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Resumed Undergraduate Education Applicants

The Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) Program is a small, highly competitive program ideal for students who interrupted or delayed their formal education due to family commitments, financial concerns, health issues, military service, employment opportunities, or simply a compelling need to explore other paths.

  • RUE students take the same rigorous courses, earn the same bachelor’s degree (A.B. or Sc.B.), and have access to the full range of opportunities as other Brown students.
  • RUE students take advantage of the flexibility of Brown’s open curriculum and may pursue any academic concentration.
  • Students are expected to be full time (usually 4 courses each semester) during the fall and spring semesters.


  • Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and have been out of high school for six or more years by the time of proposed enrollment at Brown.
  • Applicants must not have earned a previous bachelor’s degree or have substantially more than two years of full time college experience.
  • RUE applicants with little or no college experience apply are considered RUE first-year applicants; those with 1-2 years of college credits are considered transfer applicants.

Support and Advising

  • RUE students have dedicated advising through the Office of the Dean of the College.
  • Upon declaring a concentration, each student is also assigned a concentration advisor from that department.
  • Students take advantage of the full range of other advising at Brown, including the CareerLAB and pre-professional advising for those interested in careers in medicine, law and business.

Application Process

  • RUE applicants do not complete the regular Common Application.
  • The online application is available on our website on or about October 1 each year.
  • The annual application deadline is March 10, for entrance in September of the same year (preferred) or January of the following year.
  • RUE applicants may not also apply as regular freshmen or transfer applicants in the same admission cycle.
  • Selected applicants may be offered an optional phone interview.
  • Applicants are informed of admission decisions in early to mid-May, along with financial aid award letters for admitted students who applied for aid.

Application Requirements

  • A completed RUE application form, available only on our website.
  • A current resume.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75. In cases of financial hardship (as determined by the Financial Aid Award Committee) a fee waiver request may be granted.
  • Official academic transcripts sent to us directly from your secondary school(s) and college(s), as applicable.
  • At least one academic recommendation (two preferred), from a professor, teacher or academic counselor, if possible.
  • Additional recommendations from employers, military commanding officers, religious leaders, or others who can speak to your experience and talents are welcomed but not required.
  • Standardized test scores, including those from the SAT, ACT, or TOEFL, are not required, but are considered if submitted.

Financial Aid

  • Brown is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
  • All applicants to the RUE program who are eligible to apply as freshmen fall under the need blind admission policy, consistent with the University policies for all freshmen applicants.
  • RUE applicants who are classified as transfer applicants, because of prior college-level coursework, are considered for admission on a need-aware basis, consistent with the University policies for transfer applicants.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete Brown’s own RUE Financial Aid Application, available online from the Office of Financial Aid, by March 10.
  • Applicants must also submit the FAFSA and Federal Income Tax returns, if applicable.  Please see complete policy information and links to forms here.

Housing, Meals and Day Care

  • RUE students generally live off-campus, but they may apply to the Office of Residential Life if they would like on-campus housing (in graduate student dormitories). 
  • The Auxiliary Housing Office maintains off-campus listings for students seeking convenient off-campus housing.
  • Brown Dining Services offers a wide range of flexible meal plans available to students who live on or off campus.
  • The Brown/Foxpoint Early Childhood Education Center is located at the southern edge of campus and accommodates children from age 3 through pre-K. Tuition is on a sliding scale according to income.