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College of Brown University

The College of Brown University is the undergraduate school of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, and the university's oldest school.

College of Brown University
DeanMaud Mandel
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Manning Hall on Brown's Quiet Green


On March 3, 1764, James Manning and Ezra Stiles filed a charter to create the College of Rhode Island. Their mission, as stated in the charter, was to prepare students "for discharging the Offices of Life" by providing instruction in the Vernacular Learned Languages, and in the liberal Arts and Sciences."[2] Manning became the College's first president in 1765, and five years later the school moved to its present location on College Hill on the East Side of Providence.

In 1850, Brown President Francis Wayland wrote, "The various courses should be so arranged that, insofar as practicable, every student might study what he chose, all that he chose, and nothing but what he chose." However, the College did not make any major institutional changes for over a century. In 1969, the New Curriculum was implemented, eliminating distribution requirements and allowing students to take any course Satisfactory/No Credit. In addition, the University eliminated pluses, minuses, and D grades in the letter grading system.

The current Dean of Brown's College is Rashid Zia, a class of 2001 Brown graduate. Previous deans have included Maud Mandel and Kenneth Sacks.[3]


Degrees grantedEdit

The College offers two different baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and Bachelor of Science (Sc.B.)

Dual Degree programsEdit


Students have the ability to graduate in five years with both an A.B. and Sc.B. degree, provided that requirements for each degree are met. This is distinct from a double concentration, when students only receive one degree.


The Program in Liberal Medical Education is a single eight-year program that allows students to complete both an undergraduate degree (A.B. or Sc.B.) from The College and subsequently an M.D. degree from Alpert Medical School. Admission to PLME is highly competitive; in 2015, 90 students were granted admission out of an applicant pool of 2,290.[4]


While students at The College have long been able to cross register for classes at nearby Rhode Island School of Design, it is now possible to complete an A.B. from Brown and a B.F.A. degree from RISD concurrently over a five-year period. Students must be admitted to both institutions separately in order to matriculate.


  1. ^ As of 4 June 2018. "Facts about Brown". Brown University. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  2. ^ Brunson, Walter C. (1972). The History of Brown University, 1764-1914. p. 500.
  3. ^ McGuire, Phyllis. "Phyllis McGuire | New Williams president 'traded the ocean for the mountains'". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
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