Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University

Providence, RI

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Meet Brown University

Brown University is known for academic excellence rooted in an innovative Open Curriculum, our approach for more than 50 years. The Open Curriculum prepares undergraduates for productive lives by cultivating creative thinking, independence, and discovery through exposure to a rigorous curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences. At Brown, you’re the architect of your own education. You can sample courses in a wide range of subjects before immersing yourself in one of 80 academic concentrations—or you can invent your own. This innovative approach to education often demands more of students than a curriculum with core requirements. Exceptional students choose Brown—those who are intellectually curious, self-motivated, and prepared for the academic rigor of charting their own path.

Student-centered learning
Our world-class faculty celebrate students as the center of academic life at Brown. Faculty members make groundbreaking discoveries, advance understanding of cultures and peoples around the globe, and influence national and international policy. These same people who make such a major impact in the world are the teachers you learn from in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field. 

If Brown is for you, we’ll help you get here
Our financial aid policies enrich our campus community by ensuring that students of talent and ambition who qualify for admission can attend Brown—regardless of their economic circumstances. We’re committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all eligible undergraduates, as determined by our Office of Financial Aid. We’re need-blind when making admission decisions, meaning we don’t consider an applicant’s ability or inability to pay the cost of tuition when deciding who to admit. This applies to US citizens and DACA and undocumented students who attend high school in the US.

Brown at a Glance

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading Ivy League research university where students and faculty collaborate to address the defining challenges of a complex and changing world.

• 80 + undergraduate concentrations
• 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio
• 2,000 + undergraduate courses offered each year
• 50 doctoral programs
• 31 master’s degree programs
• 68% of classes have fewer than 20 students
• 957 full-time faculty
• 75+ countries where Brown students can study abroad
• 6 libraries

• 10,737 total students
• 7,222 undergraduates
• 2,920 graduate students
• 595 medical students
• 400+ student groups
• 13% of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college
• 45% of US students identify as a person of color
• 100% of first-year undergraduates live on campus
• 107 nations represented by undergraduates as well as 50 states plus DC and 67 languages
• 58 Rhodes Scholars
• 806 Fulbright Scholars have taught or done research in countries around the world
• 1,600+ students participate each year in Swearer Center community engagement programs

Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid
• 51,316 applications to the undergraduate Class of 2027
• 5.0% acceptance rate for the Class of 2027
• 100% of each student's demonstrated financial need met by Brown
• 50% of the Class of 2027 received need-based scholarship or grant aid
• 100% of students receiving financial aid have no loans in their University-packaged financial aid awards
• $27,580 average family responsibility for aided members of the Class of 2027
• $201 million in need-based scholarship budgeted for 2023-2024

Life after Brown
• 96% of 2021 graduates went on to employment or graduate/professional school within nine months of graduation
• 86% of 2022 graduates who applied to law school were admitted
• 81% of 2022 graduates who applied to medical school were admitted
• 119,650 Brown alumni in 152 countries around the world

• 34 Division I sports teams
• 38 club teams

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