Brown University


Brown University is a leading Ivy League institution located in Providence, Rhode Island — three hours northeast of New York City and one hour south of Boston. Brown is proud of its distinctive undergraduate program, world-class faculty, and tradition of innovative and multidisciplinary study. Brown students are distinguished by their academic excellence, self-direction, and collaborative learning style. As the architects of their own education, undergraduates work closely with advisors to design a curriculum that allows them to maximize their education goals. Brown faculty members are preeminent in their fields, deeply committed to teaching undergraduates, and are leaders in advancing knowledge. With 79 fields of concentration (majors), myriad research and individualized study opportunities, and numerous study abroad options, Brown University provides a wealth of resources.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Fall Pre-Orientation Programs

Among the Fall Pre-Orientation Programs is an intensive, five-day writing program offered to selected incoming students who would benefit from additional orientation to Brown’s academic culture. The program includes five classes taught by distinguished Brown professors from a range of academic disciplines. Students complete reading and writing assignments and work with staff at Brown’s Writing Center. Brown’s Multicultural Center hosts a community-building event for entering students that promotes interracial understanding. The program helps all students identify and increase their awareness of issues encountered by minority students at Brown. During the weekend following the first several days of fall classes, students may participate in a program which helps them build community and leadership skills through dialogue, interaction, and outreach across cultural experiences and group identities, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, ability and religious affiliation.

Academic Advising & Support A Variety of Academic Enhancement Programs

The Dean of the College office provides a variety of academic support programs, such as tutoring and study skills workshops. It also offers advising to students regarding research opportunities and the planning of independent study projects that encourage and facilitate the optimal use of the academic resources at Brown.

Student Life & Support Brown Center for Students of Color

Brown’s Multicultural Center is the heart of the community for students of color. It is designed to serve their needs in particular, as well as to promote racial and ethnic pluralism on campus. Learn more about Brown Center for Students of Color

Student Diversity

  • 6,568
  • 49/51
  • 17%
    First-generation college students
  • 2%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 19%
  • 9%
    Black or African American
  • 13%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 55%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 15%

Student Success

  • 98%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 96%
    Six-year graduation
  • 91%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 79%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 802
    Full-time faculty
  • 140
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Engineering, Biology, Computer Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Economics, Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations, English, International Relations, Political Science, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, History, Literary Arts, Cognitive Neuroscience, Health and Human Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Students Association, Brown Arab Club, Aremian Student Association, Asian American Student Association, Asian Pacific Amerian Medical Students Association, The Brotherhood, Brownzilians, Cape Verdean Students Association, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Colombianos Unidos en Brown, El Concilio Latino, Filipino Alliance, Haitian Students Association, Hanuri, Hapa Club, Hawaii Club, Hindu Students Association, Hispanic Business Association, Hong Kong Student's Association, Interfaith House, International Organization, Italian Club, Japanese Cultural Association, Korean Adoptee Mentoring Program, Latin-American Student Organization, League of United Black Women, Muslim Students' Association, Native Americans at Brown, Organization of United African Peoples, Organization of Multi-Racial and Bi-Racial Students, Muslim Students Association, Pakistani Students at Brown, Pride, Queer Alliance, South Asian Student Association, Brown Taiwan Society, Vietnamese International Student and Alumni Group


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,224
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,142
    Required Fees
  • $13,200
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $121,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $47,940
    Average aid package
  • $20,455
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 17%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 88%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 32,390
    # of applicants
  • 9%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 700—800
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 700—800
    SAT Math
  • 700—790
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date