The student diversity at Brown was what attracted me the most to coming to Brown. Even though the stereotypes are not entirely false, they do not in any way truly characterize what Brown University stands for

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2019

A smart student who doesn't care for traditional boundaries and is maybe a bit unconventional should definitely attend Brown University.

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2017

The typical Brown University students is super down-to-earth, chill, yet wickedly smart. If you are very liberal and love to learn, Brown is the place for you.

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2017

The type of person that gravitates toward Brown University are the people that are kind, understanding, curious, tolerant, accepting, open to and intrigued by diversity. A Brown student wants to help, save and change those around them and for that, the community in general is extremely welcoming.

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2016

There is no typical Brown student. Students come from all over the world, with different cultures, backgrounds, and views.

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2016

Brown University is attended by students from all over the world, with different cultures, backgrounds, and views. That's what makes any student's stay at this University fun and enriching. One can learn a lot from students and peers.

Anonymous, Student, Brown University, Class of 2018

There is no typical Brown student. Brown students come from a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds that make the undergraduate experience so enriching. If I had to narrow it down, the typical Brown student is independent, open, eclectic, passionate, and slightly nerdy!

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