If Brown is your first choice and you would definitely accept an offer of admission if admitted, you may choose our Early Decision plan.
The Early Decision Commitment
We offer Early Decision as an opportunity for students who are ready to commit and would like early notification of their admission status. 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 or restrictive 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.
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.
Application and Decision Dates
Under Early Decision, prospective students apply by November 1 (11:59 p.m. applicant's local time) and receive a decision by mid-December.
Standardized Test Dates
If you attend secondary school in the United States, Brown will review your application with either official test scores sent directly to Brown or self-reported test scores on the Common Application or via your Brown Applicant Portal.
If you attend secondary school outside the United States, we ask you to both self-report your test scores on your application and have official test scores sent directly to Brown.
Admitted students who choose to enroll at Brown will be required to submit official test scores by June 1.
Early Decision applicants should complete all required testing by the October test date. All applicants should have a complete set of test scores submitted prior to the November 1 deadline. You may also submit additional test scores from the November administration of the SAT.
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 plan, 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 during the same year.