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Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

About Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League university based in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading research university known for its innovative educational philosophy where the curiosity, creativity and the intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence. The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University.

A Brief History
A brief history

Brown traces its origins to 1764 with the granting of the Charter by the Rhode Island General Assembly. It was named Brown in 1804 after the son of merchant and college co-founder Nicholas Brown Sr.

General info
General information

A Brown education is a catalyst for creativity and entrepreneurship. The College offers 80 concentration programs that lead to the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science degree.


Acceptance Rate

1440 - 1550

Average SAT Score

31 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.6 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Brown

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Urban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 7,160 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,660 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 5.4%
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What is the median starting salary of Brown graduates?

$55,000 USD

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How hard is it to get into Brown?

Very! Brown’s acceptance rate is below 7%.

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Notable alumni

Known as known as Brunonians, Brown alumni represent a group which have changed the world in the areas of government, acting, science, business, medicine and athletics. Notable alumni include actor and director John Krasinski, media proprietor, Ted Turner, John F. Kennedy Jnr, Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang, and Olympic gymnast and silver medalist, Alicia Sacramone.

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Hear from Crimson student, Dan, who was accepted into Brown's Class of 2023.

Dan also received an offer from UC Berkeley to play rugby. He had a hard choice to make, but finally decided on Brown.

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