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Providence, Rhode Island

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Chances of getting into Brown University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Brown University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Brown and can I get accepted? The school has a 8% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Rhode Island for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,822 out of 36,793 applicants were admitted making Brown an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Brown University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 62% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Brown University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Brown University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 63% of students submitted SAT scores and 49% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Brown SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Brown University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1440
SAT Scores for Brown University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1500

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Brown University?

Brown University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1440 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1380. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Rhode Island for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Brown University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >13%
1500 to 1560 Avg + 8%-13%
1440 to 1500 Avg - 5%-8%
1380 to 1440 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1380 Low <3%
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Brown ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Brown University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Brown University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Brown?

Admission data indicates that Brown regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Rhode Island for highest average ACT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Brown University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Brown University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >13%
34 to 35 Avg + 8%-13%
33 to 34 Avg - 5%-8%
32 to 33 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 32 Low <3%
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Brown GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Brown University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Brown. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Brown University was 3.94 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Brown extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.94 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.94 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.94 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

95% of Brown University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Brown University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 95%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Lower 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Brown University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,743 15,050 36,793
Accepted 1,428 1,394 2,822
Acceptance Rate 7% 9% 8%
Enrolled 918 838 1,756
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 64% 60% 62%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Brown University is $75.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Brown University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Brown University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Brown University
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

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


Does Brown University prefer SAT or ACT?

63% of students submit their SAT scores to Brown. 49% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Brown University?

8% of those who apply are granted admission to Brown. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Brown University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1440 and 1560. 63% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Brown University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 49% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.