Date September 1, 2023
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Brown’s newest students, by the numbers

A total of 3,165 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 2023-24 academic year on the horizon, Brown University is welcoming 3,165 new students to College Hill in the days leading up to Tuesday, Sept. 5 — when each incoming student will have the chance to celebrate Opening Convocation and process through the famed Van Wickle Gates to mark the beginning of their Brown experiences.

Among these newest students are the 1,699 members of the undergraduate Class of 2027, as well as an accomplished cohort of undergraduate transfer students and doctoral, master’s and medical students. Here’s a look at the 3,165 newest students at Brown, by the numbers.

Undergraduate Class of 2027

A total of 51,316 students applied for admission to Brown’s undergraduate Class of 2027. The University admitted 2,686 students (5.2%), yielding a matriculating class of 1,699. Ten new students are enrolling through the Resumed Undergraduate Education program, which serves students who interrupted or delayed their formal education, and 77 new members of the Brown community are transfer students, making for a total of 1,786 incoming undergraduates. Of those students:

  • 15% are first-generation college students.
  • 54% are students of color.
  • 50% will receive need-based scholarship or grant aid.
  • Students in the class come to Brown from 76 nations and speak 89 languages.
  • 12% are international citizens.
  • Beyond the U.S., the countries most represented are China, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Brazil and Pakistan.
  • Among the most common intended areas of concentration are economics, computer science, biology, and international and public affairs.

Graduate Students

  • Approximately 1,235 incoming graduate students will begin studies in 46 doctoral and 35 master’s and executive master’s programs in Fall 2023.
  • 32% of all new graduate students from the U.S. are from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
  • 44% of all new graduate students are international students.
  • Incoming students come from 45 U.S. states and territories and 54 nations.
  • Beyond the U.S., the countries most represented are China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.  

M.D. Class of 2027

  • A total of 144 aspiring physicians began their medical education in early August at the Warren Alpert Medical School.
  • 28% of students are from groups historically underrepresented in medicine.
  • Students come from 52 colleges and universities — including 55 from Brown’s Program in Liberal Medical Education.
  • Members of the class come from 28 U.S. states and territories, and 18 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.