Brown University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Brown University
Brown University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Admission to Brown University is one of the most selective colleges in the country with an acceptance rate of just 9% in 2016. Applicants will need grades and SAT/ACT scores that are well above average to get in. Like most selective institutions, Brown has holistic admissions, so your application essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement will all play an important role in the final admissions decision.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Brown University Description

Often considered the most liberal of the Ivy League schools, Brown is well known for its open curriculum in which students craft their own plan of study. Like Dartmouth, Brown has more of an undergraduate focus than other top-ranked universities, and academics are supported by a healthy 9 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Brown is situated in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.

Boston is only a short drive or train ride away. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and it is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,458 (6,652 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,366
  • Books: $1,540 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,200
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $68,106

Brown Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 57%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 43%
    • Loans: 23%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,116
    • Loans: $7,172

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Human Biology, International Relations, Neuroscience, Political Science
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track, and Field, Lacrosse, Rowing, Squash, Water Polo, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Baseball, Fencing
  • Women's Sports: Equestrian, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Basketball, Field Hockey, Fencing, Volleyball, Water Polo, Tennis, Softball, Squash

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Brown and the Common Application

Brown University, like all the Ivy League schools, uses the Common Application.