History of Brown University

Brown_univBrown University was founded in 1764 and due to its original location in Rhode Island, also called as the College of Rhode Island. History of Brown University exists very close to the Rhode Island and New England. Brown was the first college where religion was not the barrier for the students with different caste. Due to this reason, students from different corners of the nation started their study regardless of religious affiliation.

James Manning, a Baptist Minister and a graduate of College of New Jersey had taken the responsibility to found a college in Rhode England. His hard work, professionalism and eagerness made him successful in his efforts. He became the first president of Brown in 1765, at that time College was located in Warren, Rhode Island. Later, it was moved to College Hill in 1770 (its present location). He had also worked as a candidate for Rhode Island to the Continental Congress in 1786.

It is the third oldest college in New England and seventh oldest in America.

The first graduate school of Brown University was established in 1887. Currently, more than 2,000 students are brightening their future with over 50 disciplines. The school offers around 20 different masters degree to their students. The students can also take benefits of higher studies as Ph.D. in more than 40 subjects including applied mathematics and public policy.

The University had started admit women in 1891 after the establishment of Women’s College in Brown. It was later renamed as Pembroke College in Brown University and started taken admissions of men as well and became co-educational.

In 1811, University started their first medical program named as Alpert Medical School. The first M.D. degrees were awarded in 1975 to the 58 students of graduate class. It was legitimately renamed as Brown University School of Medicine in 1991, but again in the year 2000 it was renamed to Brown Medical School. It has currently 29th position in the list of US medical schools. As per the US News and World Report, it is ranked 28th in primary care record.

University institutional history gradually changed in 1969 when new curriculum was approved and adapted to achieve the more effective education system. The details and processes included in the curriculum were executed by Ira Magaziner and Elliot Maxwell, as a part of Group Independent Study Project (GISP) with 80 students and 15 professors. Those set of papers was consisted of various suggestions in order to improve the education programs at Brown. The main motive was to introduce new kind of interdisciplinary course as well as to change the survey course into specialized course.

At present, Brown University is in the process of expanding its thoughts and education plans as a part of ‘Plan for Academic Enrichment’. It has enhanced the number of department as well as their respective faculty. The University is also in the undergoing process of the expansion of its undergraduate education. In the coming years, the students will get more professional education through the newly appointed courses.

The history of Brown University well-proves its motive of serving the worldwide students with much better and innovative ways of education.


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