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Academics

Interdisciplinary-focused Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island is dedicated to undergraduate freedom, meaning students must take responsibility for designing their own courses of study via the Open Curriculum. Students sing the praises of the academic flexibility at this Ivy League institution and the accompanying emphasis on social action. "We would not be...strong students and teachers without a proper system in place to encourage that," says one undergrad. Those who roam these hallowed halls are "constantly questioning what could make the world and our school a better place." Every person "has their own interests and pursues it without any push from others," which is why Brown can be a "very intense" place to go to school—not because students are competing academically with each other, but "because there are so many people doing so much and fighting so hard for it."

Brown's faculty "are at the top of their fields and are working on research that pushes those fields forward." The "engaging, personal, and incredibly dedicated" professors are "the heart and soul of our strongest departments." They "care so much about what they do and connect with students on a very human level." Undergraduates come first here, and Brown encourages students to "explore their academic interests independently in order to experience everything that academics have to offer." "No other school I had looked at allowed students to... build their own academic journey without any general requirements," says one student. Graduates tend to "not just go to the normative career options," and "career and internship placement has become a top priority of the new university administration."

Student Body

This "knowledgeable and inspiring" community is made up of people who are "very intelligent, care about global issues, and possess one or two quirks." The school "has a way of molding people into their best selves," and the most common trait is "a true zeal for whatever it is that we care most about." Although this is a liberal campus, there are "a handful of conservatives," and "the entire body has a general chilled-out vibe." There is "a prevailing intolerance of intolerance on campus," and the culture of activism "bespeaks an idealism and a strong moral code that drives a lot of the work students do on campus." "I've never experienced so many people willing to have a conversation about topics that usually make people uncomfortable or that people stray away," says one student.

Campus Life

Life at Brown can be "exciting, but also filled with countless hours of study." Though academia reigns over the week, some people "go to house parties, sport parties, or downtown for the weekend," and there are "lectures, movie screenings, improv shows, dance performances, [and] a cappella showcases constantly." "Brown is generally a very happy place with many activities and events going on all the time," says a student. A great thing about these type of events is that "they are rarely exclusionary and the university is trusting of its students." Many here also do "intellectual activities or athletics over breaks," and "community clubs and special interest clubs (such as international student groups)" are extremely popular. Students also often go to the lounges in the dorms to watch movies with friends. The campus may be "beautiful," but when an off-campus breather is needed, students can easily walk one minute to Thayer Street and "enjoy restaurants and excellent dining" or walk twenty minutes to Providence Mall. Boston and New York are very close, but "Providence is busy enough that Brown never completely empties out."

Overview

Applicants
32,390
Acceptance Rate
9%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
680 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 790
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 780

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 790
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 800

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
885
with Terminal Degree
824

554
Men
331
Women
167
Minority
38
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
96%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • South Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Human Biology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geochemistry
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physics, General
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Music, General
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Bobby Jindal 1992
Former Governor of Louisiana

Daveed Diggs 2004
Actor, Rapper, Singer, Grammy Awardee, Tony Awardee of "Hamilton"

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

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
96%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$57,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$108,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$60,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$113,000

Percent High Job Meaning
54%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

CareerLAB is the colloquial name for the Center for Careers and Life after Brown, where students can meet with advisors, polish their cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, explore career fields, or get information about Brown's on-campus recruiting process. Any student organization or athletic team can request a specialized CareerLAB-staffed program just for their group on topics like "How to Network" or "How to Find An Internship." Students use the online resource BrownConnect to network with alumni and to find internships, research opportunities, mentorship, and career advice. For those interested in graduate school, pre-professional advising is offered in areas like Health, Law, and Business. According to PayScale.com, the median starting salary for Brown graduates is $57,100, and 54 percent of alumni derive a high level of meaning from their work.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,186

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,105

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,059

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
37%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,810

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$44,401

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,231
Required Fees
$1,188
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,571

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,236
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,020
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,926
Foreign Countries Represented
108

Demographics

14.10%
Asian
6.52%
African-American
11.67%
Hispanic
43.40%
Caucasian
6.09%
Unknown
11.31%
International

53% female
47% male
95% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Catherine Axe

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
20

11% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

74% participate in intramural sports
13% 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
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: College of the Holy Cross
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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.

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
30%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing 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 Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
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 March, 2017.

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
visitbrown@brown.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The College Green (Main Green)
Nelson Fitness Center
Libraries - John Hay, Rockefeller
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. A new 80,000sf building for the School of Engineering will open in late 2017, and among other things will provide space for faculty and undergraduate research, areas for collaborative work, and an advanced imaging suite.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Providence's East Side
Theaters
Museums & Galleries
Providence Place Mall
Newport, RI
WaterFire - an award-winning fire sculpture installation on three rivers. The East Side - Shops and restaurants on Thayer Street and Wickenden Street. Theater - Trinity Repertory, Providence Performing Arts Center, and additional regional theatre companies. Museums, Libraries & Galleries - Bell Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, AS220, The Providence Athenaeum. Historic sites - Slater Mill, Benefit Street - the famous "Mile of History."

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Weekdays; select Saturdays as posted.
Mon- Fri 8:30am-5pm (Jun-Aug, 8am-4pm), Sat 10-4
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
https://www.brown.edu/admission/undergraduate/visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.brownbears.com/landing/index

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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