Brown University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Rhode Island


Often considered the most liberal of the Ivy League schools, Brown is well known for its open curriculum in which students craft their own plan of study. Like Dartmouth, Brown has more of an undergraduate focus than other top-ranked universities. Brown is situated in Providence, the capitol of Rhode Island. Boston is only a short drive or train ride away. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and it is a member of the Association of American Universities
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Most Popular Majors

Biology, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Human Biology, International Relations, Neuroscience, Political Science

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 8318
Total Grad Students: 2000
Undergraduate Students: 6318
Faculty: 1025

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information


Providence Rhode Island 2912


Main Email:

Main Phone: 401-863-1000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Julia Egan Bengochea
Director, Underagraduate Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Michael Goldberger
Director of Athletics , Athletic Department
(401) 863-2972

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Brown does not publish a minimum GPA requirement for transfer.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
To be transferrable, a course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. (A PASS/FAIL grade is acceptable if it is clear that "Pass" is equivalent to at least a "C" grade at that institution.)

Credits (Min/Max):
A transfer applicant must have a minimum number of 8 courses completed or else must apply as an entering freshman. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year and four-year institution is 15 courses.

Test Scores for Applying:
For transfer students, we prefer to see SAT/ACT scores. However, since the college you are endeavoring to transfer from may not have required such examinations as part of their admission requirement, we will not retroactively place this as a requirement.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Two letters of recommendation from college instructors or teaching assistants on college stationery are required. If you are planning to pursue a Sc.B. degree, we recommend that one of these recommendations be from a science or math instructor.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is required for admission consideration.

Application Fee:
Candidates for entry in either semester should submit their completed applications and the $75 application fee no later than March 1.

Other Requirements:
A Supplement to the Common Application form must be submitted before an application file for you can be started. Supplementary application materials such as music tapes, art slides, and/or writing samples should not be submitted; they are not required and

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 29 33
English 28 34
Math 30 34
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 630 740
Math 650 760
Writing 640 750

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 1621

Transfers Accepted: 175

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 11%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 9%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 2%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 1312

Other Expenses: 1702

Room and Board: 10906

Tuition and Fees: 42230

Total Cost: 56150

Note on Costs:
Brown University tuition for regular full-time students in the 211-212 academic year is $41,328.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Financial aid for transfer applicants is limited. In order to be considered for available funds, you must check "yes" to the Financial Aid question on Form 1 of the admission application and complete the appropriate forms by the requisite deadlines.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? No

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6178

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 59%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 41%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 24%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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