Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Uppers

  • Picturesque campus in Providence, R.I., near Boston
  • Small class size and low student-teacher ratio

Downers

  • Highly selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Brown University, located in the historic capital of Rhode Island, is a well-respected, longstanding research university known for its challenging academic programs and for giving students the freedom to create their own core curriculum.

Admissions

Getting in to Brown is extremely challenging, with an admission rate of about 9 percent. The school takes into account not only the quantifiable criteria, such as grades and test scores, but also considers how each applicant will contribute to and gain from Brown's undergraduate community....  

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