Brown's early decision admission rate dropped to 19 percent this year, as the University yesterday admitted 556 out of 2,919 early decision applicants to the class of 2016, according to the Admission Office.
The early decision acceptance rate fell slightly from last year's 20
percent rate. This year's applicant pool was the largest in the past
three years. Last year, 2,796 students applied early decision, and in
2009, 2,847 did.
A plurality of students — about 31 percent — declared interest in the
social sciences, followed by about 26 percent in the life and medical
sciences and about 23 percent in the physical sciences. Engineering was
the most popular intended concentration, with 46 students — roughly 8
percent of admits — listing it as their field of interest.
This year marked the second admissions cycle since the University
formally approved the School of Engineering in 2010. Last year, Dean of
Admission Jim Miller '73 told The Herald the University hoped to see an
increase in the number of engineering applicants.
In the U.S., the most admits came from New York, where 83 students were
accepted. California followed, with 78 admitted students. Regionally,
about 21 percent of admits came from New England, followed by about 15
percent from New York and about 14 percent each from the Mid-Atlantic
International students comprised roughly 11 percent of early decision
admits. The most international admits hailed from China, with 13
students — or about 21 percent of international admits — accepted.
Canada, the United Kingdom and India followed with nine, seven and six
The University has in recent years attempted to increase its presence
in India and China by forming educational partnerships and organizing
both a Year of India and Year of China.
Admission statistics for the Program in Liberal Medical Education,
whose students are grouped with other early decision applicants, were
not provided. PLME students can opt out of the binding application if denied from the PLME program but accepted into the College by specifying this preference on their initial application.
About 58 percent of students admitted come from public high schools, while about 35 percent come from private schools.
Regular decision applications are due Jan. 1. The University usually
aims to have a freshman class of about 1,500 students, The Herald has
Charlie Figueroa '16, who was admitted as a PLME student,
said he was very surprised to have been admitted. When decisions came
out, his mother had the computer open and a video camera to record his
"I screamed the f-bomb in front of her, which I've never done," he
said. Figueroa, who plans to study biology and theater arts and
performance studies, said he was drawn to Brown because it seemed very
"community-oriented" and because of its LGBT culture.
"It'll be wonderful," he said.