NOTE: Applying to the PLME is tantamount to applying to the College and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at the same time. Students who expect to apply to other medical schools should not apply to the PLME, which is an eight-year educational program.

What you should know before you apply

The goal of the PLME is enrichment, not acceleration. PLME students complete their program of studies in eight years (though some decide to extend their education through the PLME Flex Plan, by pursuing a master's degree, through the MD-PhD program, or through other individual pursuits).

A PLME applicant is, by definition, an applicant to Brown. Each PLME applicant is considered an applicant to both the College and the PLME.  Applicants may apply either Early Decision OR Regular Decision.

There is only ONE application to Brown and the PLME program. A student wishing to apply to the PLME uses the Brown application process and applies to both Brown the College and the PLME at the same time with the same online application.  Thus, a student either applies to the College and the PLME  Early Decision (deadline is November 1), OR applies to the College and the PLME Regular Decision (deadline is January 5).

Brown is a member of the consortium of colleges and universities belonging to the Common Application. Applicants must submit the Common Application "First-Year Application."
Additionally, applicants must complete the Brown Supplement, which is available along with the Common Application forms from the Common Application website. The Brown Supplement includes THREE (3) required essays for PLME applicants.

Brown UniversityBrown UniversityUniversity policy dictates that no candidate for admission be denied solely on the basis of the degree program for which he or she seeks consideration. Therefore, those applicants not admitted to the PLME are still considered candidates to the College for the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

Interested students may obtain more information from the Office of College Admission.

Early Decision is a plan under which first-year applicants to Brown may apply for admission in the fall of their senior year and receive an admission decision in mid-December. Early Decision is intended for students who consider Brown their top choice. Applicants pursuing admission under Brown's Early Decision program may not submit an application to another Early Decision plan. Applicants and their families should be aware that Brown's Early Decision program is a binding agreement to attend Brown if admitted. Students admitted under the program are expected to enroll at Brown and to withdraw all pending applications -- including those submitted to Regular, Rolling, or Early Action programs.

Candidates considered admissible by the Office of College Admission are reviewed by the PLME Advisory Selection Board. Decisions are communicated to PLME applicants just as they are to other Brown applicants. It is expected that the number of PLME applicants will greatly exceed the places available each year.

PLME Candidates and Early Decision

A student applying early decision to the College and the PLME may be admitted in December to both the College and the PLME.  However, some students may be selected early decision for admission to the College only and not the PLME.  In this circumstance, the student will be bound by the early decision agreement to attend the College regardless of non-acceptance into the PLME program. 

Those who apply early decision and are admitted to the College and not to PLME will be reconsidered for the PLME during regular decision.

Those students who do not want to be bound to the College at early decision without being admitted to the PLME program are asked to apply through Regular Decision. 

More information from the College about Early Decision at

Entrance Requirements and Selection Factors

The PLME does not have specific high school prerequisites beyond those required by the College. However, PLME applicants are encouraged to take advantage of honors or advanced placement offerings available to them in high school.

The Office of College Admission recommends that applicants have pursued the following:

  • four years of English, with significant emphasis on writing;
  • three years of college preparatory mathematics;
  • three years of foreign language;
  • two years of laboratory science above the freshman level;
  • two years of history, including American history;
  • at least one year of elective academic subjects.

Prospective science or engineering majors should have taken physics, chemistry, and advanced mathematics. Also, students should demonstrate a good command of writing and verbal skills. 

As part of Brown's commitment to address the unique challenges to college applicants due to COVID-19, Brown Undergraduate Admissions has implemented a policy for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle that Brown is test optional for first-year students. Students who are unable to submit SAT or ACT scores this year will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process. The PLME's admissions practices are consistent with this policy. Please review the Testing Requirements for 2021-2022 for full details.

You can visit the Office of College Admission's Standardized Tests page for more information.

Video Portfolio

PLME applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a video portfolio as part of the application process. The video portfolio provides a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about you. After you have submitted the Common Application you will receive access to your Brown Applicant Portal. Once logged into your Brown Applicant Portal you will be given the option to submit a 2-minute personal video portfolio. The deadline to submit a video portfolio is November 6 for Early Decision and January 15 for Regular Decision. More information can be found here:

Important Dates

Early Decision
must be to both the College and the PLME
Regular Decision
must be to both the College and the PLME
Application Deadlines

November 1

January 5
Acceptance Notification Mid-December Early April


Due to the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, interviews are not part of the application process for the current application cycle.

Visiting Brown

Applicants are encouraged to learn about Brown as an institution.
There is no specific PLME tour or Medical School tour at Brown

In light of COVID-19, University administrators have made the difficult decision to cancel all large on-campus events, including campus tours and information sessions, and Brown's campus is currently closed to all visitors. 

 We will share an update when we are again able to welcome visitors to campus. In the meantime, we are offering a variety of virtual visit opportunities, and you can learn more about how to connect with Brown from home here

Transfer into the Program

There is no point of transfer into the PLME. Students are not considered for transfer from other Brown degree programs or from another college.

International Students

International students may apply to the PLME by completing The Common Application to the college. More information for international students is available at the Office of College Admission.


Tuition for the first four years of the program is the same as that of the College. Tuition for the Medical School is somewhat higher than the college tuition, but consistent with other private medical schools. Tuition is determined each year by vote of the Brown Corporation.

Financial Aid

Beginning with the Class of 2007, the College implemented a need-blind admission policy for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. "Need-blind admission" simply means that your ability to pay for your education will not be a factor in the admission decision. Its basic premise is that a family's financial circumstances will not be considered when reviewing a student's application for undergraduate admission. Family and individual circumstances are considered only with respect to financial aid. (

The Medical School works closely with students to identify and secure both institutional and external sources of funding needed to meet the high cost of medical education. While the primary responsibility for payment of medical education rests with each student and his or her family, the Medical School provides financial aid from several sources, including scholarships, low-interest, subsidized loans, non-subsidized loans, and part-time employment. (

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