Undergraduate Education

Brown has earned a global reputation for its innovative undergraduate educational experience, rooted in its flexible yet academically rigorous Open Curriculum.

Probe theoretical physics with a Nobel Prize winner. Invent a new musical instrument. Design a medical device to prevent strokes during cardiac surgery.

At Brown, undergraduates are creators, leaders and doers who are not satisfied with merely raising questions — they learn to confront, address and solve problems facing society, the nation and the world.

Students are the drivers of their own academic experiences, surrounded by a community of world-class scholars invested in their success. They are actively engaged in teaching and learning, empowered to advance their intellectual growth, and transformed to lead lives of action and purpose.

Student Voices

Class of 2020

Jane Kruskop didn’t want to wait until graduate school to start doing neuroscience research. At Brown, she got her wish.
Class of 2020

Daniel Traver is gaining valuable knowledge in the classroom about environmental engineering and social justice. He’s already using it to reduce carbon emissions on campus — and across Rhode Island.
Class of 2022

For first-generation college student Leonardo Moraveg, immigration isn’t just a hot-button political topic; it’s personal. Brown was a place where he knew he could belong.
Class of 2021

Brown has helped Sunil Tohan forge strong connections — with inspirational professors, the local community and the wider world.

What makes a Brown education unique?

Ask undergraduate students what sets Brown apart, and you’re bound to get 6,560 different answers. That’s because no single experience defines a Brown education. Instead, a wide range of educationally innovative opportunities and experiences prepare graduates to flourish as accomplished leaders, independent thinkers and active global citizens dedicated to making an impact.

Brown’s flexible yet rigorous approach to education pushes undergraduates to be deeply creative thinkers, intellectual risk-takers and entrepreneurial problem-solvers.
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Brown sponsors a number of fellowship and grant programs that support undergraduate research during the academic year and the summer.
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Through programs and fellowships, students can link their passion for social justice and community engagement with their academic and career goals.
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The Nelson Center supports a collaborative, adaptive, cross-disciplinary vision for entrepreneurship at Brown.
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