Brown admits 2,692 for Class of 2015

March 30, 2011  |  Media Contact: Deborah Baum |  401-863-2476
Brunonians all - Every fall, the entering class streams in through the Van Wickle Gates, marking the official start of their Brown careers.
Brunonians all Every fall, the entering class streams in through the Van Wickle Gates, marking the official start of their Brown careers. Credit: Frank Mullin/Brown University
Tonight, 2,692 students from across the country and around the world will learn they have been accepted to Brown’s Class of 2015. They represent 8.7 percent of a 30,948-member applicant pool, Brown’s largest ever.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of College Admission at Brown University is making official offers of admission to 2,692 applicants for its Class of 2015. Those offers, posted online at the University’s admission Web site after 5 p.m. EDT, represent 8.7 percent of applicants from a total of 30,946, Brown’s largest applicant pool ever.

“The accomplishments and potential of the nearly 31,000 candidates who sought admission to Brown this year is remarkable,” said James Miller, Brown’s dean of admission. “Selecting an incoming class from a pool this talented was extremely challenging. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet so many inspirational and promising students from across this nation and abroad. We look forward to welcoming the members of the Class of 2015 to College Hill next fall, and we offer them our heartiest congratulations.”

Highlights of the admitted Class of 2015 include:

  • The pool: The total of 30,946 applicants is about a 3-percent increase over last year. Brown has experienced a 50-percent surge in applications over the last three years.
  • United States: Students from all 50 states were admitted. The top states were California (393), New York (322), Massachusetts (216), New Jersey (141), and Texas (101).
  • International: Students from 79 nations are represented in the admitted class. The top countries were China (57), India (34), United Kingdom (33), Korea (30), and Canada (28).
  • Gender: Of the admitted class, 51 percent are women.
  • First generation: Seventeen percent of the admitted candidates are the first generation in their families to attend college.
  • Financial aid: Nearly two-thirds of the admitted class applied for financial aid.
  • Diversity: The admitted class is the most racially, socio-economically, and geographically diverse class in Brown’s history.
  • Academic interest: The admitted class plans to study physical sciences (33 percent), social sciences (25 percent), life and medical sciences (22 percent) and humanities (16 percent). About 4 percent of students are undecided.
  • Concentrations: The most popular intended concentrations are engineering, biology, international relations, economics, and human biology.

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of about 1,485 students next fall.

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