Our Undergraduate Program

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Our undergrads have flown to Singapore to install software they designed for the Nobel Museum and built their own SMS-based commodity exchange to help farmers in Ghana. They know what it's like to hear a professor say this about an undergrad teaching assistant: "I feel like I can absolutely treat her as a peer."

This page is for prospective undergrads. (Current ones, go here.) After you read the testimonials below, check out some reasons to study CS at Brownwatch a video of CS majors answering questions from prospective students​, look at our majors, or apply.

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"Everyday I’m inspired by the creative and innovative thinking ...faculty mentorship across departments, the strong alum network who work at startups and tech giants alike, design resources at RISD, the Providence tech community, and student organizations like Hack@Brown and the Entrepreneurship Program are all catalysts for student entrepreneurs." — Athyuttam (Atty) Eleti

Find out more: student organizations (Hack@Brown, Department Undergraduate Group, Women in Computer Science)

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"I'm concentrating in Math-CS. It's one of several joint majors that allow students to pursue in-depth study in both CS and another area — as well as exploring how the subjects interact. Math-CS has given me a greater degree of flexibility in my course choices; it has allowed me to both focus on more theoretical aspects of computer science and to increase my level of mathematical maturity."  Eli Rosenthal 

Find out more: Brown CS majors (Applied Math-CS, Computational Biology, CS, CS-Economics, and Math-CS) 

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"Doing CS research has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my time at Brown. It's allowed me to make meaningful relationships with my professors and with grad students in the department, and has taught me how to work in a self-directed way on projects I get to define myself...professors are open to mentoring an undergrad, and doing research at Brown also opens up opportunities to work with other universities around the country (Stanford, in my case) and in the tech industry."  Danaë Metaxa-Kakavouli

Find out more: undergraduate research

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"Being an undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) has been an incredible opportunity for me to grow...Through my involvement with the UTA program, I have gained incredible mentors (professors, head TAs) and wonderful friends (fellow TAs on several different course staffs). I think the program truly reflects the culture of collaborative learning at the heart of a Brown CS education." — Jaclyn Zhong

Find out more: the UTA program and other undergrad jobs

We pioneered the idea of undergrads contributing to teaching and research at a time when few universities even offered CS courses. Today, no other institution gives students the same opportunities to be part of the university's intellectual life, benefit from a community of collaborators, and advance the field. 

"I never want to stop being a Brown Computer Science TA."

Mike Frederickson, Technical Director, Pixar

"My advisor has been a constant anchor, a mentor, a friend. He’s...pushed me to look at CS from different angles and had my back...Late nights in the graphics lab allowed me to see how CS could connect with other disciplines and Brown’s honors program allowed me to experiment with my first truly interdisciplinary research project. All of this fed into my approach to CS, which is so beyond interdisciplinary at this point that it’s hard to even give me a disciplinary label."

danah boyd, Microsoft Principal Researcher and Data and Society Founder

"Brown CS changed my life!....The networking opportunities with companies and alums are fantastic! This led me to a job at Google. Ultimately, the core of the Brown CS department is the people — the amazing faculty, staff, and peers make this a truly world class experience and education."

Paige Selby, Google