As we’re now just days away from Early Decision and Early Action notifications being released, we figured it’s high time we report the Brown Early Decision application numbers for the Class of 2020. In all, about 3,000 students submitted Early Decision applications to the university in Providence, Rhode Island. And if ‘about’ 3,000 means 3,000 (we’re not sure), it marks a slight drop from last year’s Early Decision pool of 3,016 students. The 3,016 students who applied via Early Decision to be members of the Class of 2019 marked the second largest Early Decision pool in Brown’s history — second only to the Class of 2018, which had 3,088 Early Decision applicants. While it’s not the trend Brown wants, this flight fluctuation is meaningless if you ask us.
Brown’s Early Decision application numbers for the Class of 2020 were about the same as last year’s figures.
According to an article on the Brown Class of 2020 Early Decision numbers, “The Brown Daily Herald,” “If this year’s regular decision pool remains on trend with previous years, the overall pool will likely be similar to last year’s 30,397 applicants. Early decision represents about 10 percent of our overall applicants,” [Jim] Miller, [Brown’s Dean of Admission], said. This year’s application was slightly shorter than that of previous years, as applicants had to write fewer supplements, he said. Miller estimated that 170 athletes applied early decision this year — a number consistent with previous years, he said…Applicants hailing from abroad make up 16 percent of the applicant pool. The highest numbers of international applicants came from China, Korea, India, the United Kingdom and Singapore, in that order. Applicants from the South, Midwest, Mountain states and Central states make up 13, 8, 2 and 1 percent of the applicant pool, respectively. Twenty percent of applicants come from New England, and 14 percent are from California.”
And for Brown’s PLME program, applications were down significantly. 250 students applied for the PLME program (Program in Liberal Medical Education) this year as compared to 410 last year, 409 the year before, 374 the year before that, and 417 for the Class of 2016. And why the drop in applications for the PLME program? That answer is a simple one. In years prior, if students didn’t get admitted to the PLME program in Early Decision, they weren’t required to attend Brown if admitted in Early Decision. This year, even if students didn’t earn admission to the PLME program, their Early Decision application to the university is binding. So it’s quite logical why fewer students would apply to the program. And this change in and of itself can account for the very slight drop in overall Early Decision applications to the university this fall.