Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University

Providence, RI

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Undergrad Science & Engineering Diversity

Tuition & Fees

$60,596

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
80%
600-699
19%
500-599
1%
700-800
87%
600-699
12%
500-599
1%
30-36
92%
24-29
7%
18-23
1%
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undergraduateRatios

47%

male

53%

female

6

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

7%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,733
Declined 35,941
Total Received 38,674
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Private

7,160

undergraduate students

3,173

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Brown's campus on College Hill offers a classic New England college experience among brick quadrangles, scenic greens, soaring modern architecture, renovated centuries-old structures, state-of-the-art laboratories and world-class libraries. All of this is located within the heart of Rhode Island's vibrant capital city, known for its restaurants, innovative arts scene, youthful energy and unpretentious vibe.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 10,333
Established in 1764
Coeducational Coeducational

154-acre campus in Providence (population: 180,393), 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.

  • Campus Setting: Major city
  • Metropolitan area: Boston
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: T.F. Green

Brown University
1 Prospect Street
Providence, RI
02912

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
72%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through junior year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Events

  • Spring Weekend Events
  • Campus Dance and Commencement Weekend
  • Ivy Film Festival

Fun Facts

  • Brown University began its illustrious existence in 1764 as The College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
  • 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.
  • The Brown University Engineering program is the oldest out of all of the Ivy League schools.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
80%
600-699
19%
500-599
1%
700-800
87%
600-699
12%
500-599
1%
30-36
92%
24-29
7%
18-23
1%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $75
Application deadline January 1
Has early decision program yes

Extremely Selective

7%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,733
Declined 35,941
Total Received 38,674

Admissions Factors

Very Important

character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
class rank
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
talent/ability
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities

Considered

alumni/ae relation
first generation
geographical residence
interview
racial/ethnic status
state residency
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest
religious affiliation/commitment

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language no

Financial Aid

Average financial aid
Not Reported

Cost

Tuition $59,254
Room & board $15,908
Additional fees $1,342
Books & supplies $1,642
Other fees $2,202
Total $80,348
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Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Equestrian sports
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Skiing (downhill)
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Water polo
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cycling, field hockey, figure skating, golf, ice hockey, kendo, lacrosse, polo, rugby, running, sailing, skiing, soccer, tae kwon do, tang soo do, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cycling, field hockey, figure skating, golf, ice hockey, kendo, lacrosse, polo, rugby, running, sailing, skiing, soccer, tae kwon do, tang soo do, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Field hockey, Football, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics, General
Archeology
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Behavioral Sciences
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biophysics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Education, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Studies
Geochemistry
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
German Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Materials Engineering
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Molecular Biology
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Neuroscience
Organizational Behavior Studies
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

10,333

total students

5%

in-state

95%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

69%

7,160
students

Female
53%
3,810

Male
47%
3,350

31%

3,173
students

Female
49%
1,551

Male
51%
1,622

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

95%

6,826
students

Female
53%
3,569

Male
47%
3,257

5%

334
students

Female
73%
241

Male
27%
93

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 98%
Student 4 year graduation rate 83%
Student 5 year graduation rate 10%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

11%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
42%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

84

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Transfer difficulty

Most difficult

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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 Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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 transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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