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.

Website: www.brown.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,926
Undergraduate
Students
(53.3%) 3,693 Women
(46.7%) 3,233 Men
2,855
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
9% of 32,390 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
705-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$73,892
Tuition and Fees
$55,556
Room and Board
$14,670
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$47,438
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$25,471
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
793
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
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Campus Life

Providence Population
178,432
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
76% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Brown Bear
Sororities
9% of women participate
Fraternities
11% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
15.9% Asian
7.4% Black/African-American
13.2% Hispanic/Latino
7.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
48.9% White
6.9% Unknown
International Students
10.7% from 108 countries
First-Year Students Returning
98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 3 4
Social Studies   1
History 2  
Academic Electives   1

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One Prospect Street
City, State, Zip
Providence, RI 02912
Phone
(401) 863-2378
Fax
(401) 863-9300
E-mail
admission@brown.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Common Application, Brown Supplemental Questions, Alumni Interview if convenient for the applicant required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
9% of 32,390 applicants were admitted
Women
8% of 19,518 applicants were admitted
Men
11% of 12,872 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,697 (56%) of 3,014 admitted students enrolled
Women
911 (57%) of 1,597 admitted students enrolled
Men
786 (55%) of 1,417 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
22% of 3030 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
82

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
78%
Score of 600 - 700
20%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
705-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
80%
Score of 600 - 700
18%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
84%
Score of 24 - 29
16%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 92%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$73,892
Tuition and Fees
$55,556
Room and Board
$14,670
Books and Supplies
$1,595
Other Expenses
$2,071
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003401
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
982 (60.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
772 (78.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
772 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
772 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,438
Need-Based Gift
Received by 720 (93.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $44,435
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 677 (87.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,852
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
4 (.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,889

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
3,302 (49.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,929 (88.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,929 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,929 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,269
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,736 (93.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $45,644
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,580 (88.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,574
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
8 (.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,458

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
34%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$25,471
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
4.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
12
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,628
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Archeology
  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Computer and information sciences, Mathematics and statistics
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
793
Part-Time Faculty
123
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
83%
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Not accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Not available

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,567,029
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
320
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Arts, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Community Health
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Epidemiology
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Pathobiology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing
  • Russian
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Urban Education
  • Western European Studies
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Allopathic Medicine
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Community Health
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • French
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Services Research
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Italian
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Publishing
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Slavic Languages
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Western European Studies
  • Writing

Location and Setting


Providence Population
178,432
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
154 acres

Weather

Temperature
19.1 average low in January, 76.9 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Providence
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Providence

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
76% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
24%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Brown Bear
School Colors
Brown, white, and red

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Equestrian Sports x      
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Gymnastics x      
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Skiing (Downhill) x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Water Polo x   x  
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Gymnastics x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Water Polo x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports    
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Gymnastics    
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Skiing (Downhill)    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Water Polo x  
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, sailing, ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
9% of women participate
Fraternities
11% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,926
Women
3,693 (53.3%)
Men
3,233 (46.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,565
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
15.9% Asian
7.4% Black/African-American
13.2% Hispanic/Latino
7.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
48.9% White
6.9% Unknown
International Students.
10.7% from 108 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
2,855

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
95.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Law 10%
Arts and Sciences 10%
Medicine 9%
Education 5%

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