Date March 28, 2019
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Brown admits 2,551 students to the undergraduate Class of 2023

The Brown Promise initiative, which replaces loans with scholarship funds in all University-packaged undergraduate financial aid awards, played a significant role in attracting Brown’s largest applicant pool to date.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — On Thursday, March 28, Brown University made 1,782 offers of admission to prospective members of next year’s entering undergraduate class. These students from Brown’s regular decision applicant pool join the 769 early decision applicants offered admission last December for a total admitted class of 2,551.

A total of 38,674 prospective students applied to attend Brown, the University’s largest applicant pool to date.

“Each year, we are faced with the honor and the challenge of selecting a new cohort of Brown students from among a large group of extremely bright, talented applicants,” said Dean of Admissions Logan Powell. “This year was no exception.”

This year’s admitted class is the second to be admitted under the Brown Promise, which replaced loans with scholarship funds in all University-packaged undergraduate financial aid awards beginning in 2018-19. Among a wide variety of initiatives aimed at enrolling and supporting students from low-income families, Brown has continued to expand resources for travel grants that assist admitted students in visiting campus.

Powell added that over the next month, Brown will add an additional “A Day on College Hill” event (for a total of three) to create an additional chance for prospective students to experience Brown firsthand.

“We are excited to welcome the future members of the Class of 2023 to the Brown community,” Powell said. “Each one of them exemplifies Brown’s dedication to intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and the betterment of society. We can’t wait to see the ways in which they will make an impact on our community — and on the world.”

Applicants began logging on to a secure website at 7 p.m. on March 28 to learn the status of their applications. Admitted students have until May 1 to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of approximately 1,665.

Highlights from the admitted Class of 2023 include:

The pool: The applicant pool of 38,674 is the largest in Brown’s history.

Admission rate: The University admitted 6.6 percent of applicants to the Class of 2023.

Academic standing: Ninety-four percent of admitted students are in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Diversity: Forty-nine percent identify as students of color.

Financial aid: Sixty-five percent of admitted students intend to apply for financial aid.

United States: Students have been admitted from all 50 states. The top five states are California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas.

International: Students from 80 nations are represented in the admitted class. The top five countries are China, Canada, India, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

High schools: Admitted students come from 1,686 high schools. Fifty-eight percent attend public schools, 31 percent attend private schools, and 11 percent attend parochial schools.

Academic interests: The top 10 intended concentrations include: engineering; computer science; biology; biochemistry and molecular biology; economics; political science; business, entrepreneurship and organizations; English; neuroscience; and international relations.

Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program: Of 694 applicants, 18 students were admitted to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program.

Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME): Of 2,641 applicants, 94 students were admitted to PLME, an  eight-year program leading to both a bachelor’s degree and an M.D. from Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School.