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

www.brown.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 6,095

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,548

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,874

Graduate enrollment: 1,814

Setting

Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
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

Education – General B

Engineering

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

History – General B

Mathematics

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

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
Website:www.brown.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:https://www.commonapp.org
Address:One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:9,781
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):95%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:7 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:9,781 (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:$51,366
Out-of-state Tuition:$51,366
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:57%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$40,116

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Brown University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Brown University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies13712
Biological and Biomedical Sciences71012
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services211
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services222
Education161
Engineering323
English Language and Literature/Letters222
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1077
Health Professions and Related Programs344
History111
Mathematics and Statistics423
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies857
Natural Resources and Conservation212
Philosophy and Religious Studies322
Physical Sciences836
Psychology222
Public Administration and Social Service Professions111
Social Sciences11711
Visual and Performing Arts586
Grand total897486

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
In-state$51,366
Out-of-state$51,366
Books and supplies$1,540

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$51,152
Out-of-state$51,152

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid91457%
Grant or scholarship aid69343%$40,116
Student loan aid37423%$7,172

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,21448%$39,154
Federal student loans1,50823%$6,230

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 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants32,39012,87219,518
Percent admitted100%11%8%
Percent admitted who enrolled5%6%5%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
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 2017

Total Enrollment9,781
Undergraduate enrollment6,926
Graduate enrollment2,855

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 Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

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