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Welcome to Brown!

Brown College is a residential community of undergraduate students and faculty at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Brown's approximately 300 residents enjoy a friendly, intellectually stimulating, and socially accepting academic community.

Table of residents enjoying the February Brown Banquet.


who we are

Brown is a nationally recognized, self-governed community that accepts first-years as well as upperclassmen. Students must apply to live here, but our application is much more fun and creative than your UVA college app. If accepted, you get to live with active and caring people and attend tons of events throughout the year. Brown is especially diverse – we have actors and artists, engineers and computer scientists, philosophy and politics majors – and we do our best to make sure you fit in. Though we’re a tight-knit community, we provide an accepting and intellectually stimulating atmosphere for people of all backgrounds. There is always something going on in Brown. According to a past resident, "Brown is for the interested and interesting."

Picture of Maxwell R. Rowshandel

Student Profile

Maxwell Rowshandel


Fourth-year Maxwell R. Rowshandel is an Engineering Science: Nanomedicine Engineer. He is also a prominent member in the Washington Society, where he has served at several positions, including Treasurer. This year will be his second year living at Brown College, a community he loves and is glad to be a part of. His previous position in Brown College was Portal Representative of Anti-Quad, where he created and threw the first annual Pocky-Sporcle Night Event.

Monroe Hill

A Heritage Film Project presents a film by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

“Monroe Hill” unearths the history of the site that contains the last remaining structures of the late 18th century southern plantation. These surviving structures are silent witnesses to Monroe’s struggle as a farmer and a politician from the late 1780’s until the laying of the cornerstone at the University of Virginia on October 6, 1817.

Welcome our New Principal

Brown College welcomes its new principal, Michael Chad Wellmon, and family to Monroe Hill. Chad is an associate professor of German Studies and chaired the General Education Committee that led the curriculum reform process.