Brown University: Tuition Fees, Acceptance Rate, Rankings, Courses

Brown University is a private research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Brown is one of nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. It is a member of the Ivy League.

Brown was the first college in the United States to codify in its charter that admission and instruction of students was to be equal regardless of their religious affiliation. The university is home to the oldest applied mathematics program in the United States, the oldest engineering program in the Ivy League, and the third-oldest medical program in New England. The university was one of the early doctoral-granting U.S. institutions in the late 19th century, adding masters and doctoral studies in 1887. In 1969, Brown adopted its Open Curriculum after a period of student lobbying. The new curriculum eliminated mandatory “general education” distribution requirements, made students “the architects of their own syllabus” and allowed them to take any course for a grade of satisfactory (Pass) or no-credit (Fail) which is unrecorded on external transcripts. In 1971, Brown’s coordinate women’s institution, Pembroke College, was fully merged into the university.

The university comprises the College, the Graduate SchoolAlpert Medical School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies. Brown’s international programs are organized through the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and the university is academically affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Rhode Island School of Design. In conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown offers undergraduate and graduate dual degree programs.

Brown’s main campus is located in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The university is surrounded by a federally listed architectural district with a dense concentration of Colonial-era buildings. Benefit Street, which runs along the western edge of the campus, contains one of the richest concentrations of 17th and 18th century architecture in the United States.

As of March 2022, ten Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with Brown as alumnifaculty, or researchers, as well as seven National Humanities Medalists and ten National Medal of Science laureates. Other notable alumni include 27 Pulitzer Prize winners, 21 billionaires, one U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, four U.S. Secretaries of State, 99 members of the United States Congress, 57 Rhodes Scholars, 21 MacArthur Genius Fellows, and 38 Olympic medalists.


62,304 USD
2020 – 21
Brown University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 6%. Half the applicants admitted to Brown University have an SAT score between 1460 and 1570 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges.

Brown University is ranked #13 out of 443 National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


in National Universities (tie)


in Best Colleges for Veterans


in Best Undergraduate Teaching

At schools whose highest degree is a doctorate


Areas of study2021 graduates
Computer science10.8%
Econometrics and quantitative economics8.9%
Applied mathematics6%
Biology/biological sciences5.9%
Political science and government3.9%
Public policy analysis3.4%
English language and literature3.2%
Public health2.9%
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial studies2.8%
Experimental psychology2.4%
Computer and information sciences2%
Human biology2%
International relations and affairs2%
Creative writing1.7%
Mass communication/media studies1.6%
Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics1.2%
Art/art studies1.1%
Bioengineering and biomedical engineering1%
Environmental studies1%
Drama and dramatics/theatre arts1%
Behavioral sciences0.9%
Urban studies/affairs0.9%
Multi-/interdisciplinary studies0.8%
Art history, criticism and conservation0.8%
Computational biology0.8%
Latin american and caribbean studies0.7%
Comparative literature0.7%
Classics and classical languages, literatures, and linguistics0.7%
Environmental science0.7%
American/united states studies/civilization0.7%
East asian studies0.7%
Science, technology and society0.7%
Computational mathematics0.6%
Religion/religious studies0.6%
Geology/earth science0.6%
African studies0.5%
Ethnic studies0.5%
Near and middle eastern studies0.4%
Spanish language and literature0.4%
Cognitive science0.4%
Development economics and international development0.4%
Slavic studies0.3%
French studies0.3%
Geophysics and seismology0.2%
Social sciences0.2%
German studies0.2%
Italian studies0.1%
Engineering physics/applied physics0.1%
Medieval and renaissance studies0.1%
Multi-/interdisciplinary studies0.1%
Jewish/judaic studies0.1%
Portuguese language and literature0.1%
Classical, ancient mediterranean and near eastern studies and archaeology0.1%
Chemical physics0.1%

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