Brown University (RI)

Brown University (RI)

Common Application   



Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016 

Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated in our Member Section, earlier in this application? If you are “undecided” or not sure which Brown concentrations match            your interests, consider describing more generally the academic topics or modes of thought that engage you currently. (150 word limit)

l   Some schools offer students the opportunity to take national exams in areas such as math and language. These exams include, but are not limited to, AIME, AMC 10, Le Grand          Concours, National Spanish Exam, National Latin Exams. If you have taken any of these exams (or any other subject-based national or international examinations), please inform          us of the exams and scores you find most meaningful. (250 characters)

l   Tell us where you have lived - and for how long - since you were born; whether you've always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places. (100 word limit)

l   We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. (150 word limit)

l   Why Brown? (200 word limit)

Complete the Science/Engineering statements if you have indicated an interest in Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics or Physics. 

l   For students interested in Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics or Physics Because you have expressed an interest in Chemistry, Computer Science,              Geology, Mathematics or Physics, we would like to know a bit more about you. Please limit your total response to 500 words. 

1.       Many applicants to college are unsure about eventual majors. What factors led you to your interest? What experiences beyond school work have broadened your interest?             (Feel free to elaborate on one of your previous responses.) 

2.       What concept in your anticipated major were you most proud of mastering? 

3.       Briefly describe the course(s) you have taken relating to your chosen field.

l   For students interested in Engineering (Limit your total response to the following 3 questions to 500 words.)

1.       Many applicants to college are unsure about eventual majors. What factors led you to your interest in Engineering? (Feel free to elaborate on one of your earlier responses.) 

2.       What experiences beyond school work have broadened your interest?

3.       Brown offers ABET accredited programs in Biomedical, Chemical and Biochemical, Computer, Electrical, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering. Aerospace, Environmental,       and Structural Engineering can also be pursued within the six core ABET accredited disciplines. Other options include: Sc.B. Civil/Environmental Engineering, Sc.B.                   Engineering /Physics, A.B. Engineering. (Students entering with the Class of 2017 and beyond who seek to specialize in civil or structural engineering will also have                  available a new structural mechanics track within the accredited mechanical engineering that will accommodate their interests.) Since there is a common core curriculum             within Engineering, students need not select a specific area until their junior year. We are curious to know, however, if any particular program within Engineering presently         appeals to you. If so, please discuss that choice.

Complete special programs statements only if you are applying to the 8 year Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) or the five year Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program (BRDD).

l   For students applying to The Program in Liberal Medical Education (Both questions are required; please limit your response to each question to 500 words.) 

1.       Most high school seniors are unsure about eventual career choices. What experiences have led you to consider medicine as your future profession? Please describe                   specifically why you have chosen to apply to the Program in Liberal Medical Education in pursuit of your career in medicine. Also, be sure to indicate your rationale on how         the PLME is a “good fit” for your personal, academic, and future professional goals. (Please limit your response to this question to 500 words.) 

2.       Since the Program in Liberal Medical Education espouses a broad-based liberal education, please describe your fields of interest in both the sciences and the liberal arts.             Be specific about what courses and aspects of the program will be woven into a potential educational plan. (Please limit your response to this question to 500 words.)

l   For students applying to the Brown-RISD Five Year Dual Degree Program

In choosing to apply for the Brown-RISD A.B./B.F.A. dual degree program, your interests and future plans will be influenced and enhanced by the courses offered by both colleges. We are curious as to why you have chosen to apply for this specific dual degree program; please tell us your reasons for selecting it, and what you envision as its impact on your education and career. (500 word limit)


Documents Required:

  • A completed Common Application with Brown Supplement
  • $75 Application Fee or Waiver
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Final Report 
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • International Student Supplement

Other Information:Address: 

Address: Brown University

               Office of College Admission
               45 Prospect Street
               Box 1876
               Providence, RI 02912

Phone: 401-863-2378
FAX: 401-863-9300 
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 3094
ACT Code: 3800