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Brown University
Latin: Universitas Brunensis
MottoIn Deo Speramus (Latin)
Motto in EnglishIn God We Hope[1]
EndowmentUS $3.5 billion[2] (2017)
PresidentChristina Paxson
ProvostRichard M. Locke[3]
Academic staff731 (2015–16)[4]
Students9,380 (Fall 2017)[5]
Undergraduates6,580 (Fall 2017)[5]
Postgraduates2,255 (Fall 2017)[5]
Other students545 (medical)[5]
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
41°49′34″N 71°24′12″W / 41.8262°N 71.4032°W / 41.8262; -71.4032Coordinates: 41°49′34″N 71°24′12″W / 41.8262°N 71.4032°W / 41.8262; -71.4032
143 acres (579,000 m²)
ColorsBrown, White, and, Cardinal[6]
MascotBruno the Bear
Brown University logo.svg
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. It was founded by the Brown brothers, who were slave traders.[7][8][9][10] Brown is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the United States.[11]

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.[12]

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". 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. "John Brown (1736-1803) Papers". 1995. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  8. "John Brown". April 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. (PDF) The Charter of Brown University, Providence, RI: Brown University, 1945,, retrieved 27 January 2015 
  10. "Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice". October 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. "Encyclopedia Brunoniana | Bicentennial celebration". Brown University. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  12. "Get to Know Us: Our History". Brown University Admission Office.