Brown University
One Prospect Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2378
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Brown University, founded in 1764, is the nation’s seventh-oldest college and an Ivy League institution. Brown has a total enrollment of 8,454 students, and is highly selective, with 91% of applicants in the top 10% of their high school classes. Brown is a boon to the local economy in Providence and is the city’s sixth-largest employer. The university plays a major role in its surrounding community by encouraging students to give back to local schools and participate in social entrepreneurship efforts. In addition, Brown is the largest center for scientific research and development in the state, spending $135 million on research in 2009 alone. The university is also highly-ranked among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Programs Offered

Brown University is a research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through its 40 academic departments, as well as medical degrees. Students can choose from more than 70 undergraduate concentrations. Brown offers 48 doctoral programs and 28 master’s programs through its graduate school. Continuing education at Brown provides adult and professional programs as well. Courses of study are diverse, and include anthropology, biomedical engineering, Egyptology and ancient Western Asian studies, Judaic studies, neuroscience, philosophy, and more. Brown offers a few online programs, most notably the IE Brown Executive MBA program, which blends some face-to-face classroom time at the Providence campus and a campus in Spain with online instruction. In fall 2012, Brown University is expected to launch an executive master’s program online as well.


Brown University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutes of Higher Education, and has held this accreditation since 1929. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the Council on Education for Public Health, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.


Brown University seeks out the best, brightest, and most diverse students from the U.S. and around the world for its undergraduate programs. This highly selective university only admitted 8.9% of the students who applied to the university to be a part of the undergraduate class of 2015. Students typically apply online using the Common Application. Before completing the Common Application, however, prospective students are asked to complete the Brown supplement, which requires information specific to Brown, asks students to reveal information about who they are and what motivates them, and asks students to choose one of three essay questions to answer in 300 words or less. Students must also have their high school guidance counselor send required documents, including their high school transcripts, mid-year report card, and recommendations from teachers or other school officials.

Finally, students must submit official standardized test results from either the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled students must complete a homeschool supplement. Students who are accomplished in a certain area have the option to include supplementary materials, such as a sampling of their work in art or music. Graduate and medical programs have a different set of admissions requirements, and students should check their individual program for more information.

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