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Colleges / Brown University

Brown University

Providence, RI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate6%
Acceptance Rate6%

About Brown

Brown University Overview

Brown University is a private, nonprofit school in the urban setting of Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was founded in 1764 and the school currently enrolls around 10,696 students a year, including 7,349 undergraduates. Brown provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 5, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Brown!

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Brown students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Brown has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Brown has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Brown on the Student Life page.

2022 Brown Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 16%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 51%
Tuition $62,680
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $59,749

Is Brown a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Brown offers and if it could be the right college for you.

Brown Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into Brown. Around 6% of applicants get into Brown each year. In 2022, just 2,568 out of the 46,568 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Brown

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 98% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Browncome back their sophomore year. 95% of Brown undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Brown Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Brown by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Brown directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Brown's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Brown University's endowment was $4.7 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $34,086 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Brown

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Brown meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $59,749 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $24,102 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Brown.

Based on this information, does Brown seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Brown a good school for you?

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Where is Brown?

Brown is located in the urban setting of Providence, Rhode Island, less than an hour from Boston.

If you would like to see Brown for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Providence, or book a flight to the nearest airport, T.F. Green.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Brown and Providence are like without leaving home.

Considering Going to School in Rhode Island?

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College Info

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

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35 and Above


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Brown SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

720 - 770


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

740 - 800

Brown Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Brown is like? There are approximately 10,696 students enrolled at Brown, including 7,349 undergraduate students and 3,347 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 6% percent are from RI and 94% percent of students are from other states.


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