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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.
  • RUE students typically pursue 3-4 courses per semester. Requests for reduced course load are considered on a case-by-case basis.



  • 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. Veterans may request a waiver of the six years out of high school requirement, to be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Individuals who have earned a previous bachelor’s degree or have substantially more than two years of full time college experience are not eligible for the program.
  • Applicants with little or no college experience apply are considered RUE first-year applicants; those with 1-2 years of college credits are considered RUE Transfer Applicants.

Support and Advising

  • RUE students have dedicated advising through the Office of the Dean of the College.
  • Upon declaring a concentration, each RUE student is also assigned a concentration advisor from that department.
  • RUE 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 should not complete the regular Common Application, but instead complete the RUE online application which is available on our website on or about October 1 each year.
  • The annual application deadline for RUE applicants 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 RUE applicants may be offered an optional phone interview.
  • Applicants are informed of admission decisions in early to mid-May. Financial aid award letters for admitted students who applied for aid will accompany admission letters.

Application Requirements

  • A completed RUE application form, available only on our website.
  • A current resume.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75. A fee waiver request may be granted in cases of financial hardship (as determined by the Financial Aid Award Committee).
  • Official academic transcripts sent to us directly from your secondary school(s) and college(s), if any.
  • 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 U.S. citizens or permanent residents and 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.
  • International RUE applicants are eligible for financial aid on a need-aware basis.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete Brown’s own RUE Financial Aid Application by March 10, available online from the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Applicants must also submit the FAFSA and Federal Income Tax returns, if applicable.  Please see complete policy information and links to forms here.
  • Brown participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible U.S. military veterans. A combination of veterans benefits and institutional aid often covers most or all of the cost of education for student veterans.  See details from the Office of Financial Aid.

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.