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Applications rise by 8 percent for class of 2022

45 percent of students identify as people of color, up from 42 percent of last year’s applicants

University News Editor
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The University received a record-high 35,368 applicants for the class of 2022, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell. The applicant pool — which includes both early and regular decision applications —  is 8 percent larger than the class of 2021 pool, The Herald previously reported.

The group of applicants for the class of 2022 “was as strong as any pool in our history,” Powell wrote in an email to The Herald. “We continue to be humbled by the incredible talent and diversity of perspective represented in the applicant pool.”

The University saw an increase in applicants in several demographics. First generation applications increased by 13 percent from last year, according to Powell. They make up 18 percent of the applicant pool, which is one percent more than last year. Applicants identifying as students of color increased by 16 percent from last year, making up 45 percent of the applicant pool in comparison to 42 percent for the class of 2021.

Applicants come from all 50 states with California, New York and Massachusetts accounting for the most applicants, respectively. Applicants also hail from 149 other nations, with students from China, India and Canada submitting the most applications, respectively. 

Social sciences was the most popular category of intended concentrations, followed closely by physical sciences. Engineering was the most popular intended concentration, followed by biology and computer science.

Similar to the last application cycle, 60 percent of the applicants identify as female.

Regular decision results for the class of 2022 will be available March 28.


  1. Brown has regained itself as one of the top desirable ivies.

    • Comparative statistics are missing from this article. It might as well be a press release from Brown’s PR office.

      Early decision stats for the class of 2022 put Brown at a distant 7th amongst the Ivies.

      41,015 students applied to an Ivy League school early decision. Brown received the second lowest number of early decision applications, well behind Cornell, Columbia, and Penn. Only Dartmouth received fewer early applications from students with a revealed preference amongst Ivy league schools.

      Brown is a popular choice amongst students considering second tier private colleges. Brown’s reputation has been significantly damaged, and it continues to lose ground to schools like Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Rice, American University, Chicago, and Duke.

      • Browns early admit rate is on par with Columbia and Penn, and ahead of Dartmouth and Cornell. Browns overall admit rate last year was 8.3%, fifth in the ivies, and consistently ahead of Penn, Dartmouth, and Cornell, and most of the schools you mention.

        • Do you see how early decision admit rate is a less compelling stat than revealed preference amongst prospective Ivy League students?

          Do you see how the overall selectivity rate on its own doesn’t reveal what caliber of high school student is actually applying to and being accepted to Brown?

          Compare 2018 SAT score ranges:

          Brown: 1370 – 1570

          Chicago:1450-1600 / Vanderbilt:1420-1590 / Johns Hopkins:1400-1570 / Northwestern:1400-1560

          The administration (and the BDH) shouldn’t shy away from confronting these realities.

          • yeah but Brown admits have always been more unconventional than other schools when it comes to SAT scores etc. I don’t think the data you present indicate any kind of crisis situation. Brown is not “worse” or “trending down.” Brown is different. Was different. Will continue to be different. Will attract (and admit) different students than these cookie-cutter schools do.

          • Fair enough. A crisis of reputation is hard to measure.

      • “Brown’s reputation has been significantly damaged” In what way/ why do you think this is?

        • The best explanation of what has happened is made by Jonathan Haidt. If you search “Haidt Truth University” on YouTube, you’ll find a video of excerpts from his recent presentation ‘Universities Must Choose Between Truth or Social Justice.’ (~14min).

          This is the perception of Brown within the the world of its peer institutions.

          Though not a perfect benchmark, the US News rankings at least give some insight into the relative strengths of American universities. The list is also influential to a school’s reputation outside of academia.

          Brown was ranked 9th by US News the year I graduated. The University of Chicago was ranked 14th. In 2018, Chicago is ranked 3rd. Brown ranks 14th.

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