Brown University

Providence, RI

Get to know Brown University

School Profile

Urban campus setting

7,125 undergraduate students

1,710 first-year students

97% students from outside of Rhode Island

14% first-generation students

106 nations represented by undergraduates


2,565 admits

5.1% applicants admitted

94% students in top 10% of HS class

SAT ERBW Middle 50%: 730-780

SAT Math Middle 50%: 760-800

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35


2,000+ courses and 80 academic concentrations

70+ special seminars capped at 20 students for first-year students

Student-to-faculty ratio 6:1

Introduction to Brown University

Brown is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Brown’s students are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world. The spirit of the Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the undergraduate experience. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving, and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery, and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries.

Students can pursue degrees in 80 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to Cognitive Neuroscience, and supplement their learning with certificate programs from Entrepreneurship to Engaged Scholarship. Whether you are interested in exploring the humanities, STEM fields, or perhaps even both, you will have plenty of personal interaction with faculty and live among students like yourself who are lifelong learners and leaders. Advising is available for students pursuing pre-med or pre-law. You can also extend your passions beyond Rhode Island by studying abroad through Brown’s programs or taking part in faculty-led international opportunities through an academic department.

Famous alumni include: Tom Watson '37 (President of IBM); Debra Lee '76 (President of BET); Ted Turner '60 (Founder of CNN); Brian Moynihan ’81 (Chairman/CEO of Bank of America); Jim Yong Kim '82 (President of the World Bank); Tracee Ellis Ross '94 (Actor); John Krasinski '02 (Actor); and Emma Watson '14 (Actor).

Fun Fact: Did you know that every year at midnight on Halloween, students cram into Sayles Hall to listen to the University organist play eerie music on the largest remaining Huchings-Votey organ in the world? 

The Open Curriculum encourages students to follow their interests without being restricted by core requirements. 

Brown’s U-FLi Center (Undocumented, FirstGeneration College and Low Income Center) is one of many campus centers that celebrate student identity and help build community. 

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