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Learn How to gain admission Brown University

Miguel Marfori

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When it comes to an elite college like Brown University, you can't help but feel the sting of nostalgia. Why? It's because everywhere you look, it blends so well where it is right now. Its beautiful and illustrious areas in Rhode Island give it a gentle aura of charm and calmness. It's also one of the elite colleges many want to get into because besides offering courses that provide an appreciation for the creative arts, it offers an open curriculum where students are allowed to modify their learning process their way. It's another way of saying what works for you can be implemented. Oh, and did we mention some of its notable alumni include John Krasinki, Emma Watson and Ted Turner? Yep, it’s that elite. 

But how will you be able to join these alumni and become part of this elite college? Can you be worthy of being part of this university? Yes, you can! With the guide laid out below you, you’ll be able to find your way and gain admission to Brown University. So sit back, relax and read the ways! 

1. Be aware of what Brown University wants from you

While most elite colleges are eager to give the lowdown on what they're looking for with detailed lists and breakdowns of factors, Brown University goes for a different approach by stating what they want like a mission statement. As stated on their website here: “Across each and every program, we actively seek students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We value the exceptional academic talent, intellectual curiosity, individual perspectives, creativity, and other defining attributes that each student uniquely contributes to our community." It may not be much, but if you got the factors that are all summed up just now, you've got a pretty good chance. 

2. Know a little more about Brown University’s hidden desire

But what the elite university doesn't say out loud to the public is what they want in a student: They want them to be unique, one-of-a-kind and impressive that when they come along for the ride, they'll give Brown University a boost in the rep. It's the way of saying that if you got something most people don't, Brown University would consider you a part of the crew. They also want a student who can prosper in their academic culture and make use of what's right in front of them to pursue their studies with the utmost confidence. 

3. Develop the spike from within

While you know the intrinsic factors Brown University seeks from you, they won't be enough to get your application up and running. You need to have something else that'll amaze them to the point that they're going to have extra time evaluating you. What would that be? A spike. What's that? According to PrepScholar here, a spike, "is what sets you apart from all other applicants. It goes against the spirit of simply being well rounded. By nature of being unique, you don't fit in with all of the other well-rounded applicants; you do something that truly stands out in a meaningful way." It's an excellent way of saying you're going to be top-class in the area of interest and it'll get everyone talking.  

But achieving that kind of level is no walk in the park. Heck, it may take a while before you can indeed be elite. Need some motivation to keep you pumped up? Think about Gretchen Rubin. Her name may not mean much to you, but Google about her books, and you'll be familiar with what she's written before, especially when she became famous worldwide with The Happiness Project. Sure, you might think she's got it easy these days, but you have to realize that for her to be where she is right now, she worked hard and persevered. She even added more to her plate and is running her own podcast. If Gretchen can be where she through her hard work and determination, who's to say you can't?

When it comes to developing the spike, make sure to choose one area of interest that you're already good at and extend your skills to the max. It also means creating a weekly plan on when and how you'll develop your skills so that as you're spending your time, you'll have a clearer idea on how your progress is and where you'll take your journey next. For example, if the area of interest you're good at is a tapestry, then you can research on more advanced skills that ordinary people don't go for. It's all about revving up your current level while adding up more to the table. 

4. Maintain excellence with other areas of interest

As you’re developing the spike in one area, you’ll need to maintain excellence with other areas of interest. As you learned earlier, Brown University seeks out students who are unique and one-of-a-kind. For example, if you're spending time with five areas of interests, it's best to keep 2 or 3 of them while the rest will be ignored. From there, the remaining fields can be improved by yourself through scheduling and goal-setting. When you got your groove going with your spike and the excellence, Brown University will be dazzled that they’re already getting what they’re looking for with you.

5. Pick the areas of interest that sync well

When you're maintaining excellence in your prioritized areas of interest, make sure they're the kind you like. If you're going to be celebrated in one area of interest that isn't right up your alley, then it's going to be a chore for you, and that's not something you'd like to do. On the other hand, you also need to pick activities that'll give Brown University a smile on their end while it's also enjoyable for you to do. So it's a matter of choosing what interests the both of you. Once you've arrived at that point, add that to your areas of interest and tread on!  

6. Tackle a few more AP courses than everyone else

Most high schools nowadays are offering AP courses. What are they? AP courses, also known as Advanced Placement, are specialized high school classes that let you earn college credit. It's an excellent way to advance your way into college and have a feel for it while you're still in high school. Typically, some students will take a few, but, in your case, you can tackle a few more. We're not saying you overwork yourself, and your school might have limits on how many AP courses you can take, so map out your route and plan how you'll receive the classes. Then, when you're up and ready for the AP exam, study hard and tackle the test with confidence. 

