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Brown University Overview

Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Brown University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$58,057 Avg Cost After Aid
6% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Brown may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 6 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Brown is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Brown.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 88% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Brown with a bachelor's degree make about $87,811 a year. That's 115% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Brown student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Brown University?


Contact details for Brown are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
Phone: 401-863-1000

How Do I Get Into Brown?

You can apply to Brown online at:

Admission Requirements for Brown

Submission Required?
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Brown?

6% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
51% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 6%, Brown is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 7%, and the acceptance rate for women is 5%.

Average Test Scores

About 51% of students accepted to Brown submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 770. Math scores were between 740 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brown University  ( 720 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Brown University  ( 740 to 800 )
Brown received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 35 and 36. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Brown University  ( 35 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Brown University  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Brown University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Brown University?

$58,057 Net Price
10% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Brown is $58,057. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Brown, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $11,328 a year. That adds up to $45,312 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brown is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Brown University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,082 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,349 undergraduate students at Brown, with 7,082 being full-time and 267 being part-time.


There are also 3,347 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,082 full-time undergraduates at Brown, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Brown University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,286
Black or African American 532
Hispanic or Latino 797
White 2,924
International Students 788
Other Races/Ethnicities 755

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at Brown University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 117 countries are represented at Brown. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Brown University

74 Took All Classes Online
1,477 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2020-2021, 1,477 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Brown has changed over the last few years.



*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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