The Ivy Coach Daily

April 6, 2020

Brown University Class of 2024 Admissions Statistics

We anticipate Brown will admit more students off of its waitlist this year than any year in history (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

Decisions are out for the Brown University Class of 2024. As our readers may remember, Brown was largely an aberration among America’s highly selective colleges this past Early cycle with applications up to an all-time record (4,562 applications were received) and its Early Decision admit rate down to its lowest in history at 17.5%. So did Brown University continue to defy the odds and set new admissions benchmarks in the Regular Decision round? We know you’ve been having trouble sleeping at night, wondering about the answer to this very question. So wonder no more!

Brown’s Regular Decision Round Does Not Set New Benchmarks

Not so much. And, hey, if you had been religiously reading our blog, you would have already known the answer to this query. As we previously reported, Brown received 36,592 applications to its Class of 2024, a figure that is inclusive of Early Decision and Regular Decision applications. As Brown received 4,562 ED applications this year, by our math this means that the school received 32,030 RD applications. For the Class of 2023, Brown received 34,444 RD applications and a grand total of 38,674 applications between the two cycles. Applications to Brown this year were thus down by a margin of 5% for the total applicant pool. For the RD applicant pool, applications dropped by a margin of 7%.

And how did Brown’s RD cycle go? As Will Kubzansky reports for The Brown Daily Herald in a piece entitled “Brown admits 6.9 percent of applicants amid COVID-19 crisis,” “The University admitted 1,732 students to the class of 2024, bringing this year’s overall acceptance rate to 6.9 percent, according to Dean of Admission Logan Powell. The regular decision acceptance rate rose to 5.2 percent from 4.8 percent for the class of 2023.”

Breakdown of the Brown Class of 2024 Admits

As Kubzansky writes in his Brown Daily Herald piece, “Fifty-five percent of the students admitted in regular decision identify as students of color, compared to 44 percent of students admitted early decision in December 2019. Outside of the United States, China, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and the United Kingdom topped the countries represented in the class. Seventy percent of students admitted regular decision applied for financial aid, while 62 percent of students admitted early decision applied…18 percent of admitted students are first-generation college students. The University admitted 88 students to the Program in Liberal Medical Education out of 2,530 applicants, and 20 students to the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program from a pool of 725 applicants.”

On This Year’s Brown Waitlist

As we have been suggesting in post after post, we believe many of our nation’s elite colleges waitlisted more students than ever before — in some cases, we believe they waitlisted as many students as they admitted this year — due to all the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. Will international students be able to matriculate next year? Will America’s own citizens choose to take a gap year? It all remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: there is uncertainty surrounding the yield of the incoming class at each of America’s highly selective universities this year. It’s why we have asserted that our nation’s top universities will likely be going deeper into their waitlists this year, admitting more students out of limbo than ever before.

Brown’s Dean of Admissions Logan Powell has now backed up our assertion. As Kubzansky in his piece for The Brown Daily Herald, “To keep the size of the class consistent with past years at 1,665 students, the University may accept more students than it usually does off of its waitlist, Powell said. Additionally, the University gave out a ’slightly larger’ number of waitlist offers to give the admissions department ’flexibility’ if they need to accept more students, Powell added. The waitlist, he predicted, will have roughly 800 active students this year. In recent years, the University has admitted anywhere between two to 300 students off of the waitlist, The Herald previously reported. ’This year is more unpredictable than any we’ve had in recent memory,’ he said. ’We understand that this may be a different year in terms of enrollment patterns. It may be that more students decide to take a year off, and if that’s the case, then there may be more waitlist activity.’”

If you were waitlisted at Brown and wish to give yourself the best possible shot of admission, fill out Ivy Coach’s free consult form, indicate Brown waitlist at the bottom, and we’ll be in touch.

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