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Rank: 59

Brown University

Providence, RIwww.brown.edu
This Ivy League school boasts a graduation rate of 96% and gives students an unusual amount of academic freedom -- the only course requirement is that they take at least one writing class by the end of sophomore year. 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 majors. Brown students can expect a lot of personalized attention, with student-faculty ratio of 7 to 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 $63,000 annually. 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 is not bad.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$72,800
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,100
Average price for low-income students
$5,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
9%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1470/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,390
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$8,704
student success
Graduation rate
96%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$63,000
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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