Brown and Providence

The story of Brown is also the story of Providence and Rhode Island. The University has been intertwined with this diverse and vibrant city since the founding of the republic.

Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries, Providence is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

With undergraduate education centered in the historic College Hill neighborhood and a growing presence in the Jewelry District — a flourishing hub for science, technology, health, medicine and entrepreneurship — Brown is deeply committed to meaningful community engagement. Brown fosters innovative community partnerships and facilitates strong relationships with neighbors, nonprofit organizations, schools, civic organizations and businesses. 

Engaged Learning

Brown promotes numerous opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to work with community members in Providence to strengthen the educational, economic and social assets of our city, state and region. For students, this means access to internships and hands-on learning that blends academic work with real-world experiences. And it means building partnerships in the community through social innovation, entrepreneurship and collaborative startup ventures.

Engaged Scholarship Certificate (ESC) allows undergraduate students to investigate public, civic, and/or social justice issues that they are passionate about through the integration of academic study with community-based learning, research, and action.
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Local Impact

Brown has a longtime commitment to spurring economic development and fueling growth in the city it calls home. Brown has invested $225 million in the Jewelry District, catalyzing a vibrant ecosystem of academics, commerce and creative transformation. And the University has active partnerships with Providence schools, supporting thousands of students in urban districts.


Brown employees

live in Providence


Brown undergraduates

volunteer in Providence Public Schools each year

$ 250,000

in financial assistance

provided by Brown to underrepresented college-bound seniors from Providence since 2013

Brown is the anchor tenant in South Street Landing, a $220 million redevelopment project in Providence’s Jewelry District.
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