PROVIDENCE – Brown University said Thursday it admitted just 9.3 percent of those who applied to join its Class of 2014, making this the most selective year in the school’s history.
Brown received a record 30,136 undergraduate applications this year, the most in its history and an increase of 21 percent from last year.
The 2,804 applicants offered admission to Brown’s next freshman class will be notified on the university’s Web site at 5 p.m. Thursday. They will have until May 1 to decide whether to attend Brown.
Brown’s 9.3 percent acceptance rate – or 90.7 percent rejection rate – is not the most exclusive in the nation, though.
Harvard University admitted just 6.9 percent of applicants this year, and Stanford University took 7.2 percent. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s acceptance rate fell below 10 percent for the first time, to 9.7 percent.
Brown expects slightly more than half of the students offered admission will wind up attending, giving Brown a total freshman class of approximately 1,485 students this fall.
About two-thirds of those admitted to Brown are eligible for financial aid, and women make up 53 percent of the total. The university accepted applicants from all 50 states – with the most coming from California (424), New York (360) and Massachusetts (260) – and 81 nations, topped by China (49) and Canada (34).
“The applicant pool for the Class of 2014 is simply unmatched in Brown’s nearly 250 year history – not only in sheer numbers, but also in the remarkable talents and potential of more than 30,000 students who sought admission to the college this year,” James Miller, Brown’s dean of admission, said in a statement.
The Class of 2014 will graduate the same year Brown celebrates its semiquincentenary, or 250th anniversary. The university was founded in 1764.