Date September 2, 2021
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Brown’s newest students, by the numbers

A total of 3,038 new undergraduate, graduate and medical students will begin studies at Brown University next week — here’s a look at who is arriving on College Hill.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With the start of the 2021-22 academic year on the horizon, Brown University is welcoming 3,038 new students to College Hill in the days leading up to Monday, Sept. 6 — when each will have the chance to celebrate Opening Convocation and process through the famed Van Wickle Gates to mark the start of their Brown experiences.

Among these newest students are the 1,724 members of the undergraduate Class of 2025, as well as returning undergraduates, transfer students and an accomplished cohort of doctoral, master’s and medical students. Here’s a look at the 3,038 newest students on College Hill, by the numbers.

Undergraduate Class of 2025

A total of 46,568 students applied for admission to Brown’s undergraduate Class of 2025. The University admitted 2,569 students (5.5%), yielding a matriculating class of 1,724. The addition of 10 incoming Resumed Undergraduate Education students and 80 transfers makes for the total of 1,814 incoming students.

  • 48% of class members are students of color

  • 15%  percent are first-generation college students

  • 44% percent will receive need-based scholarship or grant aid

  • Students in the class come to Brown from 66 nations

  • 11% are international students

  • Beyond the U.S., the countries most represented are China, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea and Turkey

  • Among the most common intended areas of concentration are economics; computer science; political science; international and public affairs; biochemistry and molecular biology; biology; engineering; English; applied mathematics; and neuroscience

Graduate Students

  • Approximately 1,080 incoming graduate students will begin studies in 31 doctoral and 30 master’s and executive master’s programs this fall

  • 26.6% of all new graduate students from the U.S. are from groups historically underrepresented in higher education

  • 40% of all new graduate students are international students

  • Incoming students come from 44 U.S. states and territories and 71 nations

  • Beyond the U.S., the countries most represented are China, India, Canada, Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany and Colombia

M.D. Class of 2025

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

  • 33% of students are from groups historically underrepresented in medicine

  • Students come from 62 colleges and universities — including 53 from Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education

  • Members of the class come from 34 U.S. states and territories and 19 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