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First-Year Applicants

Early Decision

If Brown is your first choice and you would definitely accept an offer of admission, if admitted, you may choose our Early Decision plan.

  • If you choose to apply to Brown under Early Decision we ask that you not submit an application to another institution under another Early Decision plan, or a single-choice Early Action plan.
  • If you are admitted under our Early Decision plan you will be required to withdraw all pending applications—including those you may have already submitted to Regular, Rolling, or (open) Early Action programs.
  • We offer Early Decision as an opportunity for students who are ready to commit and would like early notification of their admission status. Under Early Decision, prospective students apply by November 1 and receive a decision by mid-December.
  • Please do not assume that your admission chances are improved by applying under the Early Decision plan. The Board of Admission makes the same decisions under Early Decision that it would under the Regular Decision plan.
  • Early Decision applicants should complete all required testing by the October test date and arrange for results to be sent directly to Brown on or before the November 1 Early Decision deadline. You may also submit additional test scores from the November administration of the SAT; however, we cannot guarantee that these test scores will be received in time to be reviewed with your application.  All applicants should have a complete set of test scores sent to Brown prior to the November 1 deadline.
  • Once you have submitted your Common Application, you will receive access to your Brown Applicant Portal from us on a rolling basis. 
  • Under Brown's Early Decision program, there are three possible outcomes:
    • Your application is accepted - You must withdraw all applications to other colleges. Your place in Brown's first-year class is secure pending satisfactory completion of your senior year.
    • A final decision on your application is deferred - Your credentials will be revisited within the context of the Regular Decision pool of applicants.
    • Your application is denied - If you are denied admission under Early Decision, you may not reapply for admission under the Regular Decision plan.

Regular Decision

Most first-year students choose to apply under our Regular Decision plan, which involves applying by January 1 and receiving a decision by the end of March.

  • Regular Decision applicants should complete all required testing by the December test date and arrange for results to be sent directly to Brown on or before the January 1 Regular Decision deadline. You may also submit additional test scores from the January administration of the SAT; however, we cannot guarantee that these test scores will be received in time to be reviewed with your application.  All applicants should have a complete set of test scores sent to Brown prior to the January 1 deadline.
  • You may still submit scores from the January administration of the SAT and they will be added to your file.  In addition, Brown will consider test results up to the December ACT test for Regular Decision.
  • Once you have submitted your Common Application, you will receive access to your Brown Applicant Portal from us on a rolling basis. 
  • Applying under our Regular Decision plan will allow you to consider other college options before making your final decision by May 1. Admitted students are expected to decide whether to enroll by May 1, which is the Common Reply Date for many colleges.

Standardized Test Results

  • Test Requirements: Applicants can satisfy our testing requirement in one of two ways: (1) Either the SAT with Essay, or (2) the ACT with Writing. We recommend, but do not require, the submission of two SAT Subject Tests of your choice. If you are applying to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, we strongly recommend one subject test in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Official test results must be sent directly to Brown from either the College Board, which administers the SAT, or from the American College Testing Program, which administers the ACT.
  • To have scores sent to Brown, you will need to provide our institutional code numbers:
    • For the SAT, Brown's code number is 3094
    • For the ACT, Brown's code number is 3800
  • You are welcome to take advantage of the College Board's Score Choice option, but this may delay your scores being received by Brown---a delay may mean we will not read your application until we receive a full set of official test scores.
  • Please note: we encourage students to have at least one set of scores in our office by the appropriate application deadline.

School Forms

  • An official transcript of your complete high school academic record must be sent to the Office of College Admission directly from each secondary school you have attended.
  • We will accept transcripts submitted by your school(s) through online services, such as Docufide, Naviance, and the Common Application. If you are unable to submit through one of these online services arrange to have your materials sent directly to Brown University, Office of College Admission, Box 1876, Providence, RI 02912 or fax to 401.863.9300.
  • Your midyear school report including final grades for fall courses and a list of your spring courses can be submitted online through the Common Application.
  • Through the Common Application applicants can request school forms and recommendations via email from their guidance counselor and from two teachers who have taught them in major academic subjects (science, social studies, mathematics, foreign language, English).
  • If you are considering a Bachelor of Science degree or the Program in Liberal Medical Education, at least one of your recommendations should come from a math or science teacher. In addition, we highly recommend that applicants to the PLME program submit results for at least one science SAT Subject Test.
  • Please note: secondary school personnel do not need to wait until you have submitted your application before making their contributions. The online system will lead you through the process of supplying the name and email address of your counselor and teachers so that a user account can be created for them. They will then be able to submit forms on your behalf either electronically or via regular mail.

