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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.
With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown's vibrant, diverse community consists of about 6,580 undergraduates, 2,255 graduate students, 545 medical school students, more than 6,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and more than 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries.
Undergraduates pursue bachelor's degrees in 81 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything is possible at Brown—the university's commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their study courses.Brown University has 51 doctoral programs and 32 master's programs. The broad scope of options varies from interdisciplinary opportunities in molecular pharmacology and physiology to a master's program in acting and directing through the Brown/Trinity Repertory Consortium. Additional programs include the Undergraduate Summer Session and Pre-College Programs for high school students — on campus, online, and abroad. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.
Offering approximately 2,000 courses each year in more than 40 academic departments, Brown attracts challenges and cultivates independent thinkers with the power and drive to create personally meaningful lives. Undergraduates at Brown are responsible for designing individualized programs of study across multiple departments. A strong advising network helps students engage fully with the Brown curriculum. Brown's Graduate School offers 51 doctoral programs and 28 master's programs, including those of the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health, and the School of Professional Studies. The Warren Alpert Medical School awards some 90 medical degrees per year, and, along with its seven affiliated teaching hospitals, is a hub of research. Graduate students at Brown work side-by-side with faculty who are leaders in their fields. The Open Graduate Programs project allows select Brown doctoral students to pursue a master's degree in a secondary field. Brown students are active learners. A large number of centers and institutes fuel their research. Study abroad programs and international collaborations reflect Brown's commitment to promoting global learning. Students passionate about public service turn to the Swearer Center to take constructive action locally and around the world.
Learning is supported by a library system housing 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives. The Career Development Center helps students plan for futures that make productive use of their academic achievements. Other programs include Pre-College Programs for high school students and Undergraduate Summer Session, open to Brown and visiting undergraduates. Brown also offers free, non-credit, online courses open to learners from around the world. These courses, offered in partnership with EdX, develop students' knowledge and understanding of the liberal arts and sciences while providing a window into Brown's exceptional learning environment. Open learning follows in the spirit of the Brown mission to "serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry." Guided by the Plan for Academic Enrichment, Brown continues to set new goals for distinction in education. The July 2010 formation of the School of Engineering and the launch of a School of Public Health in 2013 are direct results of these efforts.
Known internationally for excellence in academics and innovative research, Brown offers a wide range of undergraduate concentrations, master's programs, and doctoral degrees. The 6,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 400 medical school students, and nearly 700 faculty members at Brown hail from every U.S. state and more than 100 foreign countries. Together, the Brown community members create a dynamic living and learning environment on a picturesque urban campus in historic Providence, Rhode Island. The university's financial aid resources and policies ensure that Brown is affordable for all admitted undergraduates.
Brown is a research university that regards the creation of knowledge as one of its fundamental missions. Our faculty and students work at the cutting edge of research in their fields and collaborate with colleagues across disciplines and worldwide to address society's biggest challenges.
The Office of the Vice President for Research advances the research enterprise at Brown by supporting our faculty and students in all aspects of their research activities from the conception of new ideas through disseminating the knowledge they create. We help fund new funding opportunities, prepare proposals, comply with regulations, manage awards, and commercialize research discoveries.
Brown students are curious and engaged in active involvement outside the classroom is central to Brown's culture. A wide variety of student organizations, activities and events, athletics, exhibitions and performances, and educational opportunities keep campus lively. Each day brings new experiences that allow students to engage their passions.

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