Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brown admits record-low 8.7 percent of applicants to class of 2015

Brown admitted 8.7 percent of applicants, accepting a total of 2,692 students from 79 countries for the class of 2015. The University received a record-high 30,946 applications — a 3 percent increase over last year. The 8.7 percent acceptance rate is the lowest in Brown's history.

Approximately two-thirds of accepted students applied for financial aid, and 17 percent of admission offers went to first-generation college students. According to a University press release, the class of 2015 is "the most racially, socioeconomically and geographically diverse class in Brown's history."
Among the 79 countries, China, India and the United Kingdom rank at the top of international student acceptances with 57, 34 and 33 offers, respectively. According to Dean of Admission Jim Miller '73, the University has increased recruiting efforts overseas in recent years. New York, California and Massachusetts boast the highest number of admits.
Though this year's increase in application numbers was smaller than in recent cycles, the admission office has seen a 50 percent increase over the past three years, according to the press release. The University also accepted 112 fewer applicants than last year, when 2,804 applicants received offers.
Students have until May 1 to either accept or decline admission. The University expects 1,485 students to matriculate this fall, including the 577 students who were admitted in December through the binding early decision program.

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