Why Study at Brown?
Brown offers outstanding graduate programs. Here are several reasons you should consider coming to Brown:
Students work with world-class faculty in several capacities, interacting through coursework, projects and theses.
We are equally proud of our outstanding student body. Our PhD students conduct research at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, our master's students wed technical strength to a great diversity of backgrounds, and our undergraduates are strong enough to keep all graduate students on their toes. Your courses and projects will give you the opportunity to work closely with these outstanding groups of students, thereby greatly enriching your educational experience. (Also think about the friends you'll make here who're headed in interesting directions -- Brown graduates have an outstanding record of innovation in industry and academia!)
We are located conveniently in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is less than an hour from Boston with lots of convenient travel options: Interstate highway, commuter rail, Amtrak, and bus services. The greater Boston area is one of the major high-tech regions of the world, home to both venerable tech companies and aggressive start-ups. Many of our graduate students, and even some of our faculty, live in Boston and its surrounding suburbs and commute to Brown. Many of us, of course, prefer living in Providence itself, which weds big-city convenience to the scale and charm of a smaller town, enriched by several excellent educational institutions. Providence was recently voted by Money magazine as the Best City in the Northeast.
The department's strong funding record, and the university's support, ensures that we offer excellent resources: pleasant office space, quality computing equipment, several specialized labs, and an airy, open, well-lit building (situated just a block away from Providence's excellent college drag, Thayer Street).
We have a long tradition of strong industrial partnership. We are pround of the extremely high caliber of companies that actively recruit Brown graduates; many of these companies are members of our Industrial Partners Program.
We also have numerous innovative multidisciplinary programs that will enrich your graduate experience, expose you to novel and fascinating problems, and highlight trends in the use of computing.
The department prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming place. We gather every Monday in the Library for Tea and every Friday for a TGIF in our bright and open atrium. Our talents aren't limited to computer science; we usually field teams in softball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and other sports. We have periodic picnics and celebrations, sometimes featuring bands consisting of department members (some of whom play at local clubs). We spontaneously organize games, bike rides, and other activities.
Graduate students are involved not only in the department's research and teaching activities, but also in helping chart its course. They serve on several important committees, and organize seminars and lunches as well as recruiting and orientation events.
To learn more about our graduate programs in general, including our research groups, our innovative multidisciplinary offerings, admissions, and much more, please see the pages on our graduate program.