Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University

Providence, RI

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Undergrad Science & Engineering Diversity

Tuition & Fees

$60,696

not including housing and food

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
770
25th
710
75th
790
25th
730
75th
36
25th
34
75th
35
25th
30
75th
35
25th
33
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undergraduateRatios

46%

male

54%

female

7

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

7%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,822
Declined 33,971
Total Received 36,793
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Private

7,553

undergraduate students

3,254

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Brown University'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 10,807
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: Small-medium city

Brown University
1 Prospect Street
Providence, RI
02912

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
72%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

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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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

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

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
770
25th
710
75th
790
25th
730
75th
36
25th
34
75th
35
25th
30
75th
35
25th
33

Admissions Facts

Application fee $75
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Recommended
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 5
School has early decision program Yes
Early decision program application deadline November 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Recommended

Extremely Selective

7%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,822
Declined 33,971
Total Received 36,793

Admissions Factors

Required

Recommendations
Completion of college-preparatory program
Secondary School Record

Recommended

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Secondary School Rank
Secondary School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies

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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

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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Financial Aid

46%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$47,590

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $59,254
Housing $9,774
Food $6,118
Additional fees $1,442
Books & supplies $1,642
Total $78,230
Average Financial Aid - $47,590
Total with Avg. Aid $30,640

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,741,020
State $146,179
Institutional $132,214,931
Other external $4,903,029
Total $143,005,159

Non-need-based

Federal $3,519
State
Institutional $80,000
Other external $5,718,124
Total $5,801,643

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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 401 863-2721
F: 401 863-7575
financial_aid@brown.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined yes yes
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Equestrian yes
Fencing yes yes
Field hockey yes
Football yes
Golf yes yes
Gymnastics yes
Ice hockey yes yes
Lacrosse yes yes
Other sports yes
Rowing yes yes
Skiing yes
Soccer yes yes
Softball yes
Squash yes yes
Swimming and diving yes yes
Tennis yes yes
Volleyball yes
Water polo yes yes
Wrestling yes

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/Recreational Sports

badminton, basketball, bowling, corn hole, dodgeball, flag football, golf, ice hockey, inner-tube water polo, kickball, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, Wiffle ball

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
The Ivy League, ECAC (ice hockey), Collegiate Water Polo Association, Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Acting. yes
African Studies. yes yes yes
African-American/Black Studies. yes
American/United States Studies/Civilization. yes yes yes
Ancient Studies/Civilization. yes yes
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature. yes
Anthropology, General. yes yes yes
Applied Mathematics, General. yes yes yes
Archeology. yes yes yes
Architecture. yes
Art History, Criticism and Conservation. yes yes yes
Art/Art Studies, General. yes yes
Astronomy. yes yes
Behavioral Aspects of Health. yes yes
Behavioral Sciences. yes yes
Bilingual and Multilingual Education. yes
Biochemistry. yes yes yes
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. yes yes yes
Bioethics/Medical Ethics. yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes yes yes
Biophysics. yes yes
Biostatistics. yes yes
Biotechnology. yes yes
Business Administration and Management, General. yes
Business/Managerial Economics. yes
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology. yes yes
Chemical Physics. yes
Chemistry, General. yes yes yes
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology. yes yes yes
Clinical and Translational Science. yes
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics. yes yes yes
Cognitive Science, General. yes yes yes
Community Health and Preventive Medicine. yes yes yes
Comparative Literature. yes yes yes
Computational Biology. yes yes
Computational Mathematics. yes yes
Computer Science. yes yes yes
Computer and Information Sciences, General. yes yes yes
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance. yes
Contemplative Studies/Inquiry. yes
Creative Writing. yes yes yes
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis. yes
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy. yes
Data Science, General. yes
Development Economics and International Development. yes yes yes
Directing and Theatrical Production. yes
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. yes yes yes
East Asian Studies. yes yes
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics. yes yes yes
Economics, General. yes yes yes
Education, General. yes yes
Elementary Education and Teaching. yes
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics. yes yes
Engineering, General. yes yes yes
English Language and Literature, General. yes yes yes
English/Language Arts Teacher Education. yes
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies. yes yes
Environmental Science. yes yes
Environmental Studies. yes yes yes
Epidemiology. yes yes
Experimental Psychology. yes yes yes
French Language and Literature. yes yes yes
French Studies. yes yes yes
Geochemistry. yes yes
Geology/Earth Science, General. yes yes yes
Geophysics and Seismology. yes yes
German Studies. yes yes yes
Health Services Administration. yes
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General. yes yes yes
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies. yes yes yes
History, General. yes yes yes
Human Biology. yes yes
International Relations and Affairs. yes yes
Italian Studies. yes yes yes
Jewish/Judaic Studies. yes
Latin American and Caribbean Studies. yes yes
Latin Language and Literature. yes
Linguistics. yes yes yes
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography. yes yes
Mass Communication/Media Studies. yes yes yes
Mathematics and Computer Science. yes
Mathematics, General. yes yes yes
Medical Science/Scientist. yes yes
Medieval and Renaissance Studies. yes
Molecular Medicine. yes yes
Molecular Pharmacology. yes yes
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. yes yes
Museology/Museum Studies. yes
Music Technology. yes yes yes
Music, General. yes yes yes
Musicology and Ethnomusicology. yes yes
Near and Middle Eastern Studies. yes yes
Neuroscience. yes yes yes
Philosophy. yes yes yes
Physics, General. yes yes yes
Playwriting and Screenwriting. yes
Political Science and Government, General. yes yes yes
Portuguese Language and Literature. yes yes yes
Psychology, General. yes yes yes
Public Health, General. yes yes yes
Public Policy Analysis, General. yes yes yes
Religion/Religious Studies. yes yes yes
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods. yes yes yes
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. yes
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education. yes
Science, Technology and Society. yes yes yes
Slavic Studies. yes yes yes
Social Sciences, Other. yes yes
Social Studies Teacher Education. yes
Sociology, General. yes yes yes
South Asian Studies. yes yes
Spanish Language and Literature. yes yes yes
Statistics, General. yes
Urban Studies/Affairs. yes yes
Women's Studies. yes

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Biological Sciences
  3. Computer Science

Programs Offered

  • Double majors
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine

10,807

total students

4%

in-state

96%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

70%

7,553
students

Female
54%
4,058

Male
46%
3,495

30%

3,254
students

Female
49%
1,591

Male
51%
1,663

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

93%

7,060
students

Female
53%
3,710

Male
47%
3,350

7%

493
students

Female
71%
348

Male
29%
145

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Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
41%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

2%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: March 1

Spring: March 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transferred

60

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

60

semester hours

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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

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