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Your Chances at Brown
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Your Chances at Brown
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Men
Women
# Applicants
11,664
17,255
# Admitted
1,328
1,326
% Admitted
11.4%
7.7%
% Overall
9.2%

Students who got into Brown:

Tips mention: Interview (4), ACT/SAT (20), Grades (30), Sports/Extracurriculars (18), College Essay (24)
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 was recruited forAug 01 2010Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
I was recruited for sports. However, I did have a great GPA. I think Brown looks for passionate individuals so it's important to pursue what you enjoy and show commitment whether it is sports, art, writing, politics, etc. Excelling in the classroom is obviously important, but not all of it.
Female
I think I got in as part of theDec 08 2008Undecided
I think I got in as part of the Christian conservative diversity quota. I wrote my essay about being different, and I was accepted. I also had a 4.0 and good SAT's, but my extracurriculars were unimpressive.
SAT: 1510 Female
I playedMay 14 2008Unknown
I played sports and had high test scores. Public service is also important.
ACT: 32 SAT: 1490 Male
Brown is extremely difficult to get into -- atOct 14 2007History/Histories (art history/etc.)
Brown is extremely difficult to get into -- at minimum, you need a competitive SAT score, a solid high school GPA, lots of difficult high school courses (think mostly honors / AP classes), and good extracurricular activities that show your passions. Of course, there are exceptions -- if you're a recruited athlete, legacy, underrepresented racial minority, geographical minority (think, applicant from Alaska, Wyoming), first in your family to go to college, etc. the bar is definitely lower.

Overall though, regardless of if you fall into one of those categories, it's extremely important to have a passion and be able to convey that in your application. Brown likes self-starters, passionate people, people who have an idea of what they want to do in college and can articulate how they'll accomplish their goals at Brown in particular. Because there are so many applicants, it's really a crapshoot beyond that, but just presenting yourself as someone passionate to something and who would benefit from the unique type of a school that Brown is (academic flexibility, departments that are strong here, etc.), you'll definitely have a better chance of getting in.
SAT: 1520 Female

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