Undergraduate Admission

Integrity in the Application Process

The Common Application requires each student to affirm that their application provides an accurate representation of their personal narrative, accomplishments, academic and extracurricular work. The statement students are asked to acknowledge is as follows:

I certify that all information submitted in the admission process — including this application and any other supporting materials — is my own work, factually true, and honestly presented, and that these documents will become the property of the institution to which I am applying and will not be returned to me. I understand that I may be subject to a range of possible disciplinary actions, including admission revocation, expulsion, or revocation of course credit, grades, and degree should the information I have certified be false.

In the spirit of this statement, and as part of our ongoing effort to deter application fraud, the Office of College Admission verifies a small number of credentials each year for a randomly selected sample of admitted students who have chosen to matriculate at Brown. The verification process is straightforward, with school counselors being asked to confirm a few selected factors as reported on the application for each student included in the sample group. Requests are sent to counselors in late May with a July response deadline.

While only a small percentage of students are considered in the verification process each year, it is important to note that those who are designated need not worry. There is no particular concern regarding honesty in these randomly selected cases. This process is intended to ensure the continued integrity of the admission process through proactive verification to deter admission fraud. 

Disciplinary and Criminal History Questions

During our initial round of admission application reviews, Brown will suppress student responses to both the disciplinary and criminal history questions.

Only after selecting a pool of admitted candidates will we review responses to these two questions. With this approach, information on disciplinary actions can inform, but not determine, admission decisions. This ensures that applicants are evaluated on their academic profile, extracurricular pursuits and potential fit, while also enabling us to continue to review this potentially important information.