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So, you’re thinking about applying to Brown, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 9.3%, admission to Brown is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1560, or an ACT score of around 34.

Not quite there? You still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Improve your chances on getting accepted to Brown by taking one of our offered SAT prep courses. Let’s take a closer look at Brown admission statistics.

Brown Admissions Statistics

Brown’s acceptance rate in 2016 was 9.3%. For students applying to the class of 2020, out of 32,390 applicants, Brown admitted 3,015. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 4.05, the average ACT score was 32, and the average SAT score was 1490.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 29, and the 75th percentile ACT score was 34.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1410. The 75th percentile score was 1560.

If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

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Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Brown is extremely competitive. Even with a perfect SAT score of 1600 and a GPA of 4.0, your chances of admission are about 19%. With a perfect ACT score of 36 and a 4.0, your chances are about 21%. So, even if Brown is your dream school, you’ll want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took at a look at Brown’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

Brown Application Requirements

To apply to Brown, you’ll need to fill out the Common App and the Brown supplement, submit an ACT or SAT score, two SAT Subject Test scores (recommended but not required), a school report, and two letters of recommendation from your teachers. Everything should be submitted by November 1 for Early Decision and January 1 for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of the application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application, answer Brown’s supplementary questions, and pay an application fee of $85 (or apply for a fee waiver)
  • Submit an ACT or SAT score, along with your writing score
  • Submit your high school transcript and a school report
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from your teachers, and one from your guidance counselor
  • Submit a mid-year report
  • You may sit for an optional interview

The application deadline is November 1 for Early Decision, and January 1 for Regular Decision. November 14 is the Early Decision financial aid application deadline, and March 1 is the Regular Decision financial aid application priority deadline. Early Decision notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates on March 31. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Brown? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.

Brown Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Brown, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • 118 students were their high school valedictorians, 39 were salutatorians, and 382 were in the top 10% of their graduating class
  • Dozens of countries are represented, including Bangladesh, Honduras, Mongolia, Switzerland, Vietnam, Slovakia, and Saudi Arabia
  • 54% of students are female and 46% are male
  • 12% are first-generation college students
  • 56% attended a public high school

Brown has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • African American: 9%
  • Asian American: 20%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 11%
  • Native American:2%
  • Other: 6%
  • White: 55%

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What do these admitted students plan to study? Brown College offers over 79 concentrations, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of the top programs:

  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

Brown Tuition Figures

At $65,380, Brown’s tuition is astronomical. But, don’t panic! With its generous financial aid, the average student will pay much less, and the university reports that 100% of student need is met.

Here’s a fuller look at Brown tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $64,390
  • Average financial aid package: $45,071
  • The average student debt of a Brown graduate is $22,197
  • Students are expected to make a contribution from their summer earnings, but most parents are expected to donate $0

For the latest numbers and to learn more about financial aid options, click HERE.

Now, what is life like at Brown? Let’s take a look.

Brown Location

Brown comprises 235 buildings on College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island’s East Side. Brown is the largest landowner in Providence. Although there isn’t much of campus, Brown has beautiful eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings, along with a European, organic landscape.

All Brown freshmen live what are called “units,” communities of 40-60 first year students and a few peer counselors. There are 49 buildings featuring residence halls, which were built between 1822 and 2012.

Remember, you’re going to Brown for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

Brown Academics

Brown has dozens of majors. Students are required to take 30 courses (120 semester hours) to graduate, including classes in their major, as well as liberal arts requirements.

Some of Brown’s more interesting majors are:

  • Development Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Hispanic Literatures and Culture
  • Modern Culture and Media

Brown’s academic year begins on September 6 and ends on May 19.

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Brown.

Student Life at Brown

Brown has more than 300 student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Brown’s student groups:

  • The Brown Daily Herald, an independent weekly since 1891
  • Brown Gilbert & Sullivan Society
  • Brown Television
  • Brown Journal of World Affairs
  • Brown Political Review
  • Brown University Band
  • Mock Trial
  • Brown Opera Productions
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • Brown Debating Union

Are you an athlete? Brown’s got plenty of options for you.

Brown Athletics

Brown is in the NCAA Division I Ivy League, and competes in 37 intercollegiate sports. Brown has one of the largest sports programs of any college in the U.S., with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Brown’s intercollegiate teams include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Crew
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Water polo
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Who might you become with a Brown degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

Notable Alums

Brown has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire/li>
  • Ted Turner, founder of CNN
  • John F. Kennedy Jr., son of former President John F. Kennedy
  • Jeffery Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlsex and The Virgin Suicides
  • S.J. Perelman, humor writer for The New Yorker
  • Chairman of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
  • Alternative singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb
  • Academy Award-nominated actress Laura Linney
  • Harry Potter actress Emma Watson
  • Television stars John Krasinski (The Office) and Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Brown is extremely competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the Ivy League schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

Best of luck with your applications and don’t forget to ckeck out Prep Expert!

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