PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of College Admission at Brown University made offers of admission to 2,619 applicants today for its Class of 2018. Those offers, posted online at the University’s admissions website after 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, March, 27, 2014, represent 8.6 percent of a 30,432-applicant pool.
This year’s admitted class is the most diverse ever, with 46 percent admitted students self-identifying as African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American. Additionally, of those admitted, 18 percent represent the first generation in their families to go to college, another record number for the University.
“For the last six months the admission staff has been privileged and honored to get to know 30,000 talented, inspiring, and deserving students who sought admission to Brown from every state, from every segment of American society, and from nearly every nation in the world,” said James Miller, dean of admission. “The Class of 2018, selected from that remarkable applicant pool through an extraordinarily challenging process, will arrive on College Hill in the midst of an historic celebration, and represents the fruits of a 250-year institutional commitment to excellence and inclusivity. We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2018 to Brown.”
Highlights from the admitted Class of 2018 include:
- The pool: The applicant pool of 30,432 is the second largest in University history.
- United States: Students from all 50 states were admitted. The top states were California, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Florida.
- International: Students from 88 nations are represented in the admitted class. The top countries were China, India, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Korea.
- High school: The admitted class represents more than 1,750 high schools from around the world. Of the admitted candidates, 63 percent attended public high schools and 37 percent attended either private or parochial high schools.
- Academic standing: 95 percent of admitted candidates are in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
- Academic interests: The top ten intended concentrations are engineering, biology, computer science, biochemistry, economics, English, international relations, political science, neuroscience, and “undecided.” Of those top 10, English the saw the largest percentage increase, with the number of intended concentrators rising more than 48 percent over last year.
- Financial aid: 67 percent of the admitted students intend to apply for financial aid.
- First generation: Of those admitted, 18 percent represent the first generation in their families to attend college, the highest in Brown’s modern history.
- Diversity: 46 percent of those admitted are students of color, defined as students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American. This is the highest percentage in Brown’s history.
Admitted candidates have until May 1 to accept the University’s offer of admission. Brown anticipates an incoming class of 1,560 in the fall.