PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Eager to leap into college life, thousands of high schoolers journey to Providence each summer for Pre-College Programs at Brown, designed to offer a taste of college academic, extracurricular and social experiences on College Hill. And while the summer programs draw students from across the world, Brown is welcoming an increasing share of local teens — 140 Providence Public School District students enrolled in 2023, a spike of nearly four times the number of participants compared to last year.
So what caused local student enrollment to quadruple?
Determined to increase the number of students from its home city who participate, Brown is now providing a full scholarship to every PPSD student admitted to a Pre-College program.
Since partnering with the district in 2016, the number of PPSD students has grown yearly. Still, the move to a full scholarship model proved one of the most effective outreach and support measures — which also include contacting guidance counselors, collaborating with school leaders on classroom and cafeteria talks, waiving application fees and providing more financial aid — that Brown has led to date. Turnout is up roughly 270%, with 140 PPSD students participating this summer compared to 38 in 2022. Among the PPSD cohort, 113 students attended programs on the College Hill campus, while 24 enrolled in online courses, and three students took part in programs held internationally.