Brown University

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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

[email protected]

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.

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