Students Say

Known for its somewhat unconventional (but still highly regarded) approaches to life and learning, Brown University remains the slightly odd man out of the Ivy League, and the school wouldn’t have it any other way. The school’s willingness to employ and support different, methods such as the shopping period, the first two weeks of the semester where anyone can drop into any class to “find out if it’s something they’re interested in enrolling in,” or the Critical Review, a student publication that produces reviews of courses based on evaluations from students who have completed the course, is designed to treat students “like an adult” through “freedom and choice.”

Overview

Applicants
30,431
Acceptance Rate
9%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
660 - 770
SAT Math
670 - 780
ACT Composite
30 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Known for its somewhat unconventional (but still highly regarded) approaches to life and learning, Brown University remains the slightly odd man out of the Ivy League, and the school wouldn’t have it any other way. The school’s willingness to employ and support different, methods such as the shopping period, the first two weeks of the semester where anyone can drop into any class to “find out if it’s something they’re interested in enrolling in,” or the Critical Review, a student publication that produces reviews of courses based on evaluations from students who have completed the course, is designed to treat students “like an adult” through “freedom and choice.” This open-minded environment allows them “to practice passion without shame or fear of judgment,” the hallmark of a Brown education. Even if students do find themselves exploring the wrong off-the-beaten path, “There are multitudes of builtin support measures to help you succeed despite any odds.” Even grades are a non-issue here, “except amongst paranoid premeds.”

Professors are mostly hits with a few misses, but there are “amazing professors in every department, and they’re not hard to find”; it’s just “up to students to find the teaching styles that work for them.” “Academics at Brown are what you make of them,” and even though students are diligent in their academic pursuits and feel assured they’re “getting a wonderful education with the professors,” most agree that their education is “really more about the unique student body and learning through active participation in other activities.” The administration gets cautiously decent reviews for their accessibility and general running of the school, but it also gets scolded for getting “distracted by the long term.” The president, however, is absolutely loved by students for being “an incredible person with a great vision for the school.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
1,040
with Terminal Degree
928

654
Men
386
Women
176
Minority
46
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Janet Yellen 1967
Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Bobby Jindal 1992
Governor of Louisiana

Laura L. Linney 1986
Actress, Emmy, Golden Globe Awardee, Oscar Nominee

Craig. C. Mello 1982
Scientist and 2006 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology/Medicine

Jim Yong Kim 1982
President, World Bank

John B. Krasinski 2001
Actor, Director, Writer, stars in NBC show, The Office

Debra L. Lee 1976
Chairman and CEO, Black Entertainment Networks (BET)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Obviously, the stellar education and overall academic experience a student receives from such an impressive institution as Brown University does not come without a cost. Tuition is over $44,600 per year, with room and board adding another $11,600. With $1,000 more for required fees, total costs are approximately $57,000. However, Brown University generously meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of all undergraduates; Fifty-seven percent of undergrads receive financial aid, and the average need-based gift aid is more than $38,000.

Bang For Your Buck

The Brown community forges an original relationship with the world and makes a distinctive contribution to global research, service, and education. Brown’s global reach extends beyond the gates of campus to establish the university’s place as a positive force in a complex and interconnected world. Brown students, staff, and faculty are engaged in local schools, hospitals, religious groups, charities, and social-justice organizations. Students are encouraged to get involved in the diverse and dynamic communities beyond the campus gates. The independent nature of the school in general “is one of the things that makes it such a strong institution,” according to a student here. Because of the open curriculum, “we have the freedom to study what we want to study, unhindered by a core curriculum, with the connections and resources that an Ivy provides.” Another undergrad is pleased that “it allows me to truly figure out what I would love to study and pursue.” “It may seem intimidating because there is not much of a guide as to what a student should take, but it depends on the student to pave his or her own way.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,043

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,738

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,586

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,382

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
33%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$40,043

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,408
Required Fees
$1,026
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,420

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,578
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

It’s a pretty unique crowd here, where “athletes, preps, nerds, and everyone in between come together” because they “love learning for the sake of learning, and [they] love Brown equally as much.” “The ‘mainstream’ is full of people who are atypical in sense of fashion, taste in music, and academic interests,” says a junior. Unsurprisingly, everyone here’s “very smart,” as well as “very quirky and often funny,” and “a great [number] are brilliant and passionate about their interests;” “most have interesting stories to tell.” People here are “curious and open about many things,” which is perhaps why sexual diversity is a “strong theme” among Brown interactions and events. The overall culture “is pretty laid-back and casual,” and “most of the students are friendly and mesh well with everyone.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,548
Out of State
95%

International
14%
Foreign Countries Represented
109

Demographics

14.80%
Asian
7.43%
African-American
12.76%
Hispanic
49.47%
Caucasian
8.86%
Unknown
13.99%
International

