Given the worldwide impact of novel coronavirus, we want to address some questions prospective Brown students and their families may have as they begin thinking about applying to college. We know this spring has been one of great disruption and difficulty for communities around the world. Our goal is to support prospective Brown students and their families during this unprecedented time as they begin the application process while simultaneously navigating the challenges of a global health crisis.
We recognize that standardized test schedules have been affected, and we fully appreciate that this has raised concerns for students. At this time, our advice is that students should do their best to prepare for the SAT or ACT — students should not feel pressure to take the test multiple times.
The College Board and ACT are working to provide testing options for the fall. At Brown, we will continue to monitor the availability of these tests and adjust our policies accordingly. Already, we’ve made adjustments based on the COVID-19 pandemic — current high school juniors are not expected to take Advanced Placement tests this spring. And current high school seniors who have been admitted to Brown are not expected to take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-Level or other national level exams.
Our standardized tests page has additional details about Brown’s testing policies, and information is available on the College Board and ACT websites about how the external testing agencies are managing the administering of the SAT and ACT tests, respectively, in light of COVID-19.
Changes to High School Curricula and Grading Policies
We also recognize that as classes move to virtual learning for many high schools, curricula and grading policies will change. While many students will now submit pass/fail or credit/no credit grades, it is important to note that no student will be penalized for choices made by their high school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We review every applicant's file holistically and in context. We want to see what you have accomplished with the resources and opportunities available to you in high school, as well as evaluate your potential to thrive within the unique offerings of Brown University.
Brown does not track demonstrated interest, and students who have been unable to visit campus this spring will face no disadvantage in the admissions process. We know by the very fact that you apply that you are seriously interested in Brown. And while our campus is currently closed to visitors, we encourage you to connect with Admission Officers and current students and experience Brown through our virtual campus tour.