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Brown University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 19th 2019By -  Nidhi Mittal

Brown University offers admission to students from over 50 countries every year. The total number of undergraduate applications received by the university for the class of 2022 was 35,437 and out of which only 2718 applications were accepted. Stats show that it’s a highly competitive university. The acceptance rate at Brown University was recorded to be an all-time low of 7.7%, and only 15% of international students could get admissions. Currently, the university offers more than 1700 undergraduate & 33 graduate programs of study

  • Brown University mainly invites applications for the Fall season, however, admissions are granted for the summer term too.
  • Applicants must keep track of their application status.
  • International Students: can apply through the Common Application. Applications must be submitted two weeks before the deadline in order to avoid last minute confusion
  • The university is very selective so try to begin preparation at least 4-5 months prior.


Application PortalCommon application Portal 
Application fee75 USD (non-refundable)
Acceptance Rate8% (Fall 2018 undergraduate based)
SAT range1400-1570
ACT range31-35
Mode of PaymentOnline
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall
Work ExperienceRequired by some of the offered graduate programs
Financial AidAvailable

Brown University Admission Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission:

For Undergraduate
Early decisionNov 1 
Regular decisionJan 1
For graduate 
Application dates may vary as per the chosen program

Brown University International Student Admissions

The process of filling application for Brown University is as same as US applicants, International applicants just need to provide English proficiency scores and must fulfill their visa requirements.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • All the official academic transcripts
  • English proficiency scores are required for International candidates.
  • Two letters of recommendation/Teacher evaluation must be submitted by the applicant.
  • SAT/ACT scores (the essay section of the SAT exam is optional), ACT (the writing section in ACT exam is optional)
  • University will also encourage applicants to submit a grade paper from an English, Literature, History, Economics, or other Humanities or Social Studies class. (If attempted essay section of the SAT or writing section of ACT than Grade paper is not needed)
  • Some of the programs require some additional requirements like Interview, letter of intent, etc.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

English proficiency must be submitted by International applicants and the minimum required scores are mentioned below :

Exam typeMin Score

Visa Process for International Students

  • For obtaining F-1 or J-1 visa, the university will send the form to the candidate from Brown after they have been admitted.
  • An immigration form is required if you are applying for an F-1/J-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy
  • The I-20/DS-2019 will be issued from the SEVIS and you have to take fee receipt
  • You will need a copy of the payment receipt in order to apply for your visa.
  • Also, candidates have to provide the documents showing sufficient funds
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Brown University Undergraduate Admissions

Brown University offers more than 1700+ undergraduate courses. The requirements of each program are basically the same.

Where to Apply: Common application Portal

Application Fee: 75 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Official high school/diploma transcripts
  • SAT/ACT scores
    • SAT code: 3094
    • ACT code: 3800
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants
  • School Report. The School Report form is available on the Common Application website and must be completed and submitted by the candidate's school counselor or school official.
  • Midyear School Report. Applicant’s midyear school report including final grades for fall courses and a list of their spring courses can be submitted online through the Common Application.
  • Counselor Recommendation. Note : School Report and Counselor Recommendation are separate items on the Common Application. Applicants must make sure that they choose “invite” their school counselor to complete both items.

Brown University Graduate Admissions

Brown University offers more than 34 graduate courses. The basic requirement of each course is common but some of the courses or departments like School of Engineering have their own requirements and most of the course have their own deadlines.

Given below is a list of popular graduate programs offered at Brown University along with their admission requirements:

RequirementsBiomedical EngineeringComputer ScienceData ScienceEngineering
Application DeadlineApril 15Fall: March 15;
Spring: October 15
Rolling basis (till March 15)Feb 1 (with full consideration)
May 15 (rolling basis)
GRE/GMAT GRE code: 3094Not required or mandatoryGRE recommendedGRE recommendedGRE recommended
Letters of RecommendationRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Official transcriptsRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Writing SampleN/AN/AOptionalN/A

Apart from that university also offers several other major doctoral and medical programs and consider them as pHD programs. Some of them are mentioned below :

  • Ph.D. in English
  • Ph.D. in French, Italian, German studies, etc.
  • Ph.D. in Computer science
  • Ph.D. in psychics
  • BioMed: Biology
  • BioMed: Neuroscience
  • BioMed: Pathobiology

Commonly, applicants seeking admission to graduate level programs offered at Brown University must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Application Portal: Common application Portal

Application Fee: 75 USD

All international students from countries where English is not the native language must provide proof of English language proficiency scores :

Test typeMin scoresRecommended scores
TOEFL-CBT233Not defined

Applicants receive the admission decision in 3-4 months (regular decision) so all the admission seekers are advised to fill the application as soon as possible to increase their chances of admission. Also, as the acceptance rate suggests university is highly selective or competitive applicant must make sure to provide them with all the documents in the fixed time frame to avoid cancellation of the application.

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