Wednesday, January 19


Since I am interviewing kids for Brown U, I do my annual posting of college factoids sent to me by Dean of Admission Jim Miller, '73 - below. Probably most interesting for us parents is the cost - over $50K per year. That is the Science Library behind me, affectionately known as the "SciLi" where Roger and I studied usually on the top 13th floor. During exams, the carols filled and so I would walk down floors to find a free desk space. There was a student lounge half a floor up from the reception entrance which was claustrophobic and popular. A rumor when I was at Brown that the SciLi sinking a couple inches into the ground every year and maybe tilting. (photo from Flickr)

Founded in 1764, Brown University is America's seventh oldest college, and a member of the
Ivy League. To this day, Brown remains committed to the words of its charter, which called
for the education of individuals "duly qualified for discharging the offices of life with
usefulness and reputation."
• "Ivy League" was first a general reference to the older, and therefore "ivy covered," schools
in the Northeast. Part of the Ivy League athletic association since1954, this group of
academically rigorous institutions now comprises eight schools: Brown, Columbia, Cornell,
Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.
• Brown's 238 buildings, nearly 100 of which were built before 1900, occupy a 143 acre
campus in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island.

• Brown currently enrolls approximately 5900 undergraduates from all 50 states and more than
90 countries.
• Gender breakdown of undergraduates in the Class of 2014: 52% female, 48% male.
• Brown's Graduate School enrolls approximately 1700 students, and its School of Medicine
approximately 300.
• About one-third of undergraduates are people of color.
• An additional 10% hail from abroad.
• About 93 countries are represented in the Classes of 2011-2014.

• The College employs 679 full-time faculty members, and 133 adjunct and visiting professors.
• Brown's student to faculty ratio is 8:1.
• 100% of Brown faculty members teach undergraduates.
• The graduation rate in 6 years is 95%.

• On-campus housing is guaranteed for all 4 years.
• Students are required to live on campus for their first 6 semesters.
• Freshmen students live in doubles in freshmen dorms.
• 85% of all undergraduates live in residence halls.
• About 10% of students belong to fraternities or sororities; there are 10 fraternities, and 3

• There are more than 250 student organizations at Brown.
• The largest student organization is Brown Community Outreach, within the Swearer Center
for Public Service. In excess of 150,000 hours of community service work is rendered each
year by Brown undergraduates.
• 2010- 2011 tuition and fees: $40,820
• 2010- 2011 room and board: $10,540
• 2010- 2011 average amount for books and personal expenses: $3,010

• Average financial aid package for scholarship recipients in the Class of 2014 in
2010-2011: $36,000. This year, the average is made up of average need-based scholarship of
$31,950 work of $2550 and average loan of $1,500.
• Average need based scholarship in 2010-2011: $31,950
• Brown awarded approximately $76 million in undergraduate scholarships in 2009-2010 and
is budgeted for $81.5 million in 2010-2011
• 43% of undergraduates receive financial aid packages that include University scholarship
• 45% of the Class of 2014 receives need-based financial aid.
• Brown meets 100% of a student's demonstrated financial need.
• Each year, over 3,300 undergraduates receive over $85 million in financial assistance from a
variety of University and outside resources.

• There are more than 6 million items in Brown's 6 libraries; the John D. Rockefeller Library,
the Sciences Library, the John Hay Library, the Orwig Music Library, the Annmary Brown
Memorial Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.

• 300 members (20.8%) of the Class of 2009 completed double (or triple) concentrations.
• Brown offers 57 study abroad programs in 14 countries, including Cuba. An additional 150
programs are pre-approved programs run by other US universities. Over 1000 other
programs may be approved after a student submits a petition to request approval.
Approximately 40% of students take advantage of these programs during their time at
• 35 varsity athletic teams compete in the Ivy League at the NCAA Division I level;
additionally, there are 15 club sports and 8 intramural teams.

Employment and Graduate/Professional School:
• 83 % of students responding by April 2010 reported they were either employed or
pursuing graduate/professional studies full time--27% in graduate professional studies,
56% in employment
Medical and Law School
• Brown students and alumni earn admission to medical school at a rate significantly
higher than the national average. Admission rates for Fall 2009 (most recent data
available): Brown graduate 81% vs. national average 46%
• Brown students and alumni earn admission to law school at a rate significantly higher
than the national average. Admission rates for Fall 2009 (most recent data available:
Brown graduates 86% vs. national average 67%
• Brown was #1 in the Ivy League for earning Fulbright Scholarships in 2009, with 23
seniors and 30 total Brown students and alumni earning Fulbrights
• A Brown senior once again won a Rhodes Scholarship, the fourth in the past four year