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 2014 Spring 2015 Spring 2016
Number Applied 1,784 1,717 1,834
Number Admitted (Fall & Spring combined) 165 286 152
Percent Admitted 9.20% 16.70% 8.29%
Number Enrolling (Fall & Spring) 93 205 91
Percent Enrolling 56% 72% 60%
SAT Critical Reading, middle 50% of admits 700-780 690-760 720-780
SAT Math, middle 50% of admits 690-780 680-770 670-770
SAT Writing, middle 50% of admits 710-780 700-780 700-780
ACT Composite, middle 50% of admits 30-32 30-33 31-34
Average College GPA of admits 3.88 3.84 3.85

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 in the 2016-17 academic year.

Arizona State University
Berkshire Community College
Boston College
Bronx Community College
Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale
Cañada College
Carleton College
Colby College
Columbia University
Concordia University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Deep Springs College
Emory University
Grinnell College
Haverford College
Indian River Community College
Indiana University, Bloomington
Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (India)
Northeastern University
Northern Virginia Community College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Pima Community College
Salt Lake Community College
Scottsdale Community College
Skidmore College
Suffolk University
Swarthmore College
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Chicago
University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Western Ontario (Canada)