With its diverse and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university committed to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. The student-to-faculty ration is seven to one. 

Faculty at Brown see students as the center of academic life. Not only are they experts in their fields, professors are dedicated to high-quality, innovative teaching and learning. Perhaps most importantly, they are mentors and guides who are deeply invested in the success and growth of Brown’s undergraduates.

Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in 81 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Brown’s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study. Brown actively seeks students from all income groups.

Brown meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. Through The Brown Promise initiative, Brown has eliminated packaged loans from all undergraduate financial aid awards. Our generous financial aid ensures that financial considerations do not prevent talented students from choosing Brown.

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 8.6%
  • Average ACT: 32-35
  • Average SAT: 1370-1570 (with writing included)
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Architecture; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Business; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Economics; Education; Engineering; English; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Environmental Sciences; Gender Studies; Geology; History; International Relations; Linguistics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies; Drama/Theatre Arts
  • Full list of majors availablehttps://www.brown.edu/academics/college/concentrations/


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $77,738


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Women's Rowing; Men's Rowing; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Fencing; Women's Fencing; Women's Field Hockey; Women's Equestrian; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Football/Soccer; Women's Football/Soccer; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Women's Skiing; Men's Volleyball; Women's Volleyball; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Rugby; Men's Ice Hockey; Women's Ice Hockey; Men's Wrestling; Men's Water Polo; Women's Water Polo; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Athletics/Track and Field; Women's Athletics/Track and Field 

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