Brown University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$59,254
3.75% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$27,659
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.821%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
7.67%
36,793 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
9,948
96.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
95.3%
1,484 Graduates

About

Brown University is a higher education institution located in Providence County, RI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Brown University were Computer Science (229 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (190 degrees), and General Applied Mathematics (168 degrees).

In 2020, 3,269 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Brown University. 51.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,351 degrees), 3.01 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (449 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Brown University is $59,254, which is $30,625 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Brown University is $59,254, which is $30,625 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,659.

In 2020, 46% of undergraduate students attending Brown University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 12% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$59,254
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Brown University was $59,254. The cost of tuition at Brown University is $30,625 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$27,659
2020 Value
1.62%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Brown University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,659. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Brown University grew by 1.62%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,332
Room and Board
$1,632
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Brown University was of $15,332 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,632. The cost of room and board increased by 4.51% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.32% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

46%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
12%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

46% of undergraduate students at Brown University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 46% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.821%
2018 Default Rate
7
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Brown University was 0.821%, which represents 7 out of the 853 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Brown University received 36,793 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.86% annual decline. Out of those 36,793 applicants, 2,822 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 7.67% acceptance rate.

There were 9,948 students enrolled at Brown University in 2020, and 71% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Brown University has an overall enrollment yield of 62.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

7.67%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,822
Accepted Out of 36,793

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Brown University was 7.67% (2,822 admissions from 36,793 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 7.07%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −4.86%, while admissions grew by 3.26%.

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SAT Scores

71%
Submission Percentage
1,239
Scores Submitted

71% of enrolled first-time students at Brown University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Brown University has a total enrollment of 9,948 students. The full-time enrollment at Brown University is 9,613 students and the part-time enrollment is 335. This means that 96.6% of students enrolled at Brown University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Brown University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39% White, 15.8% Asian, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 7.04% Black or African American, 5.39% Two or More Races, 0.312% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.131% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Brown University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (21.8%), followed by White Female (19.8%) and Asian Female (9.99%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (18.3%), followed by White Male (17.3%) and Asian Female (5.59%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Brown University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,948 students. The full-time enrollment at Brown University is 9,613 and the part-time enrollment is 335. This means that 96.6% of students enrolled at Brown University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Brown University was 92%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Brown University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,880
  2. Asian
    1,569
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,019

The enrolled student population at Brown University is 39% White, 15.8% Asian, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 7.04% Black or African American, 5.39% Two or More Races, 0.312% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.131% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 93 more women than men received degrees from Brown University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Brown University is white (1,351 degrees awarded). There were 3.01 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (449 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Brown University is Computer Science (229 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (190 degrees) and General Applied Mathematics (168 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Brown University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (225 degrees), and Physical Sciences (165 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Brown University are Elementary & middle school teachers (225,522 people), Postsecondary teachers (221,390 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (187,770 people), Other managers (174,937 people), and Secondary school teachers (142,618 people).

The most specialized majors at Brown University are Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (225 degrees), Physical Sciences (165 degrees), History (97 degrees), and English (149 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Brown University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Clinical and counseling psychologists, and Computer hardware engineers

The most specialized majors at Brown University are Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (225 degrees), Physical Sciences (165 degrees), History (97 degrees), and English (149 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Brown University are Elementary & secondary schools (485,831 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (404,263 people), Computer Systems Design (177,967 people), Legal services (151,928 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (142,090 people).

The most specialized majors at Brown University are Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (225 degrees), Physical Sciences (165 degrees), History (97 degrees), and English (149 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Brown University.
Most Common
  1. 229 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 190 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 168 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Brown University was Computer Science with 229 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,588
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,681
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,588 degrees were awarded to men at Brown University, which is 0.945 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,681).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 214 degrees were awarded to men at Brown University in Computer Science, which is 1.63 times more than the 131 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 131 degrees were awarded to women at Brown University in Computer Science, which is 0.612 times less than the 214 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

85%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 85% of students graduating from Brown University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 95% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 96% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (97.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Brown University is Female and White (97.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.45% of graduates (66 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,351 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    449 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    350 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Brown University is white (1,351 degrees awarded). There were 3.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (449 degrees).

5.45% of degree recipients (178 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    691 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    660 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    235 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Brown University is white male (691 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (660 degrees).

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Operations

Brown University has an endowment valued at nearly $4.38B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $482M (11%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Brown University had a total salary expenditure of $1.03B. Brown University employs 404 Professors, 156 Associate professors, and 138 Assistant professors. Most academics at Brown University are Male Professors (299), Female Professors(105), and Male Associate professors (90).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Brown University are: Management, with 499 employees, Service, with 472 employees, and Research with 432 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.38B
2020 Endowment
10.1%
growth from 2019

Brown University has an endowment valued at about $4.38B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Brown University grew 10.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.08B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $187M - Federal
  2. $180k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Brown University received $187M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $180k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$422M
2020 Salaries
4.77%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Brown University paid a median of $422M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($1.03B) and a 4.77% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.94% growth from 2018 and a 5.2% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$126M
Instructional Salaries
858
Number of Employees

In 2020, Brown University paid a total of $126M to 858 employees working as instructors, which represents 30% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
404 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
499 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Brown University were Professor with 404 employees; Associate professor with 156 employees; and Associate professor with 138 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Brown University were Management with 499 employees; Service with 472 employees; and Research with 432 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Brown University was Male Professor with 299 employees, Female Professor with 105 employees, and Male Associate professor with 90 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Brown University.

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