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Brown University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Providence, Rhode Island. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

253 Undergraduate Degrees
106 Graduate Degrees
$58,057 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
8% Acceptance Rate

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Brown University Rankings

Brown landed the #4 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 758 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Out of the 5 colleges in Rhode Island, it is ranked at #1.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Brown has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Brown.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Brown has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#5 Best Computer Science Schools College Factual
#5 Best Computer Science Schools College Factual
#10 Best Computer Information Systems Schools College Factual
#10 Best General Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#13 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Brown University?


Contact details for Brown are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
Phone: 401-863-1000

How Do I Get Into Brown?

You can apply to Brown online at:

Admission Requirements for Brown

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Brown?

8% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
71% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Brown is 8%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 9%, and the acceptance rate for women is 7%.

Average Test Scores

About 71% of students accepted to Brown submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 770. Math scores were between 730 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brown University  ( 710 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Brown University  ( 730 to 790 )
Brown received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 36. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Brown University  ( 34 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Brown University  ( 30 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Brown University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Brown University?

$58,057 Net Price
13% Take Out Loans
0.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Brown is $58,057. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Brown, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $9,671 a year. That adds up to $38,684 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brown is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Brown University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,605 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,792 undergraduate students at Brown, with 6,605 being full-time and 187 being part-time.


There are also 3,156 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,605 full-time undergraduates at Brown, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Brown University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,224
Black or African American 478
Hispanic or Latino 734
White 2,744
International Students 733
Other Races/Ethnicities 692

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at Brown University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 117 countries are represented at Brown. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Brown University

5,520 Took All Classes Online
8,626 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 8,626 students took at least one online class at the school.

Brown University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 213 95 11 319
General Computer & Information Sciences 40 0 0 40
Computer & IS Security 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 253 95 11 359


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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