Brown admits Class of 2017

March 28, 2013  |  Media Contact: Mark Nickel |  401-863-1638
Walking the walk - Every fall the Van Wickle Gates open inward to receive new students. About 1,515 members of the Class of 2017 will take the walk in September.
Walking the walk Every fall the Van Wickle Gates open inward to receive new students. About 1,515 members of the Class of 2017 will take the walk in September. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University
Today at 5 p.m., 2,649 students from across the country and around the world learned that they have been accepted into Brown’s Class of 2017. They represent 9.2 percent of a 28,919-applicant pool and constitute the most diverse admitted class in University history.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of College Admission at Brown University is making official offers of admission to 2,649 applicants for the Class of 2017. Those offers, posted online at the University’s admissions website after 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 28, 2013, represent 9.2 percent of applicants from a total pool of 28,919.

“We are grateful to the nearly 29,000 students who gave us the opportunity and the privilege of learning so much about them and their remarkable accomplishments,” said James Miller, dean of admission. “The Class of 2017 has the potential to be among the most accomplished in Brown’s history.”

This year’s admitted class is the most diverse in Brown’s history, with 45 percent students of color, defined as students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian. Additionally, of those admitted, 17.5 percent represent the first generation in their families to go to college, another record number for the University.

“I know first-hand how all-consuming the application and admission cycle can be for students and their families,” said Brown President Christina Paxson. “The prospect of eager, ever more accomplished students makes this an exciting time for the University as well. I congratulate the 2,649 potential members of the Class of 2017 and look forward to meeting the Class of 2017 this fall.”

Highlights from the admitted Class of 2017 include:

  • United States: Students from all 50 states were admitted. The top states were California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas.
  • International: Students from 83 nations are represented in the admitted class. The top countries were China, Canada, India, Korea, and the United Kingdom.
  • High school: The admitted class represents nearly 1,800 high schools from around the world.
  • Academic standing: 95 percent of admitted candidates are in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Forty-five percent are valedictorians or salutatorians.
  • Gender: Of the admitted applicants, 50 percent are female.
  • Financial aid: 67 percent of the admitted class intend to apply for financial aid.
  • First generation: Of those admitted, 17.5 percent represent the first generation in their families to attend college, the highest number in Brown’s modern history.
  • Diversity: 45 percent of those admitted are students of color, defined as students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian. This is the highest percentage in Brown’s history.
  • Academic interest: 58 percent intend to concentrate in the physical or life sciences. The top five intended concentrations are engineering, biology, computer science, international relations, and economics.

Admitted candidates have until May 1 to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of 1,515 next fall.

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