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Brown University
Latin: Universitas Brunensis
Motto In Deo Speramus (Latin)
Motto in English
In God We Hope
Type Private
Established 1764
Academic affiliations
  • AAU
  • URA
  • 568 Group
Endowment US $3.5 billion (2017)
President Christina Paxson
Provost Richard M. Locke
Academic staff
731 (2015–16)
Students 9,380 (Fall 2017)
Undergraduates 6,580 (Fall 2017)
Postgraduates 2,255 (Fall 2017)
Other students
545 (medical)
Location , ,

41°49′34″N 71°24′12″W / 41.8262°N 71.4032°W / 41.8262; -71.4032
Campus Urban
143 acres (579,000 m²)
Colors Brown, White, and, Cardinal
Nickname Bears
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIvy League
Mascot Bruno the Bear
Brown University logo.svg
Ruth Simmons Quad Brown University
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. Brown is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the United States.

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.

It is the second last ranked Ivy League University with Cornell being the last.

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