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Brown University Admissions Information

Brown University
Providence, RI (map)


Founded in 1764 in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in America and is a member of the Ivy League. Brown is known for its innovative curriculum that allows students tremendous flexibility in designing their educations. With no general requirements to fulfill, undergraduates can map out their own course of study. Brown tends to attract highly motivated and self-starting students who thrive in this academic freedom. The Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering are among Brown’s many graduate programs.

The Princeton Review recently voted Brown the #1 college in America for happiest students. Brown students enjoy a rich array of pursuits outside the classroom, from rock bands and Division 1 sports teams to community service and independent scientific research. Most undergrads live in on-campus residence halls, which border scenic quads and create close-knit communities within the larger student body.



Basic Info

Main Address: 45 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
Phone Number: (401) 863-2378  
Website: http://www.brown.edu/  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts, Research Institution  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban setting, small city  
Athletics: Division I, Club, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 6,244  
Percent out-of-state: 86%  
Percent international: 8.9%  
Female to Male ratio: 52:48  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 8:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
International Relations and Affairs
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Cooperative housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Women's housing
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Wide selection of clubs and student-organized activities.  

Fun Facts

  • Voted #1 "Happiest Students"
  • Voted #17 "Best College Theater"
  • Voted #5 "Best College Radio Station"

Admissions Information

Admitting fewer than 10% of its applicants, Brown is one of the most selective schools in the nation. Its admissions committee takes a holistic approach in evaluating students; according to the University website, "Every component of the application, from the transcript to the recommendations and from the essays to the short responses, helps us piece together a candidate's story."

Admissions address: Admission Office
Box 1876
45 Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
Phone number: (401) 863-2378  
Fax number: (401) 863-9300  
Admissions Website: http://www.brown.edu/admission  
Email: admission_undergraduate@brown.edu  
Contact Person: James Miller
, Dean of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 30,135  
Percent of applicants admitted: 9.3%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action, non-restrictive)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes; school-specific supplements required  
Admission requirements: Essay
Two academic teacher evaluations
School Report
Mid-year Report
Final Report
Standardized test scores
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes: SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT. If submitting ACT, the writing section is required.  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Brown University accepts the highest section scores across all SAT test dates submitted.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3094  
ACT code: 3800  
Learn more about other Ivy Leauge schools:
Princeton   Dartmouth   Yale   Harvard  

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