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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."

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Student Profile

Kate Shaffer

Grand Poobah

Kate Shaffer is a Fourth Year at the University of Virginia double-majoring in English Literature (Modern Literature and Culture Concentration) and Media Studies (Cinema Concentration). She has lived in Brown since her first year and has served on the Governance Board every semester, starting as an Anti-Quad Portal Representative, and then being elected to the Hauntings CoChairship, the Media Co-chairship, and now the office of Grand Poobah. Kate aspires to be a screen-writer and likes high backed chairs, trivia, horror movies, the podcast "Comedy Bang Bang!" and Brown College of course!

what we're up to

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.