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Brown University-- #14 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

Brown is an elite private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,666 undergraduate students. Admission is highly competitive as the Brown acceptance rate is only 8%. 

Brown is known for offering its students the freedom to choose their academic journeys, while deploying knowledge to address critical and complex problems in the world.

This commitment to academic excellence, intellectual freedom and making an impact permeates throughout the University.

Unlike any other college, Brown’s  signature academic program for undergraduates encourages intellectual exploration and risk-taking and fosters rigorous multidisciplinary study in nearly 80 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to Cognitive Neuroscience to Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations. Morever, its unique, highly competitive program in Liberal Medical Education provides the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree and a medical degree in an eight-year continuum. Its School of Engineering prepares students for careers that will make a difference by seeking solutions to current problems that challenge our society.

If you are seeking freedom from the core curriculum and the independence to create your own curriculum and pave your own intellectual path of discovery, Brown is the university for you!

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$75
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT, essay optional
SAT Subject TestsTwo recommended. Program in Liberal Medical Education, strongly recommend one Subject Test in either biology, chemistry or physics.
AP and IB examsYou may self-report
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)See Brown essay questions below
RecommendationsTwo Teacher Recommendations. Stem majors, one recommendation from math or science teacher. Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) one recommendation from math and one from science teacher.
From Your High SchoolSchool Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report
Interview or Video Profile (Optional)2-minute personal video portfolio OR opt-in for an alumni interview
International StudentsTOEFL or IELTS
OptionalArt or Music Portfolio through SideRoom
Early DecisionNovember 1, decision by mid-December
Regular DecisionJanuary 1, decision by March 26. Commitment deadline for Regular Decision candidates - May 1
*Essay Questions:
First Year applicants to Brown are asked to answer three supplemental essay questions, which are provided below if you would like to begin work on your essays now.  
  1. Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it. (250 words)
  2. At Brown, you will learn as much from your peers outside the classroom as in academic spaces. How will you contribute to the Brown community? (250 words)
  3. Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective? (250 words)
If you are applying to the eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) or the five-year Brown-Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program (BRDD), you must complete the special program essays. Three essays are required for applicants to the PLME:  
  1. Committing to a future career as a physician while in high school requires careful consideration and self-reflection. What values and experiences have led you to believe that becoming a doctor in medicine is the right fit for you? (250 word limit)
  2. Most people describe a career as a physician/doctor as a “profession”, beyond a job. Describe for us what “professionalism” and “the profession of a physician/doctor” mean to you. (250 word limit)
  3. How do you envision the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) helping you to meet your academic personal and professional goals as a person and as a physician of the future? (500 word limit)
  One essay is required for applicants to the Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program:  
  1. The Brown|RISD A.B./B.F.A. Dual Degree Program provides an opportunity to explore your interests and prepare for the future in two distinct learning environments. Considering your understanding of both academic programs, describe how and why the specific combination of the art/design-focused curriculum of RISD and the wide-ranging courses and curricula of Brown could constitute an optimal undergraduate education for you. (650 word limit)

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

SAT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700 to 760
Math: 720 to 790
ACT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)Composite: 32 to 35
Math: 30 to 35
English 34 to 36
Rank96% students are top 10% of their class

IvyBound Consulting featured Brown University on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from June 4 - June 8, 2019

Day 1 • Brown University

According to US News & World Report, Brown University is ranked #14 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

Brown University: Private, total undergraduate enrollment of about 6,988 students and the campus size is 146 acres.

History: Founded in 1764.

Setting: City.

Tuition & Fees: $55,656

Housing: At Brown, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. Types of campus housing available: coed dorms, sorority housing, fraternity housing, theme housing.

Admit Rate: Highly competitive.

Diversity: Brown has a percentage of 54% males and 46% females. White 42%

Black 7%, Hispanic 12%, Asian 16%, American Indian / Alaskan 6 students, Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 6 students, Two or more races 6%, International 12%, Race Unknown 6%

Religious Affiliation: None

Other Awards by US News: #14 (tie) in National Universities, #6 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #17 in Best Value Schools.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

University motto:
The official motto is  “Deo Speramus”, which translates to “In God We Hope”.

Brown’s mascot is Bruno the Bear.

Brown, White  and Cardinal.

Brown’s athletic program is one of the U.S. News & World Report top 20—the “College Sports Honor Roll”—based on breadth of program and athletes’ graduation rates. Brown’s newest varsity team is women’s rugby, promoted from club-sport status in 2014. They’re members of the Ivy League athletic conference, which is categorized as a Division I conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Brown Bears are the third largest university sports program in the United States, sponsoring 38 varsity intercollegiate teams.

Day 3 • Academics/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

The student-faculty ratio at Brown University is 7:1, and the school has 70.3% t of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Brown offers a number of graduate studies through its Graduate School, which offers well-regarded programs in English and history, and the highly ranked Warren Alpert Medical School.

Academic Calendar:
Semester system

Undergraduate programs:
Alpert Medical School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies (which includes the IE Brown Executive MBA program).

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Most popular intended areas of undergraduate concentration are engineering; business; entrepreneurship and organizations; computer science; biology; biochemistry and molecular biology; political science; economics; English; applied mathematics; and history.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Social Sciences, Biology, English and Literature, General Studies, Visual and Performing Arts.

Resource centers:
Brown University has several resource centers on campus. The centers often act as sources of support as well as safe spaces for students to explore certain aspects of their identity. Additionally, the centers often provide physical spaces for students to study and have meetings. Although most centers are identity-focused, some provide academic support as well.

Student Life: There are approximately  400 student organizations on campus ranging from The Brown Jug comedy magazine to Brown Ballroom Dance, students can find a way to pursue their interests. Brown also has a small but vibrant Greek community with about a dozen chapters, including a few co-ed Greek organizations.The center section of the Van Wickle Gates on Brown’s campus opens only twice a year: once to let incoming students on campus for convocation and once to let recent graduates exit after commencement. Brown hosts an annual celebratory “Spring Weekend” with athletic events, concerts and free food.   Starting Salary: Brown alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $52,500.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Distinguished Brown alumni are from politics, business and finance, history of education, computer science and arts and media. Notables like Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Governor Jack Markell of Delaware, Apple Inc. CEO John Sculley and the actress Emma Watson.

Day 5 • Applying to Brown? Be Collegebound with IvyBound

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants: (Class of 2022)

Admission Rate:
7.7% (including early applicants)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
61%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted. 

Early Option:
Early Decision (November 1 is the deadline)

Regular Deadline:
January 1

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, Brown University, is extremely competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Brown is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare to apply to Brown. 

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #15 (tied) Nationally Ranked University, Vanderbilt. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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