What Makes a Good Transfer Applicant?

First and foremost the Office of College Admission seeks to admit candidates who will be academically successful at Brown. To this end the most important pieces of a transfer application include:

  • The college transcript (curriculum and grades)
  • Recommendation letters from college faculty
  • Standardized test scores (the SAT or ACT)
  • The high school transcript

Since Brown’s admission process is a highly selective one, we also want to choose applicants who will add, in some concrete way, to Brown’s undergraduate community. We look for applicants with a long-term commitment to extracurricular activities who we expect will involve themselves in similar pursuits at Brown. We actively try to admit students from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, to make Brown’s undergraduate student body a thorough reflection of the diversity of identity and perspective that exists in the nation and in the world.

We hope that the following transfer admission statistics will give you a better picture of the type of applicants we admit.

Transfer Application Cycle Spring 2017 Spring 2018 Spring 2019
Number Applied 1,866 2,131 2,031
Number Admitted (Fall & Spring Combined) 155 165 190
Percent Admitted 8.3% 7.7% 9.4%
Number Enrolling (Fall & Spring Combined) 106 98 134
Percent Enrolling 68.4% 59.4% 70.5%
SAT EBRW (Middle 50% of Admits)* 700-750 700-770 720-760
SAT Math (Middle 50% of Admits)* 680-780 680-790 740-800
ACT Composite (Middle 50% of Admits) 29-33 32-34 32-35
Average College GPA of Admits 3.87 3.88 3.89

* Redesigned SAT test scores reported beginning with Spring 2019

In the last four years the Office of Admission has admitted transfer students from 218 different colleges and universities worldwide. Here is a sample of the colleges that sent new transfers to Brown.

Amherst College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
De Anza College
Deep Springs College
Dickinson College
Duke University
Emory University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Lafayette College
Marquette University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Pomona College
Rice University
Salt Lake Community College
Scottsdale Community College
Scripps College
Snow College
Swarthmore College
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College