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Brown University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Learn about its admission info, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Brown University

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school number 15 of the best national universities and number 15 of the best value schools. Brown is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Brown University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 70 fields of study. Its programs are administered through undergraduate and graduate colleges, as well as through the School of Engineering and Alpert Medical School. Each year, Brown's 40 departments offer more than 2,000 courses. The school has both full- and part-time programs. It operates seven libraries, one collections annex, and an exhibit storage facility.

Undergraduate students are able to design their programs of study to include courses from multiple departments. The school's 'New Curriculum' was designed in 1969, and it emphasizes the 'liberal' in liberal arts education.

Students are able to study abroad in one or more of 14 countries, including Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Brown also offers pre-college programs for high school students.


Early decision undergraduate applications are due November 1 for fall entrance. Decision letters for these applicants are available online beginning in mid-December. Regular decision applications for fall admission are due January 2, with decision letters becoming available online in late March or early April. The school uses the common application, which is available online.

In Fall 2011, Brown received 30,944 undergraduate applications and accepted 9% of applicants. At that time, the critical reading SAT test scores for the middle 50% of enrolled, first-time students were 630-740, for math 650-760, and for writing 640-750. The middle 50% of ACT scores for the same group in the fall of 2011 were 28-34 for English, 30-34 for math, and 29-33 for composite scores.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, undergraduate tuition was $42,808. During the 2010-2011 school year, 51% of all undergraduate students received grants or scholarships, and 25% loans. Brown offers merit scholarships to Alpert Medical School and pre-college program students.

School Type Private, not-for-profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and Doctor of Medicine degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body About 6,400 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students (Fall 2011)**
Student Housing Students are required to live on-campus for first six terms of attendance; school guarantees students on-campus housing all four years*
Schools and Programs Approximately 70 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Economics (118)
Master's: Computer and Information Sciences (41)
Doctoral: Medicine (100)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for Students Who Began in Fall 2005 83% in 4 years, 95% in 6 years, 96% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 9% (Fall 2011)**
Entering Class Size 1,532 (Fall 2011)**
First-Year Retention Rates for Students Who Began in Fall 2010 98% of full-time students**
Middle 50 Percentile ACT Composite Score of Applicants 29-33 (Fall 2011)**
Application Due Date January 2*
Decision Notification Date Late March or early April*
Tuition (2012-2013) $42,808 (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (17%), Pell grants (17%), other federal grants (15%), state and local grants/scholarships (5%), institutional grants/scholarships (46%), federal loans (23%)**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 64% (2010-2011)**

Sources: *Brown University, **IPEDS Data Center for Education.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of College Admission, Brown University, Box 1876, Providence, RI 02912
  • Phone: 401-863-2378
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