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IPEDS ID: 217156
OPE ID: 00340100
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Brown University
One Prospect Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02912
General information:  (401) 863-1000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  8,943 (6,455 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college.
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty1,160185
Research and public service35942
Total graduate assistants-854
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$40,820$42,230$43,758$45,6124.2%
Books and supplies$1,310$1,312$1,360$1,4043.2%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,540$10,906$11,258$11,6203.2%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$54,370$56,150$58,140$60,4604.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid198264%————
Grant or scholarship aid71547%$25,576,437$35,771
Federal grants36724%$1,449,678$3,950
Pell grants26817%$1,105,420$4,125
Other federal grants996%$344,258$3,477
State/local government grant or scholarships493%$39,748$811
Institutional grants or scholarships70546%$24,087,011$34,166
Student loan aid32121%$1,977,370$6,160
Federal student loans30020%$1,619,255$5,398
Other student loans403%$358,115$8,953
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,06948%$101,239,525$32,988
Pell grants92914%$3,836,724$4,130
Federal student loans1,49123%$9,569,031$6,418
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$22,743$23,127$22,369
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$5,056$5,404$5,234
$30,001 – $48,000$6,530$8,841$7,000
$48,001 – $75,000$8,642$11,875$11,259
$75,001 – $110,000$19,717$21,716$21,279
$110,001 and more$38,537$40,875$41,051
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment8,943
Undergraduate enrollment6,455
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment77
Graduate enrollment2,488
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 12%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 43%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%
Non-resident alien: 12%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 2%
Out-of-state: 83%
Foreign countries: 14%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants28,91911,66417,255
Percent admitted9%11%8%
Percent admitted who enrolled58%57%60%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading660760
SAT Math670780
SAT Writing670770
ACT Composite2934
ACT English2935
ACT Math2834
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 95%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 83%
6-year: 95%
8-year: 96%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 94%
Female: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 93%
Hispanic/Latino: 90%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 96%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 93%
Non-resident alien: 90%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies12--
American/United States Studies/Civilization1655
East Asian Studies5--
Ethnic Studies7--
French Studies231
German Studies010
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies228
Italian Studies222
Latin American and Caribbean Studies2--
Near and Middle Eastern Studies6--
Slavic Studies41-
South Asian Studies1--
Women's Studies0--
Category total591416
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General8170
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-311
Computational Biology4--
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology004
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography4--
Molecular Medicine-04
Pathology/Experimental Pathology-68
Category total1703136
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics0--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies66--
Category total66--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies2821
Category total2821
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General600
Computer Science574610
Category total634610
Bilingual and Multilingual Education-3-
Education, General22--
Elementary Education and Teaching-8-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-13-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-5-
Social Studies Teacher Education-4-
Urban Education and Leadership-33-
Category total2266-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering1856
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics3--
Engineering, General796318
Category total1006824
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing3112-
English Language and Literature, General3393
Category total64213
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature0--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General2021
Comparative Literature2923
French Language and Literature000
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General000
Latin Language and Literature0--
Portuguese Language and Literature213
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics0--
Spanish Language and Literature000
Category total5457
Health Professions and Related Programs
Behavioral Aspects of Health-4-
Bioethics/Medical Ethics0--
Community Health and Preventive Medicine38--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--4
Medical Scientist-00
Public Health, General-36-
Category total3840117
History, General47166
Category total47166
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General81134
Computational Mathematics9--
Mathematics, General11127
Statistics, General0--
Category total1012511
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization0--
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology2-0
Cognitive Science931
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis-17-
Human Biology80--
Medieval and Renaissance Studies1--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General1001
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0--
Museology/Museum Studies-0-
Science, Technology and Society0--
Category total102202
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science13--
Environmental Studies217-
Category total347-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1--
Religion/Religious Studies1107
Category total35415
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics2--
Chemistry, General171011
Geology/Earth Science, General6158
Geophysics and Seismology1--
Physics, General331910
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics0--
Category total614429
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics1400
Psychology, General4934
Category total6334
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General1818-
Category total1818-
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development140-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics4--
Economics, General1402310
International Relations and Affairs68--
Political Science and Government, General5871
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods1--
Social Sciences, Other3--
Urban Studies/Affairs14--
Category total3493829
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2401
Art/Art Studies, General21--
Directing and Theatrical Production-2-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1742
Music Technology014
Music, General1800
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-11
Playwriting and Screenwriting-2-
Category total80238
Grand total1,554491318
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined126173
Field Hockey19
Ice Hockey2723
Swimming and Diving2336
Water Polo1723
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education(!)7/1/1929 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate programs offered outside schools of public health6/1/2002 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1963 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations103
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations103
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible9716
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault110
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible8715
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For year 2012, line C - On January 26, 2012, the Office of Student Life reported a sexual offense(s) incident(s) which occurred in a dorm on "multiple occasions".
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate2.0%1.5%
Number in default1613
Number in repayment770837
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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