A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-
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Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
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
1370-1560
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
$22,957/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,695/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,119/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,206/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,143/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,140/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
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.59 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,318Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    45%
  • Non-judgemental
    16%
  • Uniquely themselves
    16%
  • Open
    11%
  • Privileged
    5%
  • Aggressively, almost closed-mindedly passionate
    3%
  • Indifferent
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.84 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.98 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    48%
  • Pushing students to think differently
    24%
  • Progressive
    14%
  • Vibrant
    10%
  • Liberal to the point of being flawed
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
National
48%
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 University is an amazing place to go for undergrad. There's simply nowhere else that I'd rather spend four years learning and growing as a person. The open curriculum allows for lots of exploration and risk-taking in the classroom, and this culture bleeds into student life as well. The environment here is very relaxed and collaborative, and the students here are kind, accepting, and fun. And coming from a SoCal kid, the weather isn't even that bad! I've only been at Brown for one year, but I'm so glad I made the choice to come here when I was deciding between colleges last April.
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Having lived in Morriss-Champlin for the past year and now moving to Perkins this year, I have gotten almost the worst end of the stick in my first two years of housing on Brown's campus. Both dorms are easily viewed by the student body to be the worst freshman and sophomore housing selections; nevertheless, living in those dorms has neither impeded nor discouraged me to engage in the social atmosphere of the campus or successfully get to classes. There are much, much better accommodations on campus for first and second years, both closer to campus and included more advanced amenities; I also will add that Perkins is getting a renovation this summer and will undoubtedly have better amenities next year!
Professors, even in large lecture classes, are always approachable and friendly. They are open to extensions when asked and even small talk. However, with the amount of time you have with each professor (this also depends on the size of the class) it's unlikely for you to become very friendly with any teachers throughout college unless you take initiative.

Classes can range from 7 people to 200. There are a variety of options, usually intro classes are big while seminars, language classes, and specific topic classes are smaller. With large classes there is an immense amount of TAs that are always available to help. They also run review/discussion sections to allow students to ask specific questions and get advice from experts who already aced the class.

Most classes, in the humanities, make you do a lot of reading, have a smaller discussion section, and then 2-4 big assignments like midterms, finals, essays, take home exams, etc.

The variety of courses speaks for itself. There are too many choices and they are all interesting!