But it does make you think: Why take more AP courses than usual? Because it’ll boost up your application for Brown University. Seeing as how the elite college is looking for students who's got strong academic skills, having excellent grades with AP courses will show Brown University will be dazzled to see you're no ordinary student.  

7. Try the honours classes

But what if your school doesn't have AP courses available or they're not the thing for you? You can try honours classes instead. Honours classes follow the traditional system of high school but add a bit more material than usual which means if everyone else in your class is at the beginner level of classes, you're going to be on the advanced level. It's another excellent way to boost your application too because it lets Brown University know you stand firmly with your academics, and you'll go out of your way to maintain it that way. So while you’re developing your skills in other areas of interest, you’re keeping your academic self in tip-top shape. 

8. Pick the course that resonates with you at Brown University

When you've aced the things Brown University wants in you, you can now begin selecting your course. There’s a lot of courses to pick, so be sure to go through this list and see which one resonates with you. Also, take note of the open curriculum which you can read more about here. The gist of this is while most colleges have a fixed set of classes in the courses they’re offering, you’re free to pick classes that can be added to the course you’re taking. It’s more or less like customizing your education with the base classes while the other classes are up to you.

9. Collect the requirements you’ll need

When you're finally settled on your course, your next move will be getting the essentials. It's not listed down like other colleges, but CollegeVine managed to sum it up all here. If you’re not in the mood to check the full page, you can have a peek at the essentials below:

  • Completed Common or Coalition Application
  • ACT or SAT score results
  • Supplemental essays
  • High school transcript (with GPA, class rank and grades)
  • $75 application fee or a fee waiver
  • Two letters of recommendations from teachers in academic subjects
  • Guidance counselor forms

Brown University even goes out of their way to give prospective students assistance when applying, so they’ve dedicated a page with steps on how to tackle the phases here. You can even get some aid in keeping track of your application so you won’t have to worry about being lost as you go along your journey. 

10.  See the scores that delight Brown University 

It's known that Brown University doesn't set a minimum line when it comes to SAT and ACT score results, but that doesn't permit you just to lounge around and think average scores will do. After all, exceptional academic talent is one of the things Brown University seeks in a student, so you need to strong with your academics. If you think Brown University just goes for the typical kind of scores, you're going to shocked with what CollegeSimply got here:

As the infographic shows, your SAT score must be above 1490 and ACT score must be above 33 to let Brown University know you’re no ordinary student. Of course, the scores above you won’t be handed to you on a platter, so you’ll need to be ready for the next step.    

11. Score significantly on the required tests

Now that you know the ACT and SAT scores Brown University love to see, your next step is achieving them. But how? By setting up your way of studying and prepping yourself in a way that you're already feeling ready anywhere, anytime. It's going to be one heck of a challenge, so here are a few things to remember: 

  • Practice the tests 

When it comes to the tests, it's a great idea to practice until you've perfected them (or close to the highest score). You might think it’s silly to practice, but when you’re doing them, you may get nervous and not even remember what you were supposed to do in the first place. That’s why practice them like you’re doing the actual tests. Once you get comfortable, you’ll be able to answer the questions without losing your nerve. 

  • Prepare with the apps

Back then, prepping for the tests was pure torture. Can you see yourself setting up space on a desk with so many books that would take you hours until you finally finished them, only to find out you forgot another book? Nowadays, the app versions of the SAT and ACT tests can all be accessed from a device with swipes here and there. Everything you practiced beforehand can now be applied to them. 

  • Expand your mind 

As you’re getting ready for the tests, you can also freely expand your mind which means you can read challenging novels, experiment with things that teach you something and do other activities that’ll let your brain have an excellent mental workout. 

  • Go to class

Sure, the app versions provide support with ease and security, but it’s still a good idea to go to class because you’ll not only study with fellow applicants but also learn from the people who conquered the tests and will teach you the ways that will help you in your journey.

12. Check out Brown University’s acceptance rates

Brown University’s factors for a prospective student and their open curriculum gives the world the impression that the elite university wants to let their students handle their future. It also means that getting accepted with them is going to be a tough challenge. How tough you ask? As TopTier Admissions shows here: 

The acceptance rate from 2012 was as high as 13.71%, but over the following years, the rates went down until it came to 9.01% by 2020. It’s estimated that by 2024, the acceptance rate will be at 6.88%, which signals how tough it'll be for the next classes.

What does this mean for you? It means that you’re going to need to be super-motivated and self-determined because you are going to be shaping the way you’ll do your course. If that 6.88% goes down even further, you're going to need all the motivation to also stay on track.

