Frequently asked questions about transfer admission
By March 1 transfer applicants must have submitted the Transfer Common Application and the application essay questions specific to Brown. Brown admits transfer applicants in two cohorts: one group will enroll at Brown in the following fall semester and another group will enter in the following spring semester. Although there are two possible semesters of entry, there is only one transfer admission process per year, and the deadline to submit the transfer application every year is March 1.
To be eligible for transfer admission you must have completed at least one full year of college study (or its equivalent) before your planned matriculation at Brown. Both part-time and full-time students at accredited two- and four-year colleges may seek transfer admission.
University rules stipulate that anyone admitted as a transfer must be enrolled full-time at Brown for at least four semesters prior to earning their undergraduate degree. For this reason we discourage (but do not forbid) transfer applications from students who will have accrued more than four semesters of college work prior to their enrollment at Brown. We only admit transfers with more than four semesters of completed college work in rare circumstances.
Students who are currently pursuing a dual enrollment program or an early admission program should apply to Brown as freshman applicants.
Generally speaking most liberal arts courses taken at other colleges and universities are transferable to Brown. More specifically, Brown will transfer credit for courses at other colleges that are similar to courses offered in our own curriculum. If you are wondering which of your classes may receive credit you should peruse Brown's online Course Search to see if the University offers a similar course. Brown will not award transfer credit for correspondence courses, online courses, courses taken during summer programs, or for courses that were taken as part of a dual enrollment curriculum. Brown also will not award transfer credit for AP test scores.
The University will not evaluate transferable credit prior to acceptance. Transferable credit is determined after a student enrolls. When an applicant is accepted, their acceptance letter will include information about the semester level at which they will enter (first-semester sophomore, second-semester sophomore or first-semester junior), but the number of transferable courses will not be determined until the College has access to an admitted applicant's final college transcript (typically in the summer for fall admits, or winter for spring admits) before they enroll.
The application deadline for transfer admission is March 1. You will receive a decision in early May.
If the transfer application fee constitutes a financial hardship we will accept a signed letter from an official at your current college as a fee waiver. The letter should be sent to Brown’s Office of College Admission by a dean, academic advisor or financial aid officer at your current college. The letter should be on your current college’s letterhead, it should be hand-signed by the college official and it should explain, briefly, why the application fee constitutes a financial hardship.
We offer limited financial aid for transfer applicants and are need-aware when making decision on transfer applications. Students who feel that they may require financial assistance during their time at Brown should apply for financial aid when they make their initial application for transfer admission. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information regarding financial aid at Brown.
Applicants can satisfy our testing requirement with either (1) the redesigned SAT (The essay section of the SAT is optional), or (2) the ACT (The writing section of the ACT is optional). This applies to both domestic and international applicants. Only one group of applicants are permitted to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores: American citizens or U.S. permanent residents applying from domestic community colleges, junior colleges or two-year colleges.
Lastly, international applicants to the college who do not have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency must also submit the results of the TOEFL or the IELTS when they apply.
If you wish to use the official test scores that you submitted with a prior application, then you do not need to resend those scores.
If you are accomplished in music, you may include additional supplements with your application in the Common Application, through SlideRoom. You do not need to wait for access to your Brown Applicant Portal to upload music to SlideRoom.
When submitting through SlideRoom, Transfer material submission deadline is March 15.
Please note: SlideRoom only accepts one submission; if submitting two, you will need to sign up with a second email account.
Transfer candidates must submit two letters of recommendation from college instructors or teaching assistants. If you are planning to pursue a Sc.B. degree, it is recommended that one of these recommendations be from a science or math instructor.
In addition to an official transcript showing courses in progress, you must submit an official transcript(s) and final grades from all previous college coursework. If necessary, an interim unofficial transcript of current work may be submitted. However, a final and official transcript will still be required before you are permitted to enroll at Brown.
We require that you have your high school mail us an official copy of your final high school transcript. We recommend, but do not require, that transfer applicants also have their high school counselor send us a completed copy of the Common Application School Report.
We require that your high school send us an official copy of your high school transcript. We recommend, but do not require, a copy of your Final Report (which is typically completed by your high school counselor).
The Transfer Application, Instructor Evaluations, College Report, Mid-Term Report, College Transcript, Final High School Transcript and appropriate standardized testing results are all required. While we may evaluate an application with missing credentials, the most competitive applications will be from those who have submitted all required materials.
We require an official high school transcript regardless of where you attended high school, and we require that the official transcript be sent to us either by your original high school or by your current college. We will not accept transcripts that are sent to us by an applicant directly. We recommend that you ask your original high school to send us a Final Report as well, but it is not required.
No. Interviews are not offered for transfer applicants.