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Brown University Quadrangle

  • College Street/Prospect Street
  • Providence, RI 02912
  • (401) 863-1000

Renowned for “The Brown Curriculum,” an innovative
approach to undergraduate education instituted
in 1970, this Ivy League school’s philosophy states
that students, who are free to design their own
curriculum, are “the architects of their own course of
study.” Founded in 1764 by Baptists as Rhode Island
College, the school moved to Providence in 1770 and
became “Brown University” in 1804 after a generous
donation by Nicholas Brown, the prominent Providence
businessman and alumnus of the school.
Points of interest include: The Van Wickle Gates (1901),
Carrie Tower (1904), University Hall (1770), Hope
College (1823), Manning Hall (1834), Slater Hall (1879),
Rhode Island Hall (1840), and Robinson Hall (1878).