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Tips mention: Interview (4), ACT/SAT (20), Grades (30), Sports/Extracurriculars (18), College Essay (24)
Show your personality on your application! Grades and scoresMar 05 2013Linguistics
Show your personality on your application! Grades and scores are important, but at this point those are out of your control. I wrote my common app essay about a last-minute decision to be in a teen beauty pageant. It was risky, but Brown loved it. They've read a zillion boring essays. Make the reader smile (or at least make them remember you).

Also, applying ED is great! That's what I did :)
SAT: 2370 Female

I worked pretty damn hardMar 11 2012Biology
I worked pretty damn hard. Just work on your essays and show that you'll bring something (e.g. hardship) unique, even if only superficially so. Brown loves affirmative action, regardless of whether it brings real diversity.
SAT: 1600 Male
I got straight A's in high school, taking theDec 17 2010Chemistry
I got straight A's in high school, taking the most rigorous courses that my high school offered. I played tennis for 3 years, tutored for 2 years, and volunteered in Appalachia for 4 consecutive summers building homes for the impoverished. In my senior year I completed a semester-long research project investigating the effects of vitamin A on tissue regeneration in axolotl salamanders, winning 2nd place at the area science symposium.

I would recommend students do everything that they are honestly passionate about. Seriously, don't do volunteer work if you don't honestly like it-colleges can see through that. Find what you're passionate about, and do it. Getting good grades helps, but the effort is most important. If you work hard at whatever you do, that will shine through in your essays (which are very important, especially for Brown). College applicants who have been dreaming of that one special college since 7th grade and doing all the cookie-cutter activities to get in will soon realize that being uniquely passionate and cultivating an iron-hard work ethic are not only the most important things in the college admissions process--they are the most important things in life.
Lastly, if you get rejected from a school, it will hurt. It will hurt especially if you get rejected from your dream school (or schools). Try to remember that one's education depends almost completely on the person, not the school. Schools can provide opportunities, but it is up to the student to take them. Make the most of any opportunities that come your way, because that is what will separate you.

And finally, there are only 3 schools you should ever think about picking over Brown for undergraduate study: Princeton, Yale, and Stanford (again, just my opinion)
ACT: 34 SAT: 2300 Male

I wrote anJan 29 2010Economics
I wrote an essay about my philosophy regarding learning. I was aware of Brown's interdisciplinary nature, but I wrote the essay based on personal beliefs which happened to match the positive-discovery oriented-and independent approach to education at Brown.
Clearly, good grades, scores, involvement, passion, etcApr 04 2009Other
Clearly, good grades, scores, involvement, passion, etc. are important.
Selectivity is so great that your best bet is to do what you love, do it as well as you can, be proactive, and be honest in your application (ie: write an essay you like, even if it might not be "what they're looking for"). No one knows what they look for, so you may as well present yourself honestly and hope that that does the trick!
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