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Brown University

Providence, RI 4-Year Private

About Brown

Brown University is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Providence, RI, less than an hour from Boston.

Founded in 1764, the institution currently enrolls around 9,948 students a year, including 6,792 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $4,700,000,000. The school spends $34,086 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Brown

Acceptance rate: 8%

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 31

Brown Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to Brown is extremely difficult. Around 8 percent of all applicants to Brown are accepted each year.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 286 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Brown a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Brown, around 92 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,560 students who started at Brown as first-time freshman, 1,305 graduate within four years.

Brown's six-year graduation for undergrads is 95 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,443 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Brown sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Brown a good school for YOU?

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Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Brown and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

One Prospect Street Providence, RI 02912

Campus Setting: Urban

Brown Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Brown is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Brown is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Brown ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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Brown SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1550


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


Reading SAT Range

700 - 770

Brown Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Brown is like? There are approximately 10,333 students enrolled at Brown, including 7,160 undergraduate students and 3,173 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 5% percent are from RI and 95% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



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