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Tuition & Fees

$51,366

$51,366

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
68%
600-699
28%
500-599
4%
700-800
72%
600-699
26%
500-599
2%
700-800
74%
600-699
22%
500-599
4%
30-36
83%
24-29
15%
18-23
2%
30-36
72%
24-29
27%
18-23
1%
30-36
84%
24-29
15%
18-23
1%
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undergraduateRatios

47%

53%

male

female

1
9

teacher

students

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Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,885
Declined + 27,511
Total Received 30,396
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Private (nonprofit)

6,652

undergraduate students

2,806

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Biological Sciences
  3. Computer Science
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Codes

SAT 3094
ACT 3800

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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School Facts

Brown, founded in 1764, is a private, Ivy League, liberal arts and sciences university. Its 140-acre campus is located in Providence, 55 miles from Boston.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 9,458
Established in 1764
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  AMA/AAMC/LCME (American Medical Association/Association of American Medical Colleges/Liaison Committee on Medical Education)
•  NEASC (New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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Providence, RI

154-acre campus in Providence (population: 177,994), 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
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
80%
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

 
10 fraternities 12% of male students
 
4 sororities 9% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
91%
Top 1/4
100%
Top 1/2
100%
Bottom 1/2
0%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
68%
600-699
28%
500-599
4%
700-800
72%
600-699
26%
500-599
2%
700-800
74%
600-699
22%
500-599
4%
30-36
83%
24-29
15%
18-23
2%
30-36
72%
24-29
27%
18-23
1%
30-36
84%
24-29
15%
18-23
1%

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)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required
SAT or ACT Required

Extremely Selective

9%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,885
Declined + 27,511
Total Received 30,396

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Extracurricular activities

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 $50,224
Room $8,284
Board $4,916
Additional fees $1,142
Books & supplies $1,540
Total $66,106
Average Financial Aid - $46,775
Total with Avg. Aid $19,331

Financial Aid

100%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$46,775

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,531,796
State $80,566
Institutional $107,598,625
Other external $4,817,166
Total $118,028,153

Non-need-based

Federal $0
State $0
Institutional $110,000
Other external $3,882,646
Total $3,992,646

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, Collegiate Water Polo Association, Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association, ECAC (ice hockey)
Mascot
Brown Bear
School colors
brown and red
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Africana Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics/Biology
Applied Mathematics/Computer Science
Applied Mathematics/Economics
Archaeology/Ancient World
Archeology/Ancient World
Architectural Studies
Astronomy
Behavioral/Social Health Sciences
Behavioral/Social Sciences Intervention
BioMed/Biology
BioMed/Biotechnology
BioMed/Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
BioMed/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology/Biochemistry
BioMed/Molecular Pharmacology/Physiology
BioMed/Neuroscience
BioMed/Pathobiology
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Biostatistics
Biostatistics/Epidemiology
Brain Science
Brazilian Studies
Business/Organizations/Entrepreneurship
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Classics
Clinical/Translational Research
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive/Linguistic Sciences
Community Health
Comparative Literature
Computational Biology
Computer Science
Computer Science/Economics
Contemplative Studies
Development Studies
Early Culture
Earth/Environmental/Planetary Sciences
East Asian Studies
Economics
Education
Egyptology
Egyptology/Ancient/Western Asian Studies
Engineering
Engineering/Physics
English
Environmental Studies
Epidemiology
Ethnic Studies
Executive M.B.A.
Executive Master/Healthcare Leadership
French Studies
French/Francophone Studies
Gender/Sexuality
Geological Sciences
Geology/Biology
Geology/Chemistry
Geology/Physics/Mathematics
German Studies
Greek
Health Services Research
Health/Human Biology
Hispanic Literatures/Culture
Hispanic Studies
History
History of Art/Architecture
Independent Study
Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship Engineering
Integrative Studies
International Relations
Italian Studies
Judaic Studies
Late Antique Cultures
Latin
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Literary Arts
Marine Biology
Mathematical Economics
Mathematics
Mathematics/Computer Science
Medieval Cultures
Middle Eastern Studies
Modern Culture/Media
Music
Music/Computer Music/Multimedia
Music/Ethnomusicology
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
Social Analysis/Research
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Statistics
Theatre Arts
Theatre/Performance Studies
Urban Studies
Visual Art
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Undergraduate

70%

6,652
students

Female
53%
3,526

Male
47%
3,126

Graduate

30%

2,806
students

Female
47%
1,332

Male
53%
1,474

undergraduateFull-time

94%

6,318
students

Female
53%
3,303

Male
47%
3,015

undergraduatePart-time

6%

334
students

Female
67%
223

Male
33%
111

Student Break-down

11%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
41%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

8%

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

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

15

semester hours

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Counseling services

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

Remedial services offered

  • Study skills

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • 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
Italy
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Elke Breker
Director, Office of International Student & Scholar Services
401 863-2427
elke_breker@brown.edu

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