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Rank: 72

Brown University

Providence, RIhttps://www.brown.edu
This Ivy League school boasts a graduation rate of 95% and gives students an unusual amount of academic freedom -- the only course requirement is they must take at least two writing classes. Otherwise, undergrads can choose whatever courses they like at Brown or just down College Hill at the Rhode Island School of Design. Grades are optional, too -- any class can be taken satisfactory/no credit, which essentially amounts to pass/fail. And students can design their own concentrations. Brown students can expect a lot of personalized attention with a student-faculty ratio of 7:1. The university has produced dozens of award-winning writers in fiction, journalism, and theater. Aside from liberal arts, Brown is known for strong science programs, especially in medicine, math, and computer sciences. Like its Ivy League companions, Brown claims an impressive list of alumni, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and CNN founder Ted Turner. In their first three years after school, recent grads make an average of $65,400 annually, according to data from PayScale. Among the highlights of the social calendar are the concert-filled Spring Weekend and the elegant Campus Dance on the main quad to kick off commencement weekend. And even though students call the main dining hall "The Ratty" -- it's short for Refectory -- the food isn't bad.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$74,200
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,400
Average price for low-income students
$5,340
admissions
Acceptance rate
8%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1490/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,670
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$8,458
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,130
Average salary within 3 years
$65,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
53%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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