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Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

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Brown University overview
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Online brown.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Brown University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Founded in 1764, Brown University stands among the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the United States. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, this private Ivy League university integrates a characteristic open curriculum into a highly selective academic framework, allowing students the freedom to design their unique academic pursuits. The campus is notable for its Colonial-era architecture and urban setting, situated within walking distance of downtown Providence, approximately one hour from Boston. Brown provides a vibrant residence life with most undergraduates living on campus in university housing. Academically, Brown is renowned for its robust programs in liberal arts, engineering, and entrepreneurship. While the university does not emphasize athletic programs above academics, Brown competes in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Ivy League and is known as the Brown Bears.

In the most recent statistical year 50,649 prospective students applied, and 2,562 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,717 enrolled in the school.  10,585 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 604 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $62,680 plus fees of $2,466. Brown is ranked 11 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Brown is rated within the top 3% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Brown University overview
SAT 1490/1580
ACT 34/36
Estimated GPA 3.94

Applications Accepted

Brown University overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Brown University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$0
Other Fees$2,466
Room and Board $15,840
Budget for Other Expenses$2,700
Total One Year Cost$83,686

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$87,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

95% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Brown University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 28%
Biology 9%
English and Literature 6%
General Studies 6%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217156 IPEDS survey data for Brown University.

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