Date September 16, 2022
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Brown ranks among nation’s top universities, employers

From U.S. News and World Report to Forbes, prominent rankings in the last year gave the University high marks for its distinctive student experience, world-class teaching and research, and inclusive environment.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In acknowledgement of its exceptional teaching, influential research, generous financial aid and singular student experience, Brown University continued in 2022 to place among top schools and receive new recognitions in national and international rankings of college and universities.

During the last year, Brown was given top marks for its innovative approach to teaching and learning, its services to support the University community’s health and well-being, and the professional outcomes of its graduates, among many rankings.

In U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” guide for 2022-23, Brown was ranked No. 13 among four-year colleges and universities across the nation. The University was awarded the No. 2 spot among national universities for undergraduate teaching, which recognizes schools with an “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

The annual U.S. News rankings, published on Monday, Sept. 12, ranked Brown’s senior capstone program No. 3 in the nation, while the University took the No. 1 spot for “Writing in the Disciplines” for the fourth year in a row. In the U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools” guide, the University received a broad array of recognitions in medicine, public health, English, math and social sciences, including the No. 3 spot nationally for Brown’s doctoral program in applied mathematics.

“While no ranking or statistical analysis can truly capture the identity or the breadth of experience that comes with a Brown education, we are pleased by the ongoing recognition of our distinctive approach to rigorous scholarship and student-centered education,” University officials said. “Brown is a hub for exceptional research and intellectual discourse where a commitment to addressing pressing societal issues underpins scholarly work across classrooms, laboratories and departments across campus.”

Additional U.S. News and World Report rankings placed Brown at No. 2 among the highest graduation and retention rates in the country, No. 15 for “First-Year Experiences,” No. 12 for “Service Learning,” No. 17 for “Best Colleges for Veterans” and No. 25 for “Most Innovative Schools,” among other recognitions.

Recognitions for research, teaching and student support

In other rankings released within the last year, Brown placed No. 19 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2022 and No. 18 for research universities. Money placed Brown at No. 21 nationally on its list of “Best Selective Colleges” for “a world-class education with an incredible ROI (return on investment),” highlighting Brown’s Open Curriculum, 6:1 student-faculty ratio, distinguished alumni, and strong academic programs in computer sciences, medicine and more.

U.S. News ranked Brown No. 10 for “Least Debt” upon graduation and No. 14 for “Best Value,” which assesses the average level of need-based financial aid for schools “that are above average academically.”

Among a range of financial aid and access initiatives, Brown has replaced loans with grants in University financial aid packages for students, eliminated consideration of a family’s home equity as an asset when calculating a student’s available financial resources, increased scholarships for military veterans, and created health insurance scholarships as part of all financial aid packages for uninsured students.

Forbes also featured Brown for being the nation’s No. 1 Fulbright-producing research university, which marks the fourth time in the last six years that Brown University students and recent graduates earned more Fulbright scholarships than those from any other research university in the nation.

“It’s also relevant to celebrate that in the last year, a Brown student was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and another was named as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, which are among the most prestigious academic awards available to undergraduate students in the U.S.,” University officials noted.

Leading in medicine, public health, social sciences and entrepreneurship

Internationally, Brown took the No. 7 slot for best executive MBA in the “QS World University 2022 Rankings” for its joint executive program with IE Business School in Spain.

Brown was ranked No. 10 globally for graduating the most female entrepreneurs in PitchBook’s 2021 “Top 50 Colleges for Founders” — and No. 17 for undergraduate programs that graduate the most successful entrepreneurs. Brown is home to the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which hosts a range of programs and initiatives for students developing ventures, equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs for lives of innovation and impact.

In the “Best Graduate Schools” guide published by U.S. News, Brown ranked No. 16 for “Best Public Health Schools,” and its Ph.D. program in biostatistics ranked No. 13 nationally among “Best Biostatistics Programs.” Among nearly 50 other national distinctions at the graduate level, the University’s graduate programs earned the No. 12 spot for “Earth Sciences;” No. 13 ranks for “English,” “Algebra / Number Theory / Algebraic Geometry” and “Analysis;” No. 14 spots for “Geochemistry,” “Geophysics and Seismology” and “Mathematics;” No. 18 in “History;” and No. 20 in “Economics.”

In the U.S. News medical school rankings 2023, Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School took the No. 14 spot in the nation for “Best Medical Schools: Primary Care,” up five spots from No. 19 the previous year, and No. 20 for “Most Diverse Medical Schools.” The ranking noted the medical school’s teaching hospital affiliations, its 2.1:1 faculty-to-student ratio and successful dual-degree programs. Additionally, Brown was placed at No. 16 in the U.S. News “Specialty Rankings” for “Best Family Medicine Programs.”

Ensuring an inclusive and healthy community

Outside of the classroom and the lab, Brown was recognized for its health and well-being resources and was designated Rhode Island’s “Healthiest College” on the list of “Healthiest College in Every State (2022),” created by the Nessie health and wellness publication. It praised Brown’s BWell health promotion program and support for LGBTQIA+ community members.

In the Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition,” Brown was rated No. 4 nationally in three categories: “LGBTQ-Friendly,” “Best College Theater” and “Their Students Love These Colleges.” Brown is in the midst of enhancing spaces that house the LGBTQ Center and Rites and Reason Theatre, one of the oldest continuously operating Black theater companies in the United States. In its review of Brown, Princeton Review highlighted the University’s emphasis on social action, dedication to undergraduate academic freedom, and engaging faculty who are “at the top of their fields … working on research that pushes those fields forward.”

In recognition of the University’s service to faculty and staff, Brown was ranked the No. 3 “Best Employer” in Rhode Island on Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers by State” list, which is based on criteria including safe work environment, competitive compensation, opportunities for advancement and openness to remote work. Nationally, Forbes ranked Brown No. 87 among “America’s Best Employers” on a list of the nation’s top 500 midsize employers.

“As an educational institution, and an employer, we continue to ensure that we lead and make an impact on the University and surrounding community in positive ways,” University officials said. “Brown continues to enhance academic excellence and support an ever-increasingly diverse, vibrant and cohesive community.”