Date September 5, 2019
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Brown’s newest students, by the numbers

A total of 2,755 new undergraduate, graduate and medical students began studies at Brown University this week — here’s a look at who arrived on College Hill.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — An acclaimed opera singer. An aspiring Olympian. A commanding officer in the U.S. Navy Junior ROTC. An academic decathlon national champion. And countless talented students who have excelled academically and contributed to the greater good in myriad ways even before college.

These are among the students who arrived on College Hill over the past week in Brown’s undergraduate Class of 2023. Add to that an accomplished cohort of doctoral, master’s and medical students, and you get the University’s newest class — many of whom celebrated Opening Convocation and ventured through the famed Van Wickle Gates on Tuesday to mark the start of their Brown experience.

Here’s a look at the 2,755 newest students on College Hill, by the numbers.

Undergraduate Class of 2023

A total of 38,674 students applied for admission to Brown’s undergraduate Class of 2023. The University admitted 2,739 students (7.1 percent), yielding a matriculating class of 1,665. The addition of 10 incoming Resuming Undergraduate Education students and 85 transfers makes for the total of 1,760 first-year students.

  • 45 percent of class members are students of color
  • 11 percent are first-generation college students
  • 43 percent will receive need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • Students in the class come to Brown from 63 nations
  • 11 percent are international students — an additional 5 percent have lived abroad
  • Beyond the U.S., the countries most represented are China, the United Kingdom, India, Canada and Singapore
  • Among the most popular intended areas of concentration are engineering; computer science; biology; biochemistry and molecular biology; economics; neuroscience; political science; international relations; applied mathematics; and English

Graduate Students

A total of 851 incoming graduate students will begin studies in 51 doctoral and 33 master’s and executive master’s programs this fall.

  • 32 percent of doctoral students from the U.S. are from groups historically underrepresented in higher education
  • 25 percent of master’s and executive master’s students from the U.S. are from historically underrepresented groups
  • 37 percent of all new graduate students are international students
  • Incoming students come from 46 U.S. states and territories and 44 nations
  • Beyond the U.S., the countries most represented are China, India, Korea, Philippines, Brazil, Canada and Italy

M.D. Class of 2023

A total of 144 aspiring physicians will begin medical education studies at the Warren Alpert Medical School.

  • 27 percent of students are from groups historically underrepresented in medicine
  • Students come from 56 colleges and universities — including 59 from Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education
  • Members of the class come from 32 U.S. states and territories and 17 nations
  • 16 students will start in Brown’s combined M.D.-Sc.M. program in Primary Care-Population Medicine, the first of its kind in the nation