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Brown Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Brown, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $75. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

Considering Applying Early to Brown?

Brown University offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The early decision acceptance rate at Brown is 18%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 8%. Last year,, Brown admitted 800 of the 4549 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Brown Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Brown is extremely difficult. Brown evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Brown **accepted 8% of students, around 2,822 of the 36,793 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Brown, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Brown?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Brown

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Brown 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Brown must submit the following items. Double check with Brown's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Common Application, Brown Supplemental Questions
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Brown?

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Brown 95% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Brown University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 23%

Brown has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 70% of Brown's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Brown?

To be competitive with other Brown applicants, you should strive to earn between 1440 and 1550 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Brown 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1550 and 25% of scored lower than 1440, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Brown students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Brown students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Brown?

To be most competitive at Brown, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Brown's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Brown students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Brown University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Brown.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Brown during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Brown Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Brown?

Students who are admitted to Brown must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Brown accept transfer credits?

Brown accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Brown accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Brown accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsbut does not accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Brown?

No, Brown is test optional, so you can choose whether to include your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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Brown Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

8%

How hard is it to get into Brown? Brown is a selective institution. The Brown acceptance rate is 8%. This means that the institution accepts 7 out of every 100 applicants.

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Brown Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Brown is Jan 1.

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

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ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

33 to 35

Avg

33 and Less

Low

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Brown SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1550

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Math SAT Range

730 - 790

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Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

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Brown GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,948

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

8%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$62,504

Out-of-State

$62,504

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Application Deadline

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