Admission rate drops to record low of 13.5 percent

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Brown accepted 13.5 percent of applicants this year out of a record 19,044 applications – the “lowest admit rate in our history,” said Dean of Admission James Miller ’73.

Of the 2,577 admitted students, 523 were accepted early decision, and the remaining 2,054 were accepted in the regular admission cycle. Regular admission decisions were accessible online last Thursday afternoon. The Office of Admission is aiming to matriculate a class of 1,485 students.

Students of color made up a record-breaking 41 percent of the admitted class, up from 39 percent last year. 53 percent of the admitted class is female.

“We had a pretty big increase in the number of first-generation (college) students,” Miller said. “We’re very excited about the socioeconomic composition of the class. The fact that we’re able to attract a large number of first-generation college students is wonderful.” First-generation students represent 15 percent of this year’s admitted class, as compared to 12 percent last year.

California had the most admitted students of any state, narrowly beating out New York for the first time. Brown admitted students from all 50 states and from 68 countries, up from 62 countries last year.

The largest contingent of admitted international students comes from China and Hong Kong, followed by Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore, in that order. International students made up 11 percent of the admitted class.

95 percent of admitted students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Valedictorians and salutatorians comprise 20 percent of the admitted class, though most students come from high schools that do not rank students.

“It’s another really impressive class and another very difficult year to make decisions,” Miller said. “In terms of academic credentials, it’s as strong or stronger than any class we’ve admitted.”

Engineering remained the most popular intended major.

59 percent of admitted applicants were from public schools, 28 percent were from private schools and the remaining students were from parochial schools or schools that did not designate a status. Miller noted that the proportion of admitted students from private schools decreased slightly this year.

With its 13.5 percent acceptance rate, Brown’s acceptance rank remained in the middle of other Ivy League schools. Acceptance rates dropped to record lows at every Ivy League school except Yale. Harvard admitted 9 percent of its pool of 22,955, the lowest among Ivy schools this year. After Harvard, Princeton had the second lowest acceptance rate at 9.5 percent, slightly below Yale’s rate of 9.6 percent.

Other schools’ rates lingered above the single digits. Stanford University admitted 10.3 percent, while Columbia University admitted 10.4 percent. Dartmouth College admitted 15 percent of its applicant pool, and University of Pennsylvania admitted 15.9 percent.