Information for Prospective Students

The Summer 2020 application is now closed. All students admitted to a Summer 2020 program will be eligible for priority access in Summer 2021. Priority access will include waiving next summer’s application fee, expedited application review, and first access to course registration.

How to Apply to Brown University’s Pre-College Programs

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Team looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, and self-motivation.

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following items:

  1. A Complete Application Form
    Parents/Guardians and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    All applications are submitted electronically within the Student Portal. The application form is where applicants will provide information about themselves, complete the essay requirement, input the name and email address of the teacher providing their recommendation (if applicable), and upload their transcript/most recent grade report.

  2. Essay
    All Pre-College Programs require applicants to submit a 250 - 500 word essay, responding to a unique essay prompt based on the program.

  3. A Non-Refundable Application Fee Paid securely by credit card within the application form.
    • Application fee when submitted on or before 3/1/2020: $50
    • Application fee when submitted on or after 3/2/2020: $75

  4. Transcript & Most Recent Grade Report
    Academic records must be submitted within the application. Official transcripts are not required, and they do not need to be submitted by a school guidance counselor.
    Applicants must submit grades from the 2019-2020 academic year in addition to grades from the past two academic years (2018-2019, 2017-2018). Grade submissions must be in English and contain the applicant’s full name and the academic term represented. Acceptable submissions may include, but are not limited to:
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Report card
    • Progress report
    • Marksheets
    • Screenshot of grades from a school portal (it must contain the applicant’s full name)
    • Narrative assessment
    Please include an explanation of the grading scale used by the school(s) if different from the U.S. grading system.

  5. Teacher Recommendation (if applicable)
    The following Pre-College Program requires a teacher recommendation:
    • The Pre-Baccalaureate Program

    If a teacher recommendation is required, applicants will be asked to provide the name and email address of a teacher within the application. Applicants must submit the name and email address of a teacher who can attest to the applicant’s social maturity and academic performance. Upon entering this information, an email containing a recommendation form will be sent to the provided teacher email address. We will only accept our recommendation form.

English Language Proficiency.

Detailed information on Brown’s expectations regarding English Language fluency can be found on the information page For International Students.
International students who don’t speak English as their primary language will be asked to submit one of the following as evidence of English language proficiency:

Duolingo Test - The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on demand, in under an hour. The test is taken online via a computer with a front-facing camera. The test includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample, which can be shared with the Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs at Brown University. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Important: Be sure to share your results with Brown University’s Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs, not Brown University Undergraduate Admission.

InitialView - InitialView is an unscripted, conversational format that helps us get to know you better, InitialView interviewers conduct a live interview and proctor an open-ended writing sample that provides applicants with a chance to demonstrate their interests and communication skills.

InitialView records the conversation and shares the entire video and writing sample with the Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs at Brown University for review by our Admissions Team. InitialView does not score or rate applicants.

Applicants complete the interview/writing sample using either a smartphone or a computer with a front-facing camera. InitialView materials are available in as little as 48 hours.

Important: Be sure to share your results with Brown University’s Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs, not Brown University Undergraduate Admission.

English Language Assessment Form - The English Language Assessment form provides an opportunity for the applicant's English language teacher to share their assessment of the applicant's English language proficiency. Applicants selecting this method as evidence of English language proficiency will provide the name and email address of their current English language teacher in their application. That teacher will be emailed and asked to submit an assessment of the applicant’s fluency.

Students for whom English is not their primary language but are United States citizens will only be asked to submit the English language assessment.

Please Note:

  • In some cases, supplemental application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations. Supplemental will be notified by email if additional information is required.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Team until they are complete.
  • Applicants are expected to abide by the Pre-College Code of Conduct which includes an expectation of academic integrity so that all application materials submitted must be the original work of the applicant.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.

Admission Decisions

Our Admissions Team carefully reviews each application submitted and, in most cases, makes decisions within 15 business days of receiving a complete application. An email will be sent to the applicant after a decision has been made. This email will prompt the applicant to log in to their Student Portal to view their admission decision.

In some instances, the team may decide that the applicant would be better suited for a different Brown Pre-College Program than the one they applied to. When this happens, students will receive an admission decision indicating that they were not admitted into their initial program choice, but are instead offered admission to an alternate program.

Important Note for Applicants Applying Before January 15th: Course registration will open on January 15. Applicants who submit complete applications by January 10 will receive their admission decision on January 14. Those who are accepted on January 14 will be among the first students eligible to pay their program deposit and register for courses.

Applicants with missing checklist requirements (please see the "Application Checklist") are not guaranteed an admission decision on January 14. After January 15, admission decisions will be released on a rolling basis.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to register for courses until a program deposit is received.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College Programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, deadlines for submitting documentation, visa information, and more on our International Students page.

For Pre-Baccalaureate Students: Please note that we must receive completed applications, including supporting material (e.g., teacher recommendation, evidence of English language proficiency), by April 13th, in order to ensure sufficient time to review applications, and, if admitted, process I-20 materials. If students currently hold valid F-1 status, or are Canadian, they may still be eligible to participate in the program after the deadline. Please email for more information.

Locations of Interest On and Near Campus

Some places students might want to visit while participating in a program at Brown are listed below:

Providence: Historic and Hip

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island, the state's capital and largest city. Known as the "Creative Capital", Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation. Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets surrounding Brown, as is evident in the immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian houses of "College Hill".

Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and where you’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors.

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