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Resumed Undergraduate Education Application Instructions

The Resumed Undergraduate Education Program (RUE) serves students whose careers in higher education have either been delayed or interrupted. Men and women whose last high school work was completed at least six years prior to their first semester of enrollment at Brown are eligible to enroll in the RUE Program. Because the backgrounds of such students often vary significantly from those of the traditional applicant to Brown, a separate RUE Admission Committee within the Office of College Admission evaluates the credentials of RUE candidates. Support services are an integral part of the RUE program. 

Resumed Undergraduate Education students are fully matriculated candidates for the baccalaureate degree and are encouraged to study full time. Exceptions may be made upon appeal to the Dean of the College. All undergraduate courses, programs, and extracurricular activities are available to RUE matriculants. Support services are an integral part of the RUE program.

We may invite (not require) a telephone interview for a few RUE applicants during the month of April.  We emphasize that only the May decision letter is the official decision, and admitted applicants will not necessarily have had a telephone interview.  The request for an interview is not an indication of the applicant's possible admission status.

Application Procedure
RUE candidates apply for entry in the coming academic year in either the first (preferred) or the second semester, beginning in early September or late January respectively. Applicants for either semester must complete their files by March 15. Decision notifications will be announced in early May.

All RUE applicants should include the following credentials: 
  • RUE Application 
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75 mailed in the form of a check to the Office of College Admission (RUE), Brown University, Box 1876, Providence, RI 02912 . In cases of financial hardship (as determined by the Financial Aid Award Committee) a fee waiver request may be granted. In cases of financial hardship, please submit a written request to the attention of the RUE Committee at the Office of College Admission at:
  • The Office of College Admission requires that all applicants to the RUE Program submit at least two letters of recommendation. We prefer that the letters come from college instructors when such references are available. Additional letters of recommendation are welcome. 
  • Transcripts from all secondary schools and colleges attended. Official transcripts should be mailed directly to the RUE Program, Office of College Admission, Box 1876, Providence, RI 02912. Where available, scores from standardized examinations such as the SAT or ACT should be reported. Applicants who have been schooled in a system where English is not the language of instruction are encouraged to submit recent results (within two years) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results must be submitted through the Educational Testing Service; copies cannot be accepted.
  • RUE Financial Aid Application. Applicants should note that University scholarship funds are limited. If a student is not awarded scholarship funds when he or she is first admitted, it is unlikely that such aid will become available later. The RUE Financial Aid Form and instructions are included here. You must apply for financial aid (if desired) at the time of your academic applications.
  • IMPORTANT: Because you cannot save a copy of the online application once it has been submitted, you should create a final draft as a Word document, or similar, and copy and paste the appropriate sections from it into the online application spaces. This way you will retain a copy of your RUE application.
Tuition and Financial Aid 
For the 2014-15 academic year the full-time tuition is $46,408, with a per-course rate of $5,576. The tuition for the 2015-16 academic year has not yet been set. A monthly payment plan can be arranged. The University reserves the right to adjust fees whenever necessary; the new rates apply to all students. Published notice of such changes will be given well in advance of any deadlines for payment. For financial aid information and forms see the documents supplied separately in the RUE Webpages. 

While RUE students, as adults, normally live off-campus privately, a few are housed in off-campus graduate student dormitories (not in the undergraduate dormitories). No partners or children can be accommodated. A request for such housing should be made to the Office of Residential Life immediately upon your acceptance of an offer of admission. Such placement cannot be guaranteed in advance. 

Non-Discrimination Policy
Brown University admits students of any race, color, religion, handicap, sex, and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, handicap, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs.