Brown University, United States of America

Brown University, United States of America

Life Swift
Published on September 28, 2023

The Brown University is a private research university in Providence, Rhode Island which was founded in 1764 as the College.  This university is the 7th-oldest institution of higher education in the US and one of the nine Colonial Colleges which was established before American Revolution. At its foundation, Brown was the first college in the US to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation.  Also, in 1971, Brown’s coordinate women’s institution, Pembroke College, was fully merged into this university. Its main campus is located in the College Hill Historic District in the city of Providence. The University has the motto of ‘In God, we hope’. It comprises of 736 academic staffs as well as 9073 students.


Manning arrived in Newport in July 1763 and introduced to Stiles, who agreed to write the Charter for the College. Stiles’ first draft was read to the General Assembly in August 1763 and rejected by Baptist members who worried that the College Board of Fellows would under represent the Baptists. In September 1764, the inaugural meeting of the College Corporation was held at Newport and Governor Stephen Hopkins was chosen, chancellor. Former as well as future governor Samuel Ward was the vice-chancellor. In fact, Brown University was named for Nicholas Brown, Jr. philanthropist, founder of the Providence Athenaeum, co-founder of Butler Hospital.

Location and Campuses:

Brown University’s field is divided into four sectors by a red cross: within each sector is an open book. Furthermore, It is the huge institutional landowner in Providence, with properties on College Hill. The College Hill campus was built contemporarily with the 18th and 19th-century precincts that surround it so that University buildings merged with the architectural fabric of the city. The main campus comprises of 235 buildings and 143 acres. Also, the Women’s College, known as Pembroke College, was founded in October 1891.

The University includes the studies of undergraduates, post-graduates as well as graduate program along with the MBA dual programs and Ph.D. degrees in over 40 subjects. Here are numerous facilities available, such as:

  • Computer Science
  • Anthropology
  • Art and Architecture
  • Egyptology and Assyriology
  • Global issues and public affairs
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Medicine and biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry


  • Residential and Greek societies
  • Resource and research centers
  • Athletics
  • Food and catering
  • Libraries and museums
  • Laboratories
  • Conference and meeting halls


The John Carter Brown Library of this University is the oldest library, founded in 1846. Since 1904, it is administered differently from the University but is located on the Main Green of the campus. It comprises a very large percentage of the titles published before that date about the settlement, discovery, history, and natural history of the New World. Also, it published the 29 volumes of Bibliotheca Americana, a principal bibliography in the field.

In addition, John Hay library was opened in 1910, which is the 2nd oldest library of campus and named after John Hay, who contributed half of the $300,000 cost of the building. It now comprises the University’s archives, rare books as well as manuscripts and special collections.


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