Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University

Providence, RI

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An education like no other

A special kind of student chooses Brown University—one who is intellectually curious, self-motivated, and prepared for the academic rigor of charting their own path. At Brown, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive community of students where everyone is welcome and differences are celebrated—and where all members are valued, respected, and provided with equal opportunities to thrive. Creating and supporting this diverse and inclusive community is central to our mission of academic excellence.

To support students from a diverse array of communities, we offer resources like the Brown Center for Students of Color, which was founded 40 years ago. The Center serves as a hub for students of color and promotes conversations about diversity and inclusion on campus. It’s a gathering place for communities of color and hosts cultural and informational events that are open to all students.

The Undocumented, First-Generation College, and Low-Income Student Center is a communal academic and social space for members of the Brown community who identify with the first-generation and/or low-income student experience. This Center aims to contribute to the endurance and success of students whose parents didn’t complete a four-year college education.

Across the Brown campus, a nexus of organizations and spaces encourage all students, faculty and staff to find a sense of belonging, build relationships across differences and develop leadership and life skills to thrive intellectually and personally. These also include Brown-RISD Hillel, the Global Brown Center for International Students, LGBTQ Center, Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Office of Military-Affiliated Students, and Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender.

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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