Brown University

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School Overview

Brown University is a private, Ivy League school located in Providence, Rhode Island. The university was founded in 1764 making it the third oldest institute of higher learning in New England (and the seventh oldest in the nation). Brown University was established prior to American independence. It was originally known as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Brown is known for its academic selectivity, accepting only 8.9% of undergraduate applicants. Brown University is made up of the School of Engineering, Alpert Medical School, Graduate School, and The College. The Watson Institute for International Studies organizes the international programs for Brown. Brown University instituted the New Curriculum in 1969, eliminating pluses or minuses in the letter grading system and the distribution requirements. The New Curriculum also allows courses to be taken on a no credit/satisfactory basis.

Brown University places a heavy emphasis on social sciences and humanities. The highest concentrations of undergraduates are in the Social Sciences (42%), then Humanities (26%), next Life Sciences (17%), and finally, the Physical Sciences (14%).

General Information

Admission Office

45 Prospect Street

PO Box 1876

Providence, RI 02912

(401) 863-2378

Fax: (401) 863-9300

Contact: James Miller

Dean of Admission
Main Address

Providence, RI 02912

(401) 863-1000

Total undergrads: 6,095

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,548

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,874

Graduate enrollment: 1,814


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $75

Online application fee: $75
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 14%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 98%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural History/Criticism B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
East Asian Studies B
European Studies B
French Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Italian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Slavic Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Musicology/Ethnomusicology B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Aquatic Biology/Limnology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Molecular Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Education – General B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

American Literature B
English Language & Literature – General B
English Literature (British) B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Slavic B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Community Health Services B


History – General B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Cognitive Science B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Development Economics B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Brown University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (401) 863-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 10,333
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 95%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 10,333 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $58,404
Out-of-state Tuition: $58,404
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 56%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $46,674

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Brown University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Brown University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 14712
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 71013
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 211
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 232
Education 161
Engineering 323
English Language and Literature/Letters 222
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1077
Health Professions and Related Programs 1355
History 111
Mathematics and Statistics 423
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 987
Natural Resources and Conservation 212
Philosophy and Religious Studies 322
Physical Sciences 836
Psychology 333
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 111
Social Sciences 11811
Visual and Performing Arts 586
Grand total 1938189

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Brown University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $58,404
Out-of-state $58,404
Books and supplies $1,632

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $58,180
Out-of-state $58,180

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 921 56%
Grant or scholarship aid 723 44% $46,674
Student loan aid 242 15% $9,188

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,247 46% $48,433
Federal student loans 911 13% $5,579

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Brown University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Brown University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 38,674 15,792 22,882
Percent admitted 100% 9% 6%
Percent admitted who enrolled 4% 5% 4%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Brown University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 10,333
Undergraduate enrollment 7,160
Graduate enrollment 3,173

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Brown University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs
    • Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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