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Brown University

Providence, RI

A distinguishing characteristic of Brown University is that it is a university college: a major teaching and research university yet a medium-sized liberal arts college. Brown, founded in 1764, is a private, Ivy League, liberal arts university. There is no core curriculum, and students may design their own majors. A pass/fail grading option is available, and all faculty members teach undergraduates. Its 140-acre campus is located in Providence, 45 miles from Boston.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students6,652
   Women3,526 (53.0%)
   Men3,126 (47.0%)
Graduate Students2,806


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate9% of 30,396 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math729 average
690-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading722 average
680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing727 average
690-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,106
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$45,071
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 35% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


Providence Population178,432
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBoston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 76% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotBrown Bear
Sororities8% of women participate
Fraternities 14% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
15.1% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
12.9% Hispanic/Latino
7.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
48.8% White
7.9% Unknown
International Students11.3% from 111 countries
First-Year Students Returning98.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.83 4.32 709 709 32
Low 2.00 2.20 530 550 1
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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• At Brown, students can design their own curriculum, can opt to receive pass/fail instead of grades and can graduate by satisfactorily completing only 30 units.

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