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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Brown is an elite private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,565 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Brown acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Biology, Economics, and Computer Science. Graduating 96% of students, Brown alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $49,600.
About Brown University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
One Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
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Brown University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1370-1570
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$25,264/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,849/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,164/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,697/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,308/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,695/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,565Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    49%
  • Non-judgemental
    16%
  • Uniquely themselves
    14%
  • Open
    9%
  • Privileged
    5%
  • Aggressively, almost closed-mindedly passionate
    2%
  • Indifferent
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.89 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.103 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    43%
  • Pushing students to think differently
    23%
  • Progressive
    15%
  • Vibrant
    9%
  • Liberal to the point of being flawed
    6%
  • Collaborative
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$63,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses
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Brown is amazing! I am convinced it is the best school in the world. The faculty is incredible and genuinely cares about the students. The students support each other and work hard every day. The education is intense and very high quality. Class options are vast, and the open curriculum gives students the ability to try many different subjects and classes that they maybe would not have tried otherwise.
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I think that there are a handful of really dedicated, engaging professors at Brown, and the student body is diverse and interesting. Some departments are amazing, but others are very lacking. Unfortunately, most people that I have met at Brown have negative attitudes towards the school. The health services and residential life departments are awful, most of the administrators that I have spoken to are rude and careless, and the financial aid office is unhelpful. In my experience, the school just doesn't seem invested in students' success or well-being. That being said, the open curriculum is a very unique system that encourages students to explore different subject areas and get a well-rounded education.
I love Brown!!! My academic experience over the past two years has been truly incredible: I have been challenged by both my professors and the entire community. Beyond my classes, I have been participated in many great extracurriculars, from the orchestra to the swing club to the community engagement opportunities through the Swearer Center. What I love most about Brown, though, is the atmosphere of learning in a supportive, collaborative environment. No student is out to get anyone else. That doesn't mean we slack off; instead, it means that people are kind and ready first of all to look after each other. The reason we keep academic standards so high isn't because we compete with one another, but instead because we each have a remarkable drive to learn and really exceptional abilities to do so. This collaborative environment is a testament to the success of the Open Curriculum, as fostered by the faculty, administration, and students -- and staff, of course -- all working together.