PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University offered admission to 1,730 prospective members of next year’s entering undergraduate class on Thursday, March 30. Admitted through Brown’s regular decision process, the students join 879 early decision applicants offered admission in December 2022 for a total admitted class of 2,609.
Among a record 51,302 prospective students who applied to attend Brown, the University saw an increase in the number of applicants who will be the first person in their families to attend college, as well as a surge in the number from low- and moderate-income families, according to Logan Powell, associate provost for enrollment and dean of undergraduate admission.
“Our admissions staff has been incredibly diligent in working to broaden the reach of Brown’s recruitment efforts, and I’m proud to be able to welcome such extraordinarily talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds,” Powell said. “The students admitted to the Class of 2027 represent a remarkable group of inspired young scholars from communities across the nation and the world who are drawn to pursue Brown’s rigorous educational opportunities and student-centered learning environment.”
Amid the largest applicant pool to date, there was an 8% increase in the number of applicants from Rhode Island, a 3% growth in students from rural areas and small towns, and the largest admitted group of student veterans to date, Powell added.
“These increases in applications speak volumes about the value of a Brown education, and we’re particularly excited about the significant jump in applicants from our home state of Rhode Island and the number of students who indicate that they’re applying for financial aid,” Powell said. “The recent additions to our financial aid measures and the generosity of the University’s financial aid really can’t be overstated.”
Building on the work of the Brown Promise initiative, which replaced loans with scholarship funds in all University-packaged undergraduate financial aid awards starting in 2018-19, the University eliminated the consideration of a family’s home equity as an asset when calculating a student’s available financial resources, which typically translates to thousands of additional dollars in a student’s scholarship aid. Additionally, Brown set the goal of becoming fully need-blind for international students starting with the Class of 2029, who will begin at Brown in Fall 2025. Sixty-nine percent of this year’s admitted students intend to apply for financial aid, which represents a 4% increase since the 2018-19 admission cycle.
University financial aid covers full tuition for families earning $125,000 or less with typical assets. For students from families making less than $60,000 a year with typical assets, scholarships cover all expenses, including tuition, room, board, books and more.
“All of these measures send the important message that Brown is doing everything we can to be accessible and affordable to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” Powell said. “It’s being felt by more students every year, and that’s a wonderful thing. Brown is tremendously fortunate to be able to welcome such an outstanding pool of applicants who bring a wide range of academic and personal experiences.”