Brown University requires at least 30 course credits (1 credit = 4 semester hours) to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Brown, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Brown accepts transfer credits. The school accepts and IB credits. Additionally, Brown has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 95% of students who start college at Brown finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Brown offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Brown may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Brown does not have a core curriculum. Since there are no specific-classes required in order to graduate, students have a lot of flexibiity about what classes they choose to take.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Brown directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Brown students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Brown.
Student Designed Majors
Brown allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Brown does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at Brown
Brown offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ Brown offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Brown does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
❌ Brown does not offer credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken during high school.
✅ Brown offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Brown.
❌ Brown does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Brown does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the John D. Rockefeller Library and there are 7 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Brown does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Brown have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Brown has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Brown include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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