Admissions Decisions

We review applications holistically. When determining admissibility, we look at a number of factors including academic performance, motivation, interests and English language proficiency. Please review information about admission decisions below.

Rolling Admissions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until courses reach capacity. In most cases, you will be informed of an admission decision within 15 business days of Brown University’s Pre-College Program receiving your completed application.

Viewing Your Decision Letter

You will receive an email once a decision has been made, prompting you to log in to your student portal to view your admission decision.

Admitted Students

If admitted, you will be eligible to enroll in courses within any academic program as long as you meet the academic program’s minimum eligibility requirements and the course’s prerequisites. Please reference individual academic program pages for eligibility requirements and course descriptions for prerequisites. 

Please note: Admission to Brown University’s Pre-College Program does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course or academic program of study. Enrollment in a course or academic program is a separate action that must be completed once an applicant is admitted to Brown Pre-College.


Not all applicants who apply will be admitted. As the admissions team wants to ensure students are successful in Brown University’s Pre-College Program, in addition to academic performance, applicants may be denied admission if: 

  • We have concerns about your English language proficiency (for students whose primary language is not English).
  • You don’t meet minimum eligibility requirements for any academic program.
  • It was found in our review that any portion of your application, such as your essay, was plagiarized or not completed independently. 
  • Students or their families do not abide by the first two policies within the Pre-College Code of Conduct.

Invitation to Language in Context: English

As part of our holistic application review process, we may make note that, based on your English language proficiency, you are better suited to study in a subset of Summer@Brown courses, which provide additional English language support while enabling students to engage with rigorous curriculum. If this occurs, you may be invited to join these Language in Context: English courses that can best prepare you for University studies in the United States.

Enrollment Next Steps

If admitted, you must confirm your attendance by enrolling in your course(s) of interest. Admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course or academic program. You must submit the $300 non-refundable deposit in order to enroll in a course. We recommend you consult our Course Catalog prior to submitting your non-refundable deposit to review course availability as well as age and grade level requirements.