52% female
48% male
95% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Thinking—yes, thinking—and discussing take up a great deal of time at Brown. “People think about life, politics, society at large, global affairs, the state of the economy, developing countries, animals, plants, rocket science, math, poker, each other, sex, sexuality, the human experience, gender studies, what to do with our lives, etc.,” says a senior anthropology major. “Most people here don’t go home that often,” and like any school, “there are people who go out five nights a week and people who go out five nights a semester.” “Alcohol and weed are pretty embedded in campus life,” and most parties are dorm room events, even though partying “never gets in the way of academics or friendship. If you don’t drink/smoke, that’s totally cool.” There’s also plenty of cultural activities, such as indie bands, student performances, jazz, swing dancing, and speakers. Themed housing (art house, tech house, interfaith house) and co-ops are also popular social mediators.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
79%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student and Employee Accessibility Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Catherine Axe, Director Disability Services

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A current, complete psycho-educational evaluation is required and will hopefully have been done when the student could be evaluated using adult scales. Aptitude testing such as the WAIS III; achievement testing such as the Woodcock-Johnson IV; and information processing as appropriate are required.We require that the evaluation come from a qualified provider and that they use objective measures to make the diagnosis.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
We prefer to have the same documentation that we request for documenting a learning disability. We require that the evaluation come from a qualified provider and that they use objective measures to make the diagnosis.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
20

14% join a fraternity
8% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

77% participate in intramural sports
14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bears)
18 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bears)
22 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rugby
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Providence College

Sustainability

Brown is indeed the new green. Retrofits of lighting, motors, and mechanical equipment have been completed in many existing buildings on campus, and new construction will meet LEED Silver standards at minimum. The university’s commitment to limiting greenhouse gas emissions goes beyond the campus to impact the greater Providence area. Brown is actively engaged in community sustainability through its involvement on a variety of committees at local and state levels, helping to guide policy and foster collaboration. In 2011, Brown received an Excellence Award from the International Sustainable Campus Network, and biodegradable to-go containers and unbleached napkins are the norm in campus dining areas. The university’s After the Harvest program provides compost material to a local orchard, and 100 percent of dining hall tray content waste is diverted to a local pig farmer. Students lend muscle to the university’s sustainability efforts through emPOWER, the environmental umbrella organization that has the mission to “change the campus climate” by promoting environmental sustainability, and Eco-Reps, a group that works to foster a culture of environmental stewardship. Student initiatives include reducing the supply and demand of bottled water around campus, promoting a bike share and hosting A Better World by Design, an internationally acclaimed conference on sustainable and socially conscious design. Students looking to work in the environmental sector may enroll in undergraduate programs in environmental science and engineering with a focus on environmental factors. Brown has also invested $1.8 million to achieve a reduction of approximately 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCDE). Off-campus, the USGBC Rhode Island Chapter offers students a hands-on education in sustainability issues and matches students with green mentors, internships, and leadership opportunities.

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
No

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
39%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
26

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of College Admission
Box 1876
Providence, RI 02912

Phone
4018632378

Email
admisison@brown.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The College Green
Nelson Fitness Center
Libraries - John Hay, Rockefeller
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Providence's East Side
Theater
Museums & Galleries
Providence Place Mall
Newport, RI
The East Side - Shops and restaurants on Thayer Street and Wickenden Street. Theater - Trinity Repertory, Providence Performing Arts Center Museums and Galleries - Bell Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, AS220 Historic sites - Slater Mill, Benefit Street

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday a.m. Sept.-Nov.
8:30am-5pm (Jun-Aug 8am-4pm); Sats. 9-12 am
4018632378

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Visit the website during the academic year for current class visit schedule.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
T.F. Green airport in Warwick is approximately 10 miles from the campus. A shuttle service is available outside the terminal building after each flight arrival; the shuttle will take you to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Providence. Near either terminal, you can get a taxi to the campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North or South: Take Exit 22A to Downtown Providence. Continue straight on Memorial Boulevard. At the fourth set of lights, turn left onto College Street. At the top of the hill, turn left onto Prospect Street. Take your first right onto Waterman Street. The Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center will be on your right. From the East: Take Exit 2 to South Main Street and continue for half a mile until the first set of traffic lights. Turn right onto College Street and then left at the top of the hill onto Prospect Street. Take your first right onto Waterman Street. The Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center will be on your right. From the Northwest: Follow Route 146 to I-95 South then follow directions above (from north and south).

Local Accommodations
Providence offers a number of hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts within walking distance to campus.
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Key Stats

30,431
Applicants
6,548
Size
9%
Acceptance Rate
1440
SAT Scores

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