Brown UniversityBrown University combines an adventurous spirit of innovation with a steadfast commitment to rigorously high standards in education and research. This has given Brown University its reputation as the least ‘stuffy,’ most non-conformist of the Ivy League schools. Brown believes that students learn best when they are motivated by their own interests and values. It strives to give its students an opportunity to design an educational experience uniquely suited to their interests.

Brown University studentsUndergraduates can choose from one hundred established degree concentrations (ranging from neurology to Egyptology) or design their own programs. Graduate students can choose from fifty different programs, ranging from multidisciplinary programs in the arts and humanities to highly-focused programs in engineering, biology, and medicine.

Brown’s Medical School is particularly noted for offering a unique Program in Liberal Medical Education. This is an eight-year-long program that combines undergraduate and professional study, and has the aim of producing physicians who combine a commitment to medical practice with a broad and humanistic understanding of the world. It is both highly regarded and highly competitive – the School usually receives over twenty applications for each class space available.

Brown campus

The key thing to understand about Brown University is that it asks its students to take center stage in the learning experience. Brown expects its students to be active participants in their own education, and to actively seek knowledge across disciplinary boundaries as well as to acquire the fundamental knowledge and analytical skills needed for success in their chosen fields. This makes for an exciting and profoundly satisfying educational experience, especially for students with confidence, intellectual curiosity, and focus. However, it’s also one that might be overwhelming for students who prefer more academic structure and direction. Brown University supports its students – faculty and staff are available to give students advice, guidance, and feedback on their educational choices – but its program inherently demands a great degree of initiative and self-direction.

The Brown educational experience truly is different from what many other U.S. institutions offer. Potential students (undergraduates especially) should give this aspect of Brown  University careful thought as they consider whether to apply to Brown University.


Acceptance Rate

Brown acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Brown top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Brown SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Brown University ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Decision
Early decision application deadline: November 1.
Applicants are notified December 15.

Regular Decision
Regular decision deadline: January 2.
Decisions are mailed the first week of April.

Transfer application deadline: March 1.
Decisions are mailed May 15.

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 36,794
Enrolled: 1,662
Yield: 60.8%
Acceptance rate: 6.9%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2021 (Class of 2025) applicants: 5,540
Enrolled: 885
ED acceptance rate: 16.0%

Waitlist Statistics
127 waitlisted applicants were offered admission last year.

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 2,030
Admitted: 118
Acceptance rate: 5.8%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 94%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700-770
SAT Math: 740-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 31-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Brown does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Brown requires the writing portion Writing portion not required

Brown does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

* Student-athletes must still take either the ACT or SAT in accordance with Ivy League recruitment requirements.

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Brown University graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Brown score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 83.5%
5 years: 93.6%
6 years: 95.6%

Loan default rate: 1.0%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 57

Salary after attending: $67,500

R&D Expenditures: $244.8 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 27
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 16
Car thefts: 1

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Brown University financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $76,604

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $80,448

Net Cost
Average: $27,218

By income
$0 to $30,000: $201
$30,001 to $48,000: $6,684
$48,001 to $75,000: $11,689
$75,001 to $110,000: $21,634
$110,001 and more: $43,592

Graduates with student debt: 31%

Average student debt at graduation: $24,304

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Brown undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Brown University student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
Women: 54%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 69%
20 to 39: 17%
40 to 99: 10%
100+: 4%

Student Population
Total: 10,333
Undergraduate: 7,160

Student Residence
In State: 4%
Out of State: 81%
International: 15%

Brown University student population

Brown University crest

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This page was last updated in December 2020.