PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A sunny, dry day in late January is rare, but on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the sun peeked out of gray storm clouds to shine a light on Brown University’s newest students.
Led by the Brown Band, a cohort of midyear transfer students participated in a semiannual Brown tradition as they marched through the Van Wickle Gates, which were opened inward, representing their welcome to campus and symbolically marking the start of their education on College Hill.
"This exceptional cohort of students arrives at Brown from a wide range of academic institutions, with an array of academic interests, personal experiences and impressive accomplishments,” said Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Logan Powell. “I am excited to welcome them into the Brown community, where they promise to make meaningful contributions as leaders, thinkers and innovative problem-solvers."
The University's newest arrivals include 47 midyear undergraduate transfer students, 135 graduate students and 11 non-degree-seeking visiting students.
Undergraduate Sohum Sanu, a Seattle native concentrating in behavioral decision sciences, transferred from the University of California, Berkeley. Sanu said the energy and focus on College Hill is already palpable.
“Brown is a really passionate campus,” Sanu said. “I’m excited to meet people who are genuinely interested in what they’re doing and have excitement for our kind of curriculum.”
The sentiment was echoed by applied mathematics and biology concentrator Danielle Whisnant, who was drawn to the University from Georgetown in part by Brown’s innovative Open Curriculum.
“I craved academic freedom and wanted to be part of a community of people who really care,” Whisnant said.
The reasons for choosing Brown are just as varied as the institutions from which the students hail. The incoming undergraduates — who are known as the TRUE student cohort, for Transfer and Resumed Undergraduate Education — come to Brown from a broad swath of institutions, including Cornell University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan, among others.