Most students who are unsatisfied with their college experience don’t consider transferring to another school. Most students are unwilling to put up with the extra work, emotional energy and personal upheaval that transferring requires. Consequently those who do take the initiative to transfer are already a significant distillation of the American college population. Transfers are those people who are unwilling to settle. They are willing to do the extra work to get what they want. And they are willing to take the path less-traveled to arrive at a better place. These qualities that transfers possess prepare them well for college in general and for Brown in particular.
Brown’s Open Curriculum is designed for the student who takes unusual initiative and demonstrates unusual independence. This could be part of the reason why transfers routinely do so well at Brown both academically and socially. It also might explain why so many of our most famous alumni originally came to Brown after a year-or-two at another institution.
Brown welcomes between 100 and 200 transfer students to campus each year, and transfers constitute an important and significant part of our campus community. We are happy to have you here.
One application, two times to enroll
Brown admits transfers in two cohorts: one group will enroll at Brown in the following fall semester and another group will enter in the following spring semester. Although there are two possible semesters of entry there is only one transfer admission process per year, and the deadline to submit the transfer application every year is March 1.
Brown admits transfers who will begin their time at the college as first-semester sophomores, second-semester sophomores and first-semester juniors. All transfers must successfully complete a minimum of four semesters and 15 courses at the college in order to earn their undergraduate degree.
First-or-second-semester sophomores who are admitted to Brown for the spring are given the option of remaining at their current college in the following fall or spending that semester studying abroad through one of three Brown-sponsored study abroad programs in Spain and the United Kingdom. Typically a little more than half of all spring semester transfers study abroad through Brown in the semester prior to their enrollment.