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Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Founded in 1764, Brown University is one of the ten oldest universities in the nation and maintains a tradition of excellence that has brought it national recognition. Brown was listed in U.S. News and World Report's rating of the top 25 universities in the nation in 1991.

Brown Graduate School's small size, program focus, and an unusual degree of freedom in determining degree requirements make it unique.Brown has several graduate programs that are nationally known, among them Hispanic Studies, and American Civilization.

Graduate students are encouraged to explore beyond the library or lab. Brown also hopes students will broaden themselves by exploring such professional forums as fund-raising, department committees, research groups, professional organizations, and classroom teaching. Special programs such as upper-level writing courses, language labs, and a teaching center assist graduate students with skills complementary to their disciplines.

Doctoral programs are available in anthropology, applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics and a number of other areas.

Brown University is located on the east side of historic Providence. College-owned apartments and graduate student housing are available.The university enrolls 5,587 undergraduate students full-time and 1,498 graduate students. Minorities account for 23% of the population, and Hispanics account for 1%.Overview

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1764
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 6,010
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $2,166,133,000
Admissions Address

Box 1920
Providence, RI 02912



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: James S. Miller
Admissions office telephone: (401) 863-2378
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $70
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.brown.edu/Admission Tuition deposit: None
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 3 4
Social studies N/A N/A
History 2 2
Academic electives 1 1
Total academic units 16 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Very important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 14%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 23%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 12%
Total applicants: 18,316
Total acceptances: 2,531
Total freshman enrollment: 1,469
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 37%
Male applicants: 7,233
Male acceptances: 1,190
Male freshman enrollment: 725
Female applicants: 11,083
Female acceptances: 1,341
Female freshman enrollment: 744
Out-of-state freshmen: 96%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,983
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 450
Students enrolled from waiting list: 35

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 91%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 99%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 46%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 96%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 670 – 760
Math: 680 – 770
Combined: 1350 – 1530

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 64.0% 69.0%
600-699 29.0% 26.0%
500-599 7.0% 5.0%
400-499 0.0% 0.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 20%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 28 – 34
Math: 27 – 34
Composite: 27 – 33

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 60.0% N/A N/A
24-29 36.0% N/A N/A
18-23 4.0% N/A N/A
12-17 0.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A


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