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Brown University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Brown University offers admission to students from over 50 countries every year. With 15% of its student body being international students Brown is an extremely desirable university for both US and non-US students. With more than 80 concentrations to offer, it is one of the best universities to study in the US

The total number of undergraduate applications received by the university for the class of 2023 was38,674 out of which only 2,718 applications were accepted. Brown University’s rate of acceptance for the class of 2023 was 7.1%, making it an extremely competitive university. 

Currently, the university offers more than 1,700 undergraduate courses and 33 master programs of study.

  • 96% of the applicants selected were in the top 10% of their high school class
  • The 75th percentile SAT score for class of 2023 was 1550 (Math + EBRW) while the ACT score for 75th percentile was 30-35
  • Brown University provides need-based and merit-based scholarships to all applicants
  • 93% of Brown University graduates found employment or pursued higher education within 6 months after graduation


Application PortalCommon application Portal
Application fee75 USD (non-refundable)
Acceptance Rate7.1% (Freshman Class of 2023 )
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
International AdmissionsGlobal Brown Center

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 an application for Brown University is the same as US applicants. International applicants only need to provide English proficiency scores additionally 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.
  • Official scores of various standardized exams 
  • 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 Interviews, letter of intent, etc.
  • Evidence of funding

Brown University English Proficiency Test Scores

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

Exam typeMin Score

Visa Process for International Students

All international students who are offered admissions at Brown University require a US student visa. An immigration form is required if you are applying for an F-1/J-1 visa at a U.S. Students need to visit the nearby US Consular or Embassy and schedule their visa interview.

  • For obtaining an F-1 or J-1 visa, the university will send the visa documents (I-20/DS-2019) to the candidate once they have been admitted. 
  • A SEVIS fee needs to be paid 
  • You will need a copy of the payment receipt in order to apply for your visa.
  • Candidates have to provide financial or bank documents showing that they possess sufficient funds

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 33 master programs and 57 doctoral courses. The basic requirement of each course is common but some of the courses or departments like School of Engineering have their own requirements.

Most of the courses 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 15Rolling 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 considers 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 postgraduate 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, Brown University has a highly selective application processing along with a very competitive applicant pool. Interested candidates must make sure to provide them with all the documents in the fixed time frame to avoid cancellation of the application.


Ques. What kind of programs are offered by Brown University?

Ans. More than 80 majors are available at Brown University. However, there are no options for pursuing a minor at Brown. Like many other liberal arts institutions in the US, subjects at Brown are not fixed to one particular area. Undergraduates do not require a core curriculum or distribution requirements.

Ques. Is there any accommodation available at Brown University?

Ans. Yes, there is a guaranteed housing facility for all the undergraduate students throughout the course of their study.

Ques. How does Brown University review an application?

Ans. At Brown, each candidate's file is reviewed holistically and in context. Special attention is given to those candidates who have accomplished well with the resources and opportunities that were available to them during their previous educational institutes. All these factors along with academic performances have a lot of influence on the admission decisions.

Ques. What are the minimum GPA or grades requirements for getting admission at Brown University?

Ans. There is no such thing as a cutoff or minimum qualifying grade which can guarantee a candidate's admission. However, it is a misconception that only those with straight As are given a place at this university. While students with higher grades do stand out, other factors are also considered while evaluation.

Ques. When will I receive an admission notification? Can I track my application?

Ans. Brown University will inform you via email when the admission decisions are available. Applicants can view this decision by logging into their respective Brown Applicant Portal. Applicants need to notify the university of their decision by accessing their portal by the specified deadline.

Ques. Are interviews mandatory for international students?

Ans. While interviews are offered all over the world through the alumni/volunteers all over the world, interviews are not guaranteed for every location. If the student has not been scheduled for an interview, it will not put them to any disadvantage.

Ques. My recommender can not write in English. What can I do?

Ans. If a candidate's recommender is more comfortable in writing the letter in their native language, special arrangements must be done to prepare an English translation along with it(preferably done by a school official)

Ques. Does Brown University provide any financial aid provided to international students?

Ans. Yes, financial aid is available for foreign students. However, this amount is very limited. Brown meets all the demonstrated needs of an applicant who has applied for financial aid. In order to be considered for this aid, you should apply for it during the time of your initial application.

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