Last year Brown switched from an early action to an early
decision policy. This year, Brown initiated a new policy of
not allowing early applicants to apply to early action
schools. Previously, a student could have applied to early
action schools like Harvard and Georgetown universities, but
they would have been obligated to withdraw those applications
if they were admitted to Brown.
Brown's new need-blind admission policy did not drastically
alter the number of applicants accepted early decision or the
makeup of the class of 2007 so far. Early decision applicants
who applied fall of 2002 were the first to be considered under
a completely need-blind policy.
The total number of early applications decreased by 55,
from 1,918 last year to 1,863. Of those applications, 76 were
from African American students, and 80 were from Latinos, an
increase among both groups of 15 percent from last year. The
number of Native American applicants more than doubled, and
the number of Asian American applications stayed the same as
last year. Asian Americans made up 12 percent of the applicant
The decline in applications came mostly in international
students and the major pockets on the East and West coasts,
New York, Los Angeles, where we saw declines of 25 or 30
percent. There was also an increase in the percent of
applicants who are male. Last year it was 38 percent, this
year it's 42 percent.
Twenty-six percent of students who applied early this year
were accepted - the same percentage that was accepted last
This percentage tied Brown with Columbia University for the
third lowest acceptance rate in the Ivy League of the seven
schools that reported this information.
The only notable shift this year was the slight increase in
the number of minorities who applied and the percentage that
Specific ethnic and racial breakdown of the early admission
pool will not be available before all members of the class of
2007 have been accepted in May 2003.
The increase in minority applicants can be attributed to
President Simmons' new academic enrichment initiatives and the
University's improved commitment to financial aid. Admission
officers were also pleased with the new initiatives,
especially the need-blind policy, he said. Officers always
felt some guilt in the past about having to turn people away
for financial reasons.
Brown saw an increase in applications this year.
Applications received totaled 15,153, up from 14,612 last
year. Two hundred fewer offers were extended than in previous
years, with 2,258 people - or 14.9 percent of applicants -
Twenty-two percent of applicants who applied early decision
were accepted and 13 percent who applied regular decision were
accepted. 1,400 admitted students are expected to matriculate.
Those admitted to the Class of 2007 reflected an increase
in the number of students planning to pursue a bachelor of
science degree. Twenty-nine percent reported interest in
pursuing the sciences, compared to 27.5 percent in the Class
The resulting class shows subtle increases in racial,
ethnic and economic diversity. Students of color comprise 35
percent of the student body, as compared to 33 percent of the
Class of 2006.
Among those admitted to the Class of 2007, 62 percent of
students were offered financial aid, as compared to 56 percent
the year before. The male-to-female ratio remains slightly
tipped: 47 percent of those accepted are male and 53 percent
Geographic distributions are largely the same as those from
last year. California contributes the greatest number of
admitted students with 13 percent, closely followed by New
York with 12 percent and the combined input of Rhode Island
and Connecticut with 9 percent. International students
comprise 11 percent of those accepted.
North Dakota is the only state without a representative in
the Class of 2007.
NEW NEED BLIND POLICY
Brown University became the final Ivy League university to
adopt a need-blind admissions policy this year, as Brown
President Ruth J. Simmons presented the University Corporation
with a new proposal entitled, "Proposal for Academic
A need-blind admissions policy means that Brown will admit
students without consideration of their ability to pay. Once
students are admitted, the University will make the final
decision as to how much aid the student will receive.
Currently, Brown admits 90 percent of each class of
students on a need-blind basis. The remaining ten percent are
admitted with some attention paid to finances.
Brown's new admissions policy will begin with the class of
2007. The admissions rule will not apply to international
students. According to the Brown admissions office, nine
percent of students at the University are international
Brown will not require students receiving financial aid to
work in their first year on campus. In order to pay for the
need-blind admissions rule, charges for undergraduates at
Brown will increase 4.6 percent to $36,356 for the next
academic year. In addition, the University plans to draw money
from its endowment.
The need blind admissions policy was included as part of a
larger proposal developed by the University Corporation.
Additional decisions made by the university included adding as
many as 100 new faculty members in the next five to ten years,
increasing support for graduate students and investing more
money in the university's libraries, academic space and
Brown will increase its annual budget to $36 million. The
budget is expected to spend $78 million over the next three
years. The university's budget will be considered by the
Corporation at its last meeting of the year in May 2003.