Thursday, March 30, 2023

Brown Admitted 2609 Students to the Class of 2027

 Brown University offered admission to 1,730 prospective members of next year’s entering undergraduate class on Thursday, March 30. Admitted through Brown’s regular decision process, the students join 879 early decision applicants offered admission in December 2022 for a total admitted class of 2,609.

Among a record 51,302 prospective students who applied to attend Brown, the University saw an increase in the number of applicants who will be the first person in their families to attend college, as well as a surge in the number from low- and moderate-income families, according to Logan Powell, associate provost for enrollment and dean of undergraduate admission.

“Our admissions staff has been incredibly diligent in working to broaden the reach of Brown’s recruitment efforts, and I’m proud to be able to welcome such extraordinarily talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds,” Powell said. “The students admitted to the Class of 2027 represent a remarkable group of inspired young scholars from communities across the nation and the world who are drawn to pursue Brown’s rigorous educational opportunities and student-centered learning environment.”

Amid the largest applicant pool to date, there was an 8% increase in the number of applicants from Rhode Island, a 3% growth in students from rural areas and small towns, and the largest admitted group of student veterans to date, Powell added.

“These increases in applications speak volumes about the value of a Brown education, and we’re particularly excited about the significant jump in applicants from our home state of Rhode Island and the number of students who indicate that they’re applying for financial aid,” Powell said. “The recent additions to our financial aid measures and the generosity of the University’s financial aid really can’t be overstated.”

Building on the work of the Brown Promise initiative, which replaced loans with scholarship funds in all University-packaged undergraduate financial aid awards starting in 2018-19, the University eliminated the consideration of a family’s home equity as an asset when calculating a student’s available financial resources, which typically translates to thousands of additional dollars in a student’s scholarship aid. Additionally, Brown set the goal of becoming fully need-blind for international students starting with the Class of 2029, who will begin at Brown in Fall 2025. Sixty-nine percent of this year’s admitted students intend to apply for financial aid, which represents a 4% increase since the 2018-19 admission cycle.

University financial aid covers full tuition for families earning $125,000 or less with typical assets. For students from families making less than $60,000 a year with typical assets, scholarships cover all expenses, including tuition, room, board, books and more.

“All of these measures send the important message that Brown is doing everything we can to be accessible and affordable to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” Powell said. “It’s being felt by more students every year, and that’s a wonderful thing. Brown is tremendously fortunate to be able to welcome such an outstanding pool of applicants who bring a wide range of academic and personal experiences.”

Students in the admitted Class of 2027 hail from all 50 U.S. states, plus Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They come from 90 countries across the globe, with the most international students from China, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, South Korea, Pakistan and Singapore, respectively.

Twenty-four student veterans were admitted; 20 students were admitted to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, a five-year program that allows students to earn bachelor’s degrees from both Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design; and 74 students were admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, an eight-year program leading to both a bachelor’s degree and an M.D. from Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School.

While all enrolled undergraduates will have the opportunity to explore courses of study through Brown’s Open Curriculum, the students’ top intended concentrations include: computer science, economics, political science, international and public affairs, engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, applied mathematics, public health, psychology, English, health and human biology, mathematics, philosophy and neuroscience.

Applicants began logging on to a secure website at 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 30, to learn the status of their applications. Following the release of admission decisions, Brown will host two admitted student programs on campus for the Class of 2027. A Day on College Hill (ADOCH) sessions will take place on Friday, April 14, and Friday, April 21, for students who are able to visit Providence in person. The University will also continue to support admitted students with virtual programming that provides opportunities to explore, learn, ask questions and connect to the campus while showcasing Brown’s vibrant community.

Admitted students have until Monday, May 1, to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of approximately 1,700 students, including 15 Brown/RISD Dual Degree students.

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