Brown University

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Brown University can be found in Providence, RI, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over eleven thousand students are enrolled at Brown University.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores at this school. A score within the range of 1440 - 1570 on the SAT exam, or 33 - 35 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Brown University average GPA ranges from 4.00 to 4 for accepted students. The acceptance rate of this school is considered highly competitive, with only 7% of those who applied applicants on average being admitted. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Brown University acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 7%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Brown University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Brown University was reported as 7.1% in Fall 2020 with over 38,700 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Brown University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Brown University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Brown University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 9.3%
  • 2017-2018: 8.5%
  • 2018-2019: 7.7%
  • 2019-2020: 7.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 7.3%

How Does Brown University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Brown University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Johnson & Wales University-Providence92.8%
Rhode Island College78.4%
University of Rhode Island74.8%
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth74.8%
Bridgewater State University87.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Brown University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 770
Math740 - 800
Total Score1440 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math31 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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