Selecting Degree Programs & Academic Fields

We understand that you may not be ready to commit to a particular field of academic interest, but we are curious about your preferences. In the Brown Questions section we ask you tell us your top choices of academic fields—as far as you know at the time you apply. This information is used to give us a sense of your current academic inclinations only. We do not attempt to regulate the number of admission offers according to quotas for academic fields of concentration. 

Supplementary Materials

  • Please note: applicants are neither required nor expected to provide additional materials, but the opportunity to do so is available to any candidate. Applicants are not expected to provide additional materials as part of the admission process. 
  • If you are accomplished in music or visual art, you may include additional supplements with your application in the Common Application, through SlideRoom.  You do not need to wait for access to your Brown Applicant Portal to upload music or visual art materials to SlideRoom.
  • When submitting through SlideRoom, Early Decision material submission deadline is November 1, 2017 and Regular Decision material submission deadline is January 1, 2018. 
  • Please note: SlideRoom only accepts one submission, if submitting two you will need to sign up with a second email account.
  • Auditions and portfolio reviews are neither required nor reviewed for students interested in Theatre Arts & Performance Studies.
  • We prefer that you upload all other supplementary materials to your file after you receive access to your Brown Applicant Portal.
  • We recommend that you do not send a collection of award certificates or similar materials.
  • If you have a YouTube video, or maintain an online presence that showcases your background, talents, or creativity, please include that link in the Brown University Questions (Activities) section of the Common Application.
  • Supplementary letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommender to Brown University, Office of College Admission, Box 1876, Providence, RI 02912, or they may be emailed to, or faxed to 401-863-9300. Be sure to ask your recommender to include your full name and high school in their letter so that we can match the letter to your application.

Music Submission

  • You may submit Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 250 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each).
  • You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. A $5 (non-refundable) processing fee is also required at the time of submission.
  • Students uploading a music submission should include the following information:
    • Your primary instrument with years studied
    • A description of music theory training and/or ensemble experience
    • A description of the most challenging repertoire you have studied and the style of period (i.e. Jazz, Classical, Romantic, etc)
    • Original Compositions should be marked as such, with a score included
    • We ask that you also list the composer, title of the work and movement title or opus number. The total length of recordings should not exceed 15 minutes.
    • Students in rare circumstances may upload two music submissions only when their talent is equally impressive in two different areas within music performance or composition.
    • Students should not upload two different instruments in their single SlideRoom program.

Visual Art Submission

  • Upload up to 15 images, up to 5MB each. Accepted images include .jpg, .gif, or .png. A $10 (non-refundable) processing fee is also required at the time of submission. 
  • Portfolios should be a strong supplement to your application, be well conceived, and include a higher than average quality of high school level visual work.
  • Class assignments as well as work produced outside the classroom indicating your personal area of interest are encouraged.
  • If photographs are included they are expected to go beyond Iphone snapshots of vacations and should include a variety of other images.  A short statement about your interest in art may be included as well.

The Alumni Interview

A conversation with one of our volunteer alumni interviewers is an excellent way for you to learn more about Brown and for us to learn more about you. 

  • After we receive your application, the Alumni Interviewing Program manages the interview process and provides your contact information to alumni interviewers in your area.
  • You do not need to request an interview; a volunteer will contact you to arrange a convenient time and place for the interview. Communications will come directly from the alumni interviewer’s personal email, as opposed to an official Brown University email. Please be sure to check your email account, spam filter and voicemail box.
  • Some areas host interviewing day events where applicants are asked to choose a time slot in which to meet with an alumnus/a. Communications regarding these events may come from a local interview coordinator using software like SignUpGenius. 
  • All interviews, whether in-person, at interviewing day, by phone or by Skype/G-Chat are considered equally by the Office of College Admission.
  • We do not provide alumni/ae with your application materials; your interviewer only receives your contact information and intended concentration, and you do not need to bring a resume or additional materials to the interview.
  • After the conversation, the volunteer will send us his or her thoughts about your personal strengths, which we will add to your application file. 
  • Early Decision interviews run from late October through early December and Regular Decision interviews run from December through late February.
  • Although we try to arrange interviews with as many candidates as we can, it ultimately depends upon the availability of our worldwide network of alumni volunteers. If it is not possible to arrange an interview, rest assured that it will not negatively impact your application to Brown.  Brown does not accept interviews conducted by third parties.
  • While we enjoy meeting prospective students when they come to campus, we regret that the large volume of visitors makes it impossible for us to offer on-campus interviews. 
  • Alumni interview questions may be sent to