Brown University

#68 / #24
Global Influence / U.S. Influence
Most Desirable School
Private university in Providence, Rhode Island

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About Brown University

By James Barham, PhD

Brown began life as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (officially) or Rhode Island College (unofficially). It is the twelfth-oldest institution of higher learning in the US.

Rhode Island College was established in the town of Warren on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, a few miles south of the city of Providence. The school moved to Providence in 1770.

The College was established by a group of Baptist ministers (that being the religious affiliation of Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams), working in close cooperation with Quakers (Friends), Congregationalists, and Anglicans (Episcopalians). The College’s charter stated that there was to be no religious test for entrance.

A family consisting of four brothers—Nicholas, John, Joseph, and Moses Brown—was heavily involved in the College’s affairs from the beginning. Joseph Brown was a professor of Physics there, and John Brown served as treasurer for some 20 years during the Revolution and after.

In addition, Nicholas’s son, Nicholas Brown, Jr., was a very successful businessmen who made a series of generous gifts to the College to boost its endowment. In 1804, the College expressed its gratitude to the Brown family by changing its name to the present one.

Brown is linked to seven Nobel Prize laureates, namely,:

  • Physicists, Leon Cooper & J. Michael Kosterlitz
  • Chemist, Lars Onsager
  • Physiologists, George Snell & Craig Mello
  • Economists, George Stigler & Vernon Smith

Other notable faculty and alumni include:

  • Early-20th century Japanese scholar, educator, and social reformer, Fukuzawa Yukichi
  • Financier and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  • Psychiatrist, Aaron T. Beck
  • Novelists, Jeffrey Eugenides & Edwidge Danticat
  • Singer, Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Actresses, Laura Linney & Emma Watson
  • Film director, Todd Haynes
  • Radio personality, Ira Glass
  • Media mogul, Ted Turner
  • Entrepreneur and investor; John Scully III
  • Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination candidate, Andrew Yang
  • Economist and former Federal Reserve Chairwoman, Janet Yellen
  • Former US diplomat, Richard Holbrooke
  • Former World Bank President, Jim Young Kim

According to Wikipedia, Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown 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. Brown is one of nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Brown is ranked among the top universities in the United States.

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Brown University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

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How Much Does Brown University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$1,468
30K - 48K$2,842
48K - 75K$10,219
75K - 110K$23,160

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do Brown University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Brown University, then you can expect to earn an average of $89,100 per year. You also have a 92% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Brown University's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

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Where is Brown University?

Brown University is located at One Prospect Street, Providence RI 02912

How Safe is Brown University?

Brown University has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Brown University Known For?

Brown University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

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Who Are Brown University's Most Influential Alumni?

Brown University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Computer Science, Business, and Mathematics. Here are some of Brown University's most famous alumni:

Peter Norvig
Peter Norvig
An American computer scientist.
John Tukey
An American mathematician .
Aaron Beck
Aaron Beck
An American psychiatrist.
Andy Hertzfeld
Andy Hertzfeld
An American computer scientist and inventor.
Richard Holbrooke
An American diplomat .
Jacob M. Appel
Jacob M. Appel
An American author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic.
S. T. Joshi
S. T. Joshi
An American writer.
Randy Pausch
Randy Pausch
An American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
An American financier and philanthropist.
Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides
A Novelist, short story writer, academic.
David Kelley
An American philosopher.
Kenneth R. Miller
Kenneth R. Miller
An American biologist.

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