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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:  9,458 (6,652 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
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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
Doctoral Universities: Highest 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
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty1,169190
Research and public service36750
Total graduate assistants-825
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$43,758$45,612$47,434$49,3464.0%
Books and supplies$1,360$1,404$1,420$1,4502.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,258$11,620$11,994$12,7005.9%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$58,140$60,460$62,694$65,3804.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid197162%————
Grant or scholarship aid70145%$27,855,365$39,737
Federal grants28919%$1,667,396$5,770
Pell grants28919%$1,311,170$4,537
Other federal grants1027%$356,226$3,492
State/local government grant or scholarships564%$26,672$476
Institutional grants or scholarships69545%$26,161,297$37,642
Student loan aid39125%$3,177,442$8,126
Federal student loans37124%$2,150,844$5,797
Other student loans493%$1,026,598$20,951
  • 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 aid13,18949%$118,997,582$37,315
Pell grants1,04716%$4,600,844$4,394
Federal student loans1,54024%$9,902,672$6,430
  • 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$22,369$21,193$22,957
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$5,234$3,186$4,695
$30,001 – $48,000$7,000$7,129$7,119
$48,001 – $75,000$11,259$10,700$13,206
$75,001 – $110,000$21,279$22,282$21,143
$110,001 and more$41,051$42,007$46,140
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment9,458
Undergraduate enrollment6,652
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment100
Graduate enrollment2,806
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 13%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 42%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Non-resident alien: 13%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 4%
Out-of-state: 81%
Foreign countries: 14%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%
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 (2015-2016): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants30,39612,29218,104
Percent admitted9%11%8%
Percent admitted who enrolled56%55%57%
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 2015 (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 Reading680780
SAT Math690780
SAT Writing690780
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3235
ACT Math2934
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: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 83 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 96%
(*) 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:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 84%
6-year: 95%
8-year: 96%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 83%
6-year: 96%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 96%
Female: 96%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 80%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 92%
Hispanic/Latino: 94%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 97%
Two or more races: 98%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 98%
Non-resident alien: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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 Studies13-1
American/United States Studies/Civilization9115
East Asian Studies2--
Ethnic Studies4--
French Studies432
German Studies131
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies601
Italian Studies104
Latin American and Caribbean Studies4--
Near and Middle Eastern Studies9--
Slavic Studies401
South Asian Studies0--
Women's Studies0--
Category total571715
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General12930
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-59
Computational Biology6--
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology004
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography1--
Molecular Medicine-55
Pathology/Experimental Pathology-27
Category total2444839
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics0--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies78--
Category total78--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies1902
Category total1902
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General900
Computer Science884810
Category total974810
Bilingual and Multilingual Education-12-
Education, General20--
Elementary Education and Teaching-14-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-14-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-3-
Social Studies Teacher Education-9-
Urban Education and Leadership-27-
Category total2079-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering27134
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics1--
Engineering, General715317
Category total996621
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing2411-
English Language and Literature, General4536
Category total69146
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature0--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1817
Comparative Literature3233
French Language and Literature000
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General000
Latin Language and Literature0--
Portuguese Language and Literature242
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics0--
Spanish Language and Literature000
Category total59812
Health Professions and Related Programs
Behavioral Aspects of Health-6-
Bioethics/Medical Ethics0--
Community Health and Preventive Medicine25--
Health Services Administration-27-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--1
Medical Scientist-00
Public Health, General646-
Category total3179107
History, General70119
Category total70119
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General821110
Computational Mathematics6--
Mathematics, General12510
Statistics, General0--
Category total1001620
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization1--
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology103
Cognitive Science834
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis-12-
Human Biology50--
Medieval and Renaissance Studies2--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General2110
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1--
Museology/Museum Studies-0-
Science, Technology and Society10--
Category total94167
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science9--
Environmental Studies270-
Category total360-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0--
Religion/Religious Studies712
Category total1873
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics1--
Chemistry, General171016
Geology/Earth Science, General18712
Geophysics and Seismology2--
Physics, General19915
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics0--
Category total602643
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics1500
Psychology, General4532
Category total6032
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General1627-
Category total1627-
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development190-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics4--
Economics, General135148
International Relations and Affairs62--
Political Science and Government, General5293
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods4--
Social Sciences, Other2--
Urban Studies/Affairs10--
Category total3273321
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2912
Art/Art Studies, General26--
Directing and Theatrical Production-2-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1400
Music Technology021
Music, General1800
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-21
Playwriting and Screenwriting-1-
Category total87224
Grand total1,641520321
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 25
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 6
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $36,807
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $24,998
Full-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined126152
Field Hockey22
Ice Hockey2721
Swimming and Diving3029
Water Polo1616
Other Sports23
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 level program offered outside a school of public health6/1/2002 - 6/15/2016Resigned
Public Health (PHB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health6/15/2016 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1963 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
Alpert Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human behavior
5/1/1977 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs
Residency in Clinical Psychology
3/7/2003 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations300
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations300
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1621
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1515
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate1.7%0.5%1.3%
Number in default14511
Number in repayment814893817
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)