Overview of Brown University
Brown University is a private institution that was founded in 1764. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,043, its setting is city, and the campus size is 146 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Brown University’s ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #14. Its tuition and fees are $58,504.
Located atop College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University has a college town feel with Thayer Street serving as a center of activity for shopping and dining. All students at Brown are required to live on campus for their first six semesters, though a small percentage of juniors may receive permission to live off campus. Housing options include traditional singles, doubles, triples and suites. With more than 400 student organizations on campus ranging from The Brown Noser satirical newspaper to Brown Ballroom Dance, students can find a way to pursue their interests. The Brown Bears have more than 35 NCAA Division I athletic teams and compete in the Ivy League. Brown also has a small but vibrant Greek community with about a dozen chapters, including a few co-ed Greek organizations.
Brown offers a number of graduate studies through its Graduate School, which includes well-regarded programs in English and history. Students can also pursue a medical education at the highly ranked Warren Alpert Medical School. Each year, about 50 admitted first-year undergraduates are accepted to the Alpert Medical School through Brown’s eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education. The center section of the Van Wickle Gates on Brown’s campus opens only three times a year: twice to let incoming students onto campus for convocation at the beginning of each semester and once to let recent graduates exit after commencement. Brown hosts an annual celebratory “Spring Weekend” with concerts and free food. Notable alumni include John D. Rockefeller Jr., John F. Kennedy Jr. and CNN founder and media mogul Ted Turner.
Overview of University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,617, its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,265 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Notre Dame’s ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #15. Its tuition and fees are $55,553.
Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Ind., just 100 miles outside of Chicago. Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but most students choose to remain on campus in one of the 30 single-sex residence halls. The halls serve as the centers of social life at Notre Dame, as there is no Greek life on campus. Legends, an on-campus restaurant and pub, is a popular spot for watching sporting events. The Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” have about 20 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and are well known for their consistently strong football program. Over half of students study abroad for at least one semester.
Notre Dame is divided into eight schools and colleges, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Letters. Notre Dame’s graduate and professional programs include the highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School in addition to a well-regarded School of Architecture, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Notable alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, talk-show host Regis Philbin and Hall of Fame football player Joe Montana. The 1993 film “Rudy,” ranked one of the top 25 sports movies of the past 25 years by ESPN, was filmed on Notre Dame’s campus and depicts the true story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who overcame many obstacles to play football at Notre Dame.
Overview of Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a private institution that was founded in 1873. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,861, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 333 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Vanderbilt University’s ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #15. Its tuition and fees are $52,070.
Vanderbilt University offers a wide range of student activities. Located in Nashville, or Music City, there are plenty of off-campus options for dining, shopping, music and entertainment. On campus, Greek organizations play a big role in social life, with approximately 40 percent of students affiliated with Greek life. All undergraduate students at Vanderbilt are required to live on campus, and freshmen live together in The Commons, which has many LEED Gold and Silver certified buildings. The Commodores, named for Vanderbilt founder “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt, have teams in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. More than 40 percent of students take advantage of Vanderbilt’s study abroad programs, which are offered in more than 40 countries.
Vanderbilt is comprised of 10 schools and colleges covering disciplines from the humanities to music to engineering. Among its graduate programs are the top-ranked Peabody College of Education and Human Development, which also offers undergraduate programs, and the highly ranked Owen Graduate School of Management, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Vanderbilt is also well known for its undergraduate Blair School of Music, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked one of the best in the nation. Former chairman and CEO of Time Inc. Ann Moore, former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler and novelist James Patterson all received degrees from Vanderbilt.