Brown University School of Engineering

Admissions

What makes Brown Undergraduate Engineering Distinctive?

  • Ample research opportunities for undergraduates
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Project-based engineering courses taught by dedicated faculty beginning in the first year
  • Versatile students with diverse interests
  • Opportunities for education and outreach programs
  • Many engineering extracurricular activities
  • Collaborative learning experience
  • Excellent graduate school and career placement

Brown University Admissions

The Admissions Office offers campus tours and science tours for prospective students to get to know our campus and our current students. 

Link to VirtualTour and Admissions office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study engineering at Brown?
The engineering program at Brown offers a perfect blend of rigor and depth. The common core curriculum emphasizes fundamental engineering science and the interdisciplinary connections between different areas of engineering and science. The upper-level classes provide the necessary specialization and depth so that our students are fully prepared for a successful career in industry, other professions or advanced study at the world's best research universities. Our small size enables a friendly, personal environment and provides many opportunities for research and projects and fosters a lively atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork. 

Do I apply specifically to the School of Engineering?
Prospective students apply to the University. 

When do I have to decide on a concentration?
Students typically start taking general engineering classes in their freshman year. They declare their concentration at the end of their sophomore year. This allows all students to complete a core curriculum in order to explore and to develop competencies in a wide array of engineering disciplines. Learn more about concentrations in engineering

How do I decide on a specialization within engineering?
After completing the core program students should have an understanding of the different opportunities available within engineering. You will meet with the specific concentration advisor in that area who will help you determine what specialization is right for you. Also, advisors and other students give advice during the concentration fair or other informal interactions. 

Can engineering students study abroad?
Several of our engineering students study abroad. With proper planning it is no problem to arrange this and still graduate in four years. To stay on track with the engineering core, students need to work with their academic advisors to select an appropriate institution that offers equivalent courses and/or research experiences. Studying abroad provides engineering students with an excellent global perspective on the profession. Learn more about study abroad at Brown at the Office of International Programs homepage.

Are there opportunities to do research as an undergraduate?
Many undergraduate engineering students have numerous opportunities to be involved with faculty research projects, both during the academic year and in the summer months. Many of these projects result in senior honors theses, in student travel to conferences and in publishing research papers in journals. Interested students should consult faculty members conducting research in a particular area of interest to learn more about such opportunities. In addition, throughout the summer, the Dean of the College and other supported programs support paid summer research.

What is the ratio of male to female students?
Currently, almost 40% percent of our students are female which is well above the national average. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a popular student organization that leads many community outreach events.

Where do students head after they graduate?
Roughly 30% of our graduates go to work as an engineer directly after graduation, 30% go on to other employment (including consulting and other business related jobs), 30% go to graduate school in an engineering discipline, and 10% go to graduate school for another advanced degree (including MDs and MBAs). This information is pulled from a representative sample of Brown engineering graduates and remains relatively stable.

Can I pursue a double concentration?
The B.Sc. degree in engineering is (like every other engineering program) demanding and rigorous and requires a lot of courses which makes pursuing a double concentration difficult, but still possible. The AB degree in engineering is somewhat less demanding which makes a double concentration more accessible. Over the years we have had several students who have completed a double concentration in many different fields from visual arts and music, to international relations and foreign languages.

Can I participate in athletics (theatre, music...) and still study engineering?
We have many students doing both engineering and other time-intensive activities. Most students will find that faculty are accommodating and supportive.

What internship opportunities are available for engineering students?
Internships and other forms of work experience (like working in a professor's lab) are important to prepare engineering students for their professional careers. Intern positions frequently serve as a bridge between the problem-solving skills learned at school and the skills needed for professional practice. Internships also allow students to test drive a specific company or career option. Many of our students participate in internships, arranged through faculty at Brown, company recruiting on campus and through national and international programs.

Does Brown School of Engineering award credit based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other external examination results?
The School of Engineering offers credit for high scores on some Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and General Certificate of Education (A-level) examinations. For more information, contact a concentration advisor or consult the Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit page.

What is the percentage of courses taught by graduate students?

None.

I have visited campus twice. Does that count in favor of my being admitted?
We do not keep a record of visiting students.

How can high school students best prepare if they are considering engineering?

To be best prepared, students are advised to take many mathematics, physical sciences and computer sciences courses.