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Tuition

$48,854

$48,854

not including room and board

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Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,654
Declined + 26,265
Total Received 28,919
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undergraduateRatios

48%

52%

male

female

1  :  8

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Biological Sciences
  3. International Relations
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School Facts

Brown, founded in 1764, is a private, Ivy League, liberal arts university. Its 140-acre campus is located in Providence, 45 miles from Boston.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 8,943
Established in 1764
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Codes

SAT 3094
ACT 3800

Private (nonprofit)

6,455

undergraduate students

2,488

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
60%
600-699
31%
500-599
9%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
68%
600-699
27%
500-599
5%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
65%
600-699
29%
500-599
6%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
74%
24-29
22%
18-23
4%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
66%
24-29
32%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
72%
24-29
26%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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Providence, RI

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Fun Facts

  • Brown University began its illustrious existence in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island.
  • Have you ever heard of the esteemed Brown University professor Josiah S. Carberry? His legacy lives on throughout the campus, such as Josiah's restaurant and the Carberry Fund for books. He taught psychoceramics--the study of cracked pots. And, oh yes, he probably, almost definitely never actually existed and was simply part of an ongoing prank that dates back to 1929.
  • Brown University opens its Van Wickle Gates twice each year: during Convocation and Commencement. Legend has it that students who pass through the gate on any other occasion will be cursed!
  • Brown University's Sayles Hall is home to the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey organ. Students gather in the hall on Halloween night to hear spooky dirges played on the instrument and around Christmastime for holiday concerts performed by campus musical groups.

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Providence, RI

146-acre campus in Providence (population: 178,432), 55 miles from Boston. Served by bus and train; major airport serves Boston; smaller airport serves Warwick (10 miles). School operates transportation around campus. Public transportation serves campus.

Brown University
Box 1920
Providence, RI 02912

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
78%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
13 fraternities 15% of male students
 
5 sororities 5% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
94%
Top 1/4
98%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
60%
600-699
31%
500-599
9%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
68%
600-699
27%
500-599
5%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
65%
600-699
29%
500-599
6%
400-499
0
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
74%
24-29
22%
18-23
4%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
66%
24-29
32%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
72%
24-29
26%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required/GED accepted
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,654
Declined + 26,265
Total Received 28,919

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Particular talent/ability
Secondary school record

Important

Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment

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Admissions Contact

James S. Miller
Dean of Admission
P: 401 863-2378
F: 401 863-9300
admission_undergraduate@brown.edu

Cost

Tuition $46,408
Room $7,416
Board $4,578
Additional fees $1,026
Books & supplies $1,420
Total $60,848
Average Financial Aid - $41,577
Total with Avg. Aid $19,271

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$41,577

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,295,771
State $154,677
Institutional $99,345,130
Other external $5,313,753
Total $110,109,331

Non-need-based

Federal $13,453
State $0
Institutional $48,320
Other external $4,489,430
Total $4,551,203

Varsity Sports

M W
Alpine skiing
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
diving
equestrian sports
fencing
field hockey
football
golf
gymnastics
ice hockey
lacrosse
soccer
softball
squash
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
water polo
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Ivy League, ECAC (ice hockey)
Mascot
Brown Bear
School colors
brown and red
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Africana Studies
American Civilization
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics/Biology
Applied Mathematics/Computer Science
Applied Mathematics/Economics
Archaeology/Ancient World
Archeology/Ancient World
Architectural Studies
BioMed/Biostatistics
BioMed/Ecological/Evolutionary Biology
BioMed/Epidemiology
BioMed/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology/Biochemistry
BioMed/Molecular Pharmacology/Physiology
BioMed/Pathobiology
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biology
Biology/Medicine
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Biostatistics/Epidemiology
Biotechnology
Brain Science
Business/Organizations/Entrepreneurship
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Classics
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive/Linguistic Sciences
Community Health
Comparative Literature
Computational Biology
Computer Science
Computer Science/Economics
Development Studies
Early Culture
East Asian Studies
Economics
Education
Egyptology
Egyptology/Ancient/Western Asian Studies
Engineering
Engineering/Physics
English
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
French Studies
Gender/Sexuality
Geological Sciences
Geology/Biology
Geology/Chemistry
Geology/Physics/Mathematics
German Studies
Greek
Health Services Research
Hispanic Studies
History
History of Art/Architecture
History of Mathematics
Human Biology
Independent Study
Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship Engineering
International Relations
Italian Studies
Judaic Studies
Late Antique Cultures
Latin
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Literary Arts
Marine Biology
Mathematical Economics
Mathematics
Mathematics/Computer Science
Mathematics/Physics
Medieval Cultures
Middle Eastern Studies
Modern Culture/Media
Music
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Physics
Physics/Philosophy
Political Science
Portuguese/Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Studies
Portuguese/Brazilian Studies
Psychology
Public Affairs
Public Health
Public Humanities
Public Policy/American Institutions
Religious Studies
Renaissance/Early Modern Studies
Science/Society
Semiotics/French
Slavic Languages
Slavic Studies
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Statistics
Teacher Education
Theatre Arts
Theatre/Performance Studies
Urban Education Policy
Urban Studies
Visual Art
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Undergraduate

72%

6,455
students

Female
52%
3,354

Male
48%
3,101

Graduate

28%

2,488
students

Female
50%
1,242

Male
50%
1,246

undergraduateFull-time

95%

6,168
students

Female
52%
3,170

Male
48%
2,998

undergraduatePart-time

5%

287
students

Female
65%
184

Male
35%
103

Student Break-down

11%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
41%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

6%

Transfer applicants accepted

62%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Spring: March 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

15

courses

Minimum transfers must complete

15

courses

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 72
Countries most often represented Canada
China
India
Singapore
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Elke Breker
Director, Foreign Students, Faculty & Staff Service
401 863-2427
elke_breker@brown.edu

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