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Brown University

Providence, RI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate6%

About Brown

Brown University is a prestigious Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown is ranked as one of the top universities in the world and known for its academic reputation, unique approach to education, and commitment to research.

Brown’s open curriculum is a distinct feature that sets it apart from other competitive universities. The university has no specific general education requirements which provides students with a high degree of flexibility when it comes to choosing courses and designing their educational path - students are free to select courses based on their own interests and passions. 

Some of the most popular majors at Brown include biology, computer science, english, economics, political science, psychology, and visual arts. Brown encourages collaborative learning through small class sizes, accessible faculty, group study sessions, and research opportunities. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research and the university provides several programs and fellowships to support student research throughout the year. 

Brown University athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Ivy League Conference. The most competitive sports at Brown include football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, and track and field. In addition, club and intramural sports are also popular at Brown. Some popular club and intramural sports include soccer, flag football, dodgeball, lacrosse, sailing, water polo, taekwondo, and ultimate frisbee. 

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Brown University is also known for its picturesque campus of varied architectural styles, iconic greens, monuments, and landmarks. The Van Wickle Gates are iconic wrought-iron gates who’s opening and closing mark the beginning of and end of the year. The Quiet Green and the College Green are areas of open green spaces that offer students a place to study, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. 

What the CC Community is saying about Brown University

"I switched majors at least 3 times; my final advisor was 100% accessible, made sure that I was not only on track to finish the major, but that I was completing various requirements “just in case” I decided on grad school in that field down the road (I wasn’t interested in applying to programs senior year, but he counseled “never hurts to be prepared”). If I had made a late decision to apply to grad school, he was already ready with two faculty recommendations, and had made sure I was qualified for any Doctoral program in that field in the US."

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Brown University is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was founded in 1764. The college currently enrolls around 10,696 students a year, including 7,349 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Brown University

It is extremely difficult to get into Brown. In 2022, Brown accepted 6% of applicants. In 2022, 46,568 students applied to Brown and 2,568 were admitted.

Brown University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 16%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 51%

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Brown University is located in the city of Providence, Rhode Island, near Boston.

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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.

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Brown SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

720 - 770


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

740 - 800

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