13. Boost your application with excellence

Absorbed all that you need to be part of Brown University’s unique environment? Then you’re now ready to boost your application with distinction. When it comes to applying for Brown University, you’re going to need to put all the extra effort to the max. Here are things to consider and remember:

  • Answer the essays greatly

When it comes to the essays, you'll be prompted to write for Brown University, and it's a good idea to be familiar with them. Thankfully, Brown University gives the lowdown on what they are here. As you’re reading the essay questions, be patient with them. There’s no rush in answering them, so take the time to know what you truly want to answer. It’ll give Brown University a better idea on who you are when they see the answers you’ll concoct for them. 

  • Address your strengths excellently 

While getting your profile all revved up, be vigilant in letting Brown University know about your strengths excellently. It's also the area where you can give them an idea on how great you are in your prioritized areas of interest plus the spike you're developing. As you well remember, Brown University looks for that one-of-a-kind student with diversity, so don't be shy in boasting a bit of your excellence. 

  • Have a feel of the Brown University environment

It may not be much, but checking out Brown University on their website will give you a better idea on who they are and how they'll be for you when you do get accepted. They’ve even dedicated a part where you can visit both online and offline here. By feeling more of Brown University's essence, it'll give you a better idea on how best to get your application boosted to the next level.

  • Chat with the experts

When your application’s completion is slowly coming close, get in touch with the experts. It’ll be good to have a second opinion on what you’ve missed out, get insights on things that can be improved, and have more ideas on what else can be done. 

14. Learn more about Brown University’s way of selection 

When it comes to selecting students, Brown University's process can be quite strict, especially with the acceptance rate you've learned about earlier. So how do they go about it? They don't say much about their process, but when asked from other sites such as College Transitions, they give a dose of it. As the Brown admissions office said when they were asked, the process “challenges us to discover how each applicant would contribute to — and benefit from — the lively academic, social and extracurricular activity here at Brown. We will consider how your unique talents, accomplishments, energy, curiosity, perspective and identity might weave into the ever-changing tapestry that is Brown University." In a way, they're hellbent ongoing for the unique and one-of-a-kind student that they described without saying it out loud earlier.

It also goes a little deeper than that what’s said there. Logan Powell, dean of admission, gave a hint about this in a blog post he wrote back in 2018. As he said after dispelling the myth revolving around legacy playing a role in the application: "Only after we have established the foundation of these essential elements do we begin to layer a host of priorities that help guide our work in an ever-more selective admissions environment. We take a vast range of considerations into account, many of which receive more attention than whether or not a student’s parents attended Brown. We are dedicated to strengthening the visual and performing arts, and might look very closely at musicians when trying to identify the cellist who might be needed to fill out the orchestra. We seek out some of the most talented science students, innovators and humanists in the world. And as part of our commitment to building community at Brown, we pay special attention to children of Brown employees, whether that be a faculty member, a member of our grounds staff, or a library employee.”

In a way, Brown University’s selection process isn’t to be taken lightly. Even they’ve got to make some tough decisions that will ultimately get them the student they were seeking right from the start. 

15. Submit everything, cross your fingers and hope for the best

Once you've got it all under wraps, make that submission, cross your fingers, and hope for the best. It's not a guarantee you'll get right in, and you can already see the acceptance rate is quite low that you got to hope. So it's all in the matter of patience.  

Not Accepted? 

You finally get the results after waiting for a time, and what do you get? Rejection! You took so much time, but in the end, Brown University won't accept you. Does it mean all hope is lost for you? Not yet. There is still another option you can try. We’re not saying it’ll get you right in as a guarantee but seeing as how it’s not the usual option, you can give it a go. Here it is: 

Alternative Option: Attend a different college and transfer to Brown University later

You can try applying for a different college and transferring to Brown University later. The requirements for transferring are here. Before you go happy about this, take note that the transfer acceptance rate back in 2019 was 7.7%  according to Campus Reel. It’s roughly in the same range as the acceptance rates you’ve seen earlier. Also, you have to remember that because you’re transferring, Brown University will have another look at you and they may reject your application at the last minute. But if you can show them how much you’ve changed and grown over the past year while being with the different college, they might just give you another chance. 


When you think about it, Brown University’s a great college. After all, it’s able to give freedom for its students to choose how they want to do their course via the course curriculum, they seek out students who are unique, they’re all about diversity, and they show that with its rich tapestry of history, it’s able to let the students plot their future with the steps. Yep, it’s hard getting into this college, but with the guide we got for you, you may just be able to prove to Brown University you got what it takes to be one of them! 



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