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Posted at 3:31 PM ET, 04/12/2010

College Tour '10: Brown University #2

By Valerie Strauss

Brown University
From a parent

Brown was not in session when we went but we took a tour and really liked it. The people who were there were friendly, and very quirky, in a good way. A woman in reception was wearing an Easter bunny costume. It’s no surprise that Brown built the largest Tetris game in the hemisphere or something like that, in the Sciences Library.

The campus is beautiful, and is on a main street that looks like it is from the ‘60s. Really charming. The school had its diversity on display; tour guides were all of different races and backgrounds.

The guy who did our information session was fabulous, but came across as a little cocky. ‘We’re the best’ kind of mentality.

They claim to have the happiest campus in the nation. Our tour guide said that, obviously not knowing there was a psychiatrist on the tour. The man spoke up and said, ‘I have to ask, as a psychiatrist, how are you measuring happiness?”

That stumped the tour guide.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 12, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  Brown University, College Tour '10, Ivy League, college visits, happiest campus, happiest school, happiest students  
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