Brown University
Providence, RI 02912


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 9,781
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 12%
Student to faculty ratio 7:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 5,004 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Brown University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 32,390 applications and only 3,014 students were granted admission. Brown University is at the #7 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 49% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 67% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1370 to 1570
ACT31 to 34

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Brown University's tuition was $50,224 for all students regardless of residency (87.5% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 57% of Brown University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 13% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,459 (which is 1.3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Brown University in 2016-2017, was 360, which is 22% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,401 (which is 8.4% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Brown University has enrolled a total of 9,781 students (9,196 students full-time and 585 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 9,781 students, 61 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 48% men and 52% women and 6,926 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 2,855 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 41%

Non-resident alien: 18%

Asian: 13%

Hispanic: 10%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%

Black/African American: 6%

Two or more races: 5%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Brown University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Social Sciences 13% 242
Health Professions And Related Programs 11% 202
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 8% 153
Engineering 6% 111
Physical Sciences 5% 101
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 5% 100
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5% 93
Visual And Performing Arts 5% 87
Education 4% 80
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 4% 71

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Brown University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Brown University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $49,600. Last year, out of the total 838 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 763 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,093 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 995 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $49,600 $63,100
Employment Rate 91% 91%
Total Graduates 838 1,093

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Brown University.

Providence College
2.1 mile away
Bryant University
9.5 mile away
Roger Williams University
14.2 mile away
Wheaton College
14.9 mile away
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