During the fall of 2011, 8,768 students were enrolled at Brown, including 6,380 undergraduates, 1,971 graduate students and 417 medical students. About 16.5 percent of all Brown students cited Rhode Island as their permanent address – including 1,062 (12.1 percent of total enrollment) who were residents of Providence.
Between 2006 and 2011, enrollment at Brown increased by about 640 students – an increase of about 6.9 percent. Graduate enrollment grew especially rapidly. Enrollment in the Graduate School grew by about 12.2 percent between 2006 and 2011; enrollment in the Medical School grew by 16.2 percent during the same period. Undergraduate enrollment also grew during the same period – by about 6.2 percent. The University’s enrollment growth is summarized in Figure 3 below.
Brown alumni who stay in Providence (or elsewhere in Rhode Island) after graduation add to the city’s and the state’s human capital. The Brown Alumni Association estimates that more than 6,500 Brown graduates reside in Rhode Island (about 8 percent of all Brown alumni), including more than 2,500 who live in the City of Providence.