Updated Dec. 11 at 8:45 p.m.
The University accepted 20 percent of early decision applicants to the class of 2019, admitting 617 students to the largest early decision class since the program was instated for the class of 2006, wrote Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73 in an email to The Herald.
The 20 percent early admission rate is higher than in recent years — 18.9 percent of early applicants were admitted to the class of 2018 and a record-low 18.5 percent of early applicants were admitted to the class of 2017.
Out of the 3,016 total early decision applicants this year, 1,968 were deferred to regular decision and 408 were denied admission.
The early decision applicants to the class of 2019 comprised the “strongest ED pool we have ever had,” Miller wrote.
The Program in Liberal Medical Education accepted 18 students, the same number as in the last early decision cycle, Miller wrote.
Recruited athletes account for 26 percent of the early decision class, marking a small dip from the last admission cycle, when athletes accounted for 28 percent of the class, Miller wrote.
Racial minorities account for 31 percent of the admitted class — a slight rise from the last admission cycle, when 30 percent of early admits identified as racial minority students.
Forty-six percent of admitted students applied for financial aid.
Approximately 58 percent of early admits are female, while approximately 42 percent are male.
Admitted students hail from 43 states and 31 nations. New York, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the most represented states in that order, Miller wrote. China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, France and India are the best-represented foreign countries.
The mid-Atlantic region accounts for 24 percent of the admitted class, New England accounts for 21 percent, the Mountain and Pacific states account for 19 percent, the South accounts for 12 percent and the Midwest accounts for 9 percent. The remaining 15 percent of students are international.
“It feels amazing to get into Brown. … It feels like such a relief to find out,” said Katie Hammaker '19 of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, who received a “likely” letter earlier this year as a recruit to the field hockey team.
“I decided to apply ED after visiting the school,” she added. “When I visited, everyone was so nice and willing to share what they liked about Brown.”
Mark Hocevar '19 of Perry, Ohio, said he felt a "connection (he) didn't feel at any other school" during his three visits to Brown. "It's the whole package you're looking for in a college."
An admit to the Program in Liberal Medical Education, Hocevar said he plans to concentrate in cognitive neuroscience before attending Alpert Medical School. He said he is also interested in participating in robotics research and taking Hispanic studies courses.
- With additional reporting by Eben Blake
Updated Dec. 11 at 8:45 p.m.