Class of 2014

Brown Admits 2,804 Undergraduates from Record Applicant Pool

April 1, 2010  |  Media Contact: Sarah Kidwell |  401-863-2476
Brown University is making 2,804 offers of admission today for the Class of 2014. The applicant pool of 30,136 was the University’s largest ever, and the overall admit rate of 9.3 percent was the most selective.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of College Admission at Brown University is making official offers of admission to 2,804 applicants for its Class of 2014. Those offers, posted online at the University’s admission Web site after 5 p.m. EDT, represent 9.3 percent of applicants from a total of 30,136, Brown’s largest applicant pool ever.

“The applicant pool for the Class of 2014 is simply unmatched in Brown’s nearly 250 year history — not only in sheer numbers, but also in the remarkable talents and potential of more than 30,000 students who sought admission to the College this year,” said James Miller, Brown’s dean of admission. “We were deeply impressed and at times awed by the candidates we were privileged to review over these many months, and we are grateful for the opportunity to get to know so many inspirational and promising students from across this nation and around the world.”

Highlights of the admitted Class of 2014 include:

  • The pool: The total of 30,136 applicants was 21 percent larger than the previous year.
  • U.S. admits: There are admitted applicants from all 50 states. The top states were California (424), New York (360), Massachusetts (260) and Illinois (142).
  • International: International students represent 81 nations. The top nations were China (49), Canada (34), India (29), United Kingdom (28), Korea (22), and Singapore (20).
  • Gender: Women constitute 53 percent of the admitted class.
  • First generation: Sixteen percent of the admitted class are from the first generation in their families to attend college.
  • Financial aid: Approximately two-thirds of the admitted class applied for financial aid.
  • Disciplines: The admitted class plans to study physical sciences (30%), social sciences (27%), life sciences (23%) and humanities (17%). All those categories increased in percentage terms; the percentage of undecided students in the admitted class (3%) fell significantly compared to last year.

Admitted students will also receive a more extensive packet of information by mail. They have until May 1 to accept the University’s offer of admission. University officials anticipate that approximately 1,485 students will make their official entry through the Van Wickle Gates next fall.

The Class of 2014 will graduate as Brown University celebrates its semiquincentenary — the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1764.

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