Brown GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Brown GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Brown University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Brown University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of Brown's Admissions Standards:

As a member of the Ivy League, Brown University is one of the country's most selective colleges. In 2016, the acceptance rate was a mere 9%. In the graph above, the blue and green represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of students who got into Brown University have a nearly perfect 4.0 GPA, an ACT composite score above 25, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of above 1200. Your chances of being admitted will be far greater with standardized test scores above these lower ranges, and the great majority of successful applicants had an ACT composite score above 30 and a combined SAT above 1350.

Hidden beneath the blue and green in the upper right corner of the graph is a lot of red, so even students with a 4.0 and extremely high standardized test scores get rejected from Brown. It's one of the reasons I recommend that all students consider Brown a reach school, even if your scores are on target for admission. See this graph of Brown data for rejected students to get a clearer picture of the rejection data.

At the same time, don't give up hope if you don't have a 4.0 and a 1600 on the SAT. As the graph shows, some students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. Brown University, like all members of the Ivy League, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Meaningful extracurricular activities and strong application essays (both the Common Application essay and the many Brown supplemental essays) are extremely important pieces of the application equation. Also, keep in mind that high grades aren't the only factor on the academic front. Brown wants to see that students have challenged themselves with AP, IB, and Honors courses. To be competitive for Ivy League admissions, you need to take the most challenging courses available to you. Brown also makes an effort to conduct alumni interviews with all applicants.

If you have artistic talents, Brown University encourages you to show off your work. You can use SlideRoom (via the Common Application) or submit Vimeo, YouTube, or SoundCloud links to your materials. Brown will look at up to 15 images of visual art and up to 15 minutes of recorded work. Students interested in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies do not need to audition or submit portfolios, but strong supplemental materials can obviously flesh out and strengthen an application.

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    Brown University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected Students

    Brown University GPA, SAT and ACT Admissions Data for Rejected Students
    Brown University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected and Waitlisted Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

    The reality of a university with a 9% acceptance rate is that many, many excellent students receive rejection letters. The graph above shows GPA, SAT and ACT data for students who were rejected and waitlisted, and you can see that lots of applicants with 4.0 averages and high standardized test scores were not admitted to Brown University.

    Why Does Brown Reject Strong Students?

    In one way or another, all successful applicants to Brown shine in multiple ways. They are leaders, artists, innovators, and exceptional students. The university works to enroll an interesting, talented, and diverse class. Unfortunately, many worthy applicants do not get in. The reasons can be many: a lack of perceived passion for one's chosen area of study, a lack of leadership experience, SAT or ACT scores that aren't quite as high as similarly qualified candidates, an interview that fell flat, or something more in the applicant's control such as application mistakes. On a certain level, however, there is quite a bit of serendipity in the process and some good applicants will strike the fancy of the admissions staff while others might fail to stand out from the crowd. This is the reason why Brown should never be considered a match or safety school. It is a reach school, even for highly accomplished applicants.

    To learn more about the university and what it takes to get in, be sure to visit the Brown Profile.