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Located in historic Providence, R.I., and founded in 1764, Brown University is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution and the seventh-oldest college in the United States.

Brown is a leading research university where talented students and accomplished faculty collaborate to blend deep content knowledge across many disciplines to address the defining challenges of a complex and changing world. At the heart of the University’s teaching, research and scholarship is a commitment to academic excellence, intellectual freedom and making an impact to better serve people, communities and society.

The University is home to undergraduate and graduate programs plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.


As stated in the Principles of Brown University, Brown University strives "...for a sense of community in which the individual growth of all members is advanced through the cultivation of mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding. Brown University values and encourages individuality while also affirming the community dimensions of academic life. A socially responsible community provides a structure within which individual freedoms may flourish without threatening the privileges or freedoms of other individuals or groups.

The University is committed to honest, open, and equitable engagement with racial, religious, gender, ethnic, sexual orientation and other differences. The University seeks to promote an environment that in its diversity is integral to the academic, educational and community purposes of the institution."

Brown University MOOCs

Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Brown University courses found below can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. Select a course to learn more.