Brown University

Brown University
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MottoIn Deo Speramus (Latin)
Motto in English
In God We Hope[1]
Academic affiliations
EndowmentUS $3.5 billion[2] (2017)
PresidentChristina Paxson
ProvostRichard M. Locke[3]
Academic staff
731 (2015–16)[4]
Students9,380 (Fall 2017)[5]
Undergraduates6,580 (Fall 2017)[5]
Postgraduates2,255 (Fall 2017)[5]
Other students
545 (medical)[5]
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143 acres (579,000 m²)
ColorsBrown, White, and, Cardinal[6]
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Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIvy League
MascotBruno the Bear
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Memorial Park at Brown University

Brown University is an American private research university in Providence, Rhode Island, United States and is a member of the Ivy League. It was founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, early in the reign of King George III (1760–1820) and before American independence from the British Empire. Brown is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the United States.[7]

Brown is ranked as the 14th national university behind Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, University of Chicago, Duke, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Caltech, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern. Brown was the first college in the country to accept students of any religion.[8]

It is the second last ranked Ivy League University with Cornell being the last.


  1. "Brown University Admission Facts and Figures". Brown University. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. As of 3 October 2017. "". 2017.
  3. Nickel, Mark. "Locke named 13th provost of Brown University". News from Brown. Brown University. Retrieved 14 September 2015. Richard M. Locke ... has been appointed provost of the University ... [starting] 1 July 2015
  4. "Faculty and Employees".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Facts about Brown University". Brown University. November 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  6. Brown Visual Identity Policy
  7. "Encyclopedia Brunoniana | Bicentennial celebration". Brown University. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  8. "Get to Know Us: Our History". Brown University Admission Office.