Brown University.

Brown University

Providence, RI4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, it is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. At its foundation, Brown was the first college in the U.S. to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation. Its engineering program was established in 1847, making it the oldest in the Ivy League. The university was one of the early doctoral-granting U.S. institutions in the late 19th century, adding masters and doctoral studies in 1887. In 1969, Brown adopted a New Curriculum sometimes referred to as the Brown Curriculum after a period of student lobbying. The New Curriculum eliminated mandatory "general education" distribution requirements, made students "the architects of their own syllabus" and allowed them to take any course for a grade of satisfactory (Pass) or no-credit (Fail) which is unrecorded on external transcripts. In 1971, Brown's coordinate women's institution, Pembroke College, was fully merged into the university; Pembroke Campus now includes dormitories and classrooms used by all of Brown. Admissions is among the most selective in the United States, with an acceptance rate of about 7% for Fall 2019.The university comprises the College, the Graduate School, Alpert Medical School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies (which includes the IE Brown Executive MBA program). Brown's international programs are organized through the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and the university is academically affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Rhode Island School of Design. The Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, offered in conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, is a five-year course that awards degrees from both institutions. Brown's main campus is located in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The university's neighborhood is a federally listed architectural district with a dense concentration of Colonial-era buildings. Benefit Street, on the western edge of the campus, contains "one of the finest cohesive collections of restored seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architecture in the United States".As of November 2019, 8 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with Brown University as alumni, faculty, or researchers, as well as five National Humanities Medalists and 10 National Medal of Science laureates. Other notable alumni include 24 Pulitzer Prize winners, eight billionaire graduates, one U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, four U.S. Secretaries of State, 54 members of the United States Congress, 56 Rhodes Scholars, 52 Gates Cambridge Scholars, 50 Marshall Scholars, and 14 MacArthur Genius Fellows.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 6,670 students
  • 0.67 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Brown University

Environmental Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Mass Communication and Media Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

2,779 students out of 32,723 applicants were accepted into Brown University. They had an average SAT score of 1494. 55% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 61% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Brown University was $53,419. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $71,050.

Financial aid available at Brown University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

46% of undergraduate students at Brown University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Brown University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Brown University was of $14,020 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,571.

Diversity at Brown University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017