Begin by creating an account on the Common Application website. Once registered, you will need to add Brown University to your list of colleges from within the College Search tab.
The Common Application is divided into three sections:
- Information common to all the schools to which you are applying
- Brown University specific questions
- Guidance counselor and academic teacher recommendations
If you have indicated an interest in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics or physics, you must complete the Science/Engineering essays.
If you are applying to the eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) or the five-year Brown-Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program (BRDD) you must complete the special program essays.
Questions specific to Brown University, including our essays, are found in the section labeled “Questions.”
Records and Recommendations
Request recommendations. Within the Common Application, you will be presented with either online or paper methods of inviting appropriate school officials and teachers to supply records and recommendations. We suggest that you begin the process early to give them plenty of time to respond before the deadline.
We recommend sending all official test scores, transcripts and recommendations through the Common Application. If this is not an option, arrange to have your materials sent directly to the following address, or fax to 401-863-9300:
Office of College Admission
Providence, RI 02912
See how you can satisfy our test results requirement.
Brown has a $75 non-refundable application fee. As part of our commitment to make a Brown University education accessible to students from all income backgrounds, Brown is making automatic application fee waivers available to more students.
Brown will automatically waive the application fee for any student who is enrolled in or eligible for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL), as well as students who are enrolled in federal, state or local programs that aid students from low-income families (for example, TRIO Programs). Additionally, Brown will automatically waive the application fee for any student who belongs to a community-based organization or college access organization that promotes educational opportunity for low-income students.
Applicants to Brown who meet any of these requirements should select the "Brown Specific Fee Waiver" in the "Brown Questions" section of the Common Application. Brown will continue to honor fee waiver request forms from the College Board, NACAC and school counselors.
We do not consider information on criminal history during our initial round of admission application reviews. Only upon selecting a pool of admitted candidates do we learn whether you have reported a criminal history, at which point we will offer you an opportunity to explain the circumstances. With this approach, information on misdemeanor or felony convictions can inform, but not determine, admission decisions. This ensures that applicants are evaluated based on their academic profile, extracurricular pursuits and potential fit - not criminal history - and enables us to continue to review this potentially important information. Ultimately, our goal is to make an informed decision about what is best for you and best for Brown.
Deadlines and Notifications
Complete the Common Application by November 1, 2017, for Early Decision, or by January 1, 2018, for Regular Decision. You will receive a confirmation email from the Office of College Admission confirming receipt of your Common Application.