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Brown University Overview

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

What Is Brown University Known For?

2,097 Undergraduate Awards
$57,870 Avg Cost After Aid
8% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Brown may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 7 to 1.
  • Students at Brown have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Brown.
  • In 2017-2018, 90% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Brown bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $67,500 a year. That's about 65% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Brown student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Brown University Rankings

We have ranked Brown as #13 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Brown also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Rhode Island ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Brown has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Brown.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Applied Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Information Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Brown has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#3 Best Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

Where Is Brown University?

Location of Brown University

Contact details for Brown are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
Phone: 401-863-1000
Website: www.brown.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrownUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrownUniversity

How Do I Get Into Brown?

You can apply to Brown online at: https://www.commonapp.org

Admission Requirements for Brown

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Brown?

8% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
55% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Brown, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 8%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 10%, and the acceptance rate for women is 8%.

Average Test Scores

About 55% 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 705 and 780. Math scores were between 700 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brown University  ( 705 to 780 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Brown University  ( 700 to 790 )
200
800
Brown received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 29 and 35. Composite scores were between 31 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Brown University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Brown University  ( 29 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Brown University  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Brown University?

$57,870 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Brown is $57,870. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Brown, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $8,232 a year. That adds up to $32,928 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brown is 1.0%. 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

6,735 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,043 undergraduate students at Brown, with 6,735 being full-time and 308 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Brown

There are also 3,214 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,735 full-time undergraduates at Brown, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Brown

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Brown Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,040
Black or African American 432
Hispanic or Latino 770
White 2,891
International Students 754
Other Races/Ethnicities 848

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.

Brown University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 185 85 13 283
Economics 162 16 11 189
Applied Mathematics 146 21 9 176
Public Health 58 115 2 175
General Engineering 86 63 20 169
Medicine 0 0 128 128
General Biology 120 2 0 122
Area Studies 89 19 13 121
History 87 16 6 109
Public Policy 36 59 0 95
Entrepreneurial Studies 91 0 0 91
Political Science & Government 72 8 10 90
General English Literature 84 1 4 89
Physics 19 36 13 68
Human Biology 62 0 0 62
International Relations & National Security 61 0 0 61
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 52 0 8 60
Writing Studies 47 11 0 58
Biomedical Engineering 30 18 9 57
Fine & Studio Arts 50 2 3 55
Child Development & Psychology 45 1 1 47
Mathematics 23 8 15 46
Science, Technology & Society 19 23 0 42
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 32 5 4 41
Geological & Earth Sciences 22 14 5 41
Drama & Theater Arts 16 21 3 40
Business Administration & Management 0 39 0 39
Biotechnology 0 37 1 38
Communication & Media Studies 32 2 2 36
Chemistry 11 13 9 33
Sociology 17 12 4 33
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 9 20 3 32
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 32 0 32
Urban Studies 31 0 0 31
General Education 29 0 0 29
Music 24 0 5 29
Computer Information Systems 27 0 0 27
Ethnic Studies 23 2 2 27
Information Technology 0 26 0 26
Medical Science 0 24 0 24
Philosophy 18 2 4 24
Anthropology 15 6 3 24
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 22 0 0 22
Educational Administration 0 22 0 22
Classical Languages & Literature 19 0 2 21
Cognitive Science 11 4 4 19
Historic Preservation 0 19 0 19
Interdisciplinary Studies 16 2 0 18
Natural Resources Conservation 18 0 0 18
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 7 10 17
Other Social Sciences 17 0 0 17
Religious Studies 11 1 2 14
Behavioral Science 8 5 0 13
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 12 0 12
Archeology 11 0 1 12
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 2 9 11
Romance Languages 7 1 2 10
Multilingual Education 0 9 0 9
Statistics 8 0 0 8
Classical & Ancient Studies 1 1 5 7
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7 0 0 7
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 2 4 6
General Architecture 5 0 0 5
Molecular Medicine 0 0 2 2
Engineering Physics 2 0 0 2
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 2 2
Medieval Studies 2 0 0 2
Astronomy & Astrophysics 2 0 0 2
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0
South Asian Languages 0 0 0 0
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 0 0
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,097 846 353 3,296

References

*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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