<p>Brown has admitted 583 early decision applicants for the Class of 2018, from a record early decision pool of 3,088 prospective students.</p>

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University has invited 583 early decision applicants to become members of the Class of 2018. Applicants began logging on to a secure website at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, to learn the status of their applications. Those offers of early decision admission represent 19 percent of applicants out of a pool of 3,088, a record number in the University’s history.

“The first members of the Class of 2018 bring enormous talent, achievement, and potential to Brown and we're delighted to welcome them College Hill,” said James Miller, dean of admission.“Individually and collectively they represent a superb foundation for what promises to be an outstanding first-year class.”

By applying for early decision, prospective students indicated that Brown was their first choice for college and agreed to accept an offer of admission if they received one.

More than half of the accepted students applied to receive financial aid. Brown is committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for admitted undergraduates. Forty-six percent of the Brown undergraduate student body currently receives need-based financial aid. Since the matriculation of the Class of 2007, all domestic undergraduates admitted as freshmen have been admitted under the University’s need-blind admission policy.

The students who were accepted from the early decision applicant pool will come to Brown from 30 nations and 41 states. The top countries represented outside the United States are the People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada, and Korea.

Eleven percent of accepted students represent the first-generation in their family to attend college. Additionally, 30 percent are students of color, defined as students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian. Of the accepted students, 318 are female and 265 are male.

The top five concentrations that accepted students intend to pursue are engineering, biology, business, entrepreneurship and organizations, economics, and English.

The deadline for regular decision applications is Jan. 1, 2014. Typically, students admitted through the early decision application represent approximately 20 percent of the complete admitted class.