Updated March 23 at 9:23pm

Brown University, a ‘most hipster college’


PROVIDENCE – Brown University has snuck into yet another, more unusual ranking.

The Providence university has been named one of the United States’ “Most Hipster Colleges” by HuffPost College.

For those unsure of whether “being hipster” is a compliment or not, UrbanDictionary.com defines the crowd as: “Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often seen wearing vintage and thrift store-inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs.”

Brown came in at No. 6 out of 10 institutions nationwide. Grinnell College in Iowa was the most hipster college in the nation, according to HuffPost, followed by the University of California-Santa Cruz at No. 2 and the University of Georgia at No. 3.

“We were criticized last year for not including Brown on this list and, dear readers, you were right. Brown is paradise for hipsters. Not only is Rhode Island the seventh-most hipster state in America - due in large part to Brown’s student body - but the school boasts some of the most famous hipster alumni in the world,” HuffPost College said.

“Where to begin? The original ’90s hipster, Lisa Loeb, avant-garde filmmaker Todd Haynes, author Jeffrey Eugenides and of course the world’s most famous student, Emma Watson (though she's currently taking a break at Oxford.”


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