Brown University

Brown University

Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island, Brown University is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the U.S. It is a highly esteemed private university located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. The campus of Brown has 238 buildings and covers 143 acres in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.

Brown is comprised of three schools, offering more than 90 programs of study. Each year it enrolls more than 5,000 students in the Undergraduate College, over 1,500 in the Graduate School and more than 300 in the Medical School. The students represent all 50 states and many foreign countries.

The sports teams of the university are nicknamed the Brown Bears. They participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Ivy League athletic conference.

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General Phone: (401) 863-1000

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Brown Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts900American studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, South Asian studies, Slavic studies, French studies, German studies, Italian studies, ...
Science342biology, biochemistry, biophysics, pathology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, marine biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, ...
Medicine170neuroscience, medicine, public health, public health courses
Engineering134engineering, biomedical engineering, engineering physics, various engineering courses, archeology
Mathematics88mathematics, applied mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics, mathematics and computer science
Computer Science and Engineering75computer and info science, computer support
Therapy and Counseling65psychology, cognitive psychology, medical ethids
Business and Management59managerial economics, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior
Family and Social Work51community organization, public policy analysis
Fine Arts49art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Education and Teaching47education, multilingual education, urban education, elementary school teaching, social studies teaching
Religion and Philosophy46philosophy, religion, Jewish studies, philosophy and religious studies
Art Studies28art studies
Drama and Performing Arts27drama
Conservation and Resource Management24environmental studies, environmental science
Architecture and Planning21architecture
Medical Administration20community health

Number of programs and degrees for Brown in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,54293
Master's degree34853
Doctor's degree20547
First-professional degree701

Brown Student Body

In 2007-2008, Brown had a total enrollment of 8,167 students (7,506 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 21%
First Professional 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 47%
Black 6%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 13%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 12%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 33%
20-21 32%
22-24 14%
25-29 13%
30-34 4%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
(International Students)10%
New Jersey8%
Rhode Island4%
New Hampshire1%
Washington, DC1%
North Carolina1%
Puerto Rico1%

Brown Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

Brown Room and Board (2007)

Brown offers campus housing for 4,643 of its 7,506 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Providence, Rhode Island for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Rhode Island Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Brown Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal650760
SAT Math670780
SAT Writing660770
ACT Verbal2834
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite2833

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Brown Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,718
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,718
Room and board $ 10,022
Room charge $ 6,216
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,806
Books and supplies $ 1,230
Other expenses $ 1,590

Financial Aid:
Brown participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 340100)

Brown Faculty

Brown has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year250$148,31582$135,856
Associate professoracademic year96$93,57849$87,115
Assistant professoracademic year81$78,49056$74,392
Lectureracademic year16$72,42733$68,115
No academic rankacademic year32$36,37440$38,543
All faculty totalacademic year475$115,248260$89,863

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Brown Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ivy Group
Basketball Ivy Group
Baseball Ivy Group
Track Ivy Group

Brown Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Urban Education and Leadership

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Area Studies, Other
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Studies
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
French Studies
German Language and Literature
German Studies
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Sanskrit/Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Slavic Studies
Social Sciences, Other
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Medical Administration
Community Health and Preventive Medicine

Medicine (MD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Public Health, Other

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Atomic/Molecular Physics
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Therapy And Counseling
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Psychology, General

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