Application Checklist for First-Year Applicants
Application Checklist for First-Year Applicants
- Early Decision application deadline - November 1 (11:59 p.m. applicant's local time).
- Regular Decision application deadline - January 5 (11:59 p.m. applicant's local time).
- Complete your application via the Common Application.
- Brown’s supplemental essays are submitted through the Common Application.
- Submit the $75 application fee or a fee waiver.
- If you are applying to the eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) or the five-year Brown|Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program (BRDD) you must complete the special program essays.
- Transcript. An official copy of your high school transcript must be sent by your school counselor or school official.
- School Report. The School Report form is available through the Common Application website and must be completed and submitted by your school counselor or school official.
- Midyear School Report and Transcript. Due February 22 upon the completion of your first semester or second trimester of your final year of high school, the Midyear Report and Transcript can be submitted online through the Common Application by your guidance counselor or another school official. The Midyear Report includes information such as your GPA and class rank (if your school provides this information), and shares with us whether there have been any course changes or other updates since you have submitted your application. It is accompanied by a Midyear Transcript that includes your most recent available grades. If you are not given midyear grades or evaluations (e.g., home schooled students, some non-U.S. schools), please include a note explaining your circumstances under the “Additional Information” heading on the writing section of the Common Application.
- Counselor Recommendation. Please note that the School Report and Counselor Recommendation are separate items on the Common Application. Be sure to “invite” your school counselor to complete both items.
- Two Teacher Evaluations/Recommendations. Two letters of recommendation from teachers who have taught you in major academic subjects (science, social studies, mathematics, a foreign language or English) must be submitted through the Common Application or sent via email or fax. Material sent by email or fax should include the applicant's name, date of birth and high school. If sending letters by email, please send as a PDF attachment.
- Bachelor of Science and PLME Recommendations. If you are considering a concentration in a STEM field, or the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), at least one of your recommendations should come from a math or science teacher.
- Final School Report and Transcript. Due by July 1 for students who have chosen to matriculate at Brown, the Final School Report and Transcript should be submitted online through the Common Application by your guidance counselor or another school official. The Final School Report confirms your graduation date and alerts us of any course changes or other updates. The Final Transcript will include your final grades and confirm your successful completion of your secondary education.
- First Quarter/Trimester Grades. Early Decision applicants are required to have their counselor submit first quarter or trimester grades as soon as they are available. All applicants should have their school submit midyear or second trimester grades as soon as they are available.
- For first-year applicants in the 2021-2022 admission cycle, Brown has extended our test optional policy. This change is for the 2021-2022 academic year only. More updates and information can be found on our Standardized Tests webpage.
- If you are accomplished in music or visual art, 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 material to SlideRoom.
- Please note: SlideRoom only accepts one submission per email account; if submitting two, you will need to sign up with a second email account.
- When submitting through SlideRoom, you must create your SlideRoom account on or before November 1 for Early Decision and January 5 for Regular Decision. The Early Decision material submission deadline is November 4 and the Regular Decision material submission deadline is January 10.
- Early Decision application deadline: November 1 (11:59 p.m. applicant's local time)
- Early Decision letters available online: Mid December
- Regular Decision application deadline: January 5 (11:59 p.m. applicant's local time)
- Regular Decision letters available online: March 31
- Commitment deadline for Regular Decision candidates: May 2
Important Notes When Submitting Documents
- Applicants should submit the majority of their application using the Common Application website.
- All official documents, including High School Transcripts, the School and Midyear Reports, Teacher Recommendations, and the Counselor Recommendation must be submitted to the Office of College Admission by the institutions or parties that created those documents. Official documents can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by fax to 401-863-9300. We cannot accept official documents that have been emailed or faxed to our office by applicants themselves.
- After an application has been received, the Office of College Admission will send the applicant a username and password that they can use to check the completeness of their application and upload optional supplementary material.
- Due to processing time, it is likely that any document received by our office will not be entered into our application database until a week after it has been received. If you have recently submitted a document, please understand that it may take a week or more before it is listed on your application account as having been received. We will email you to let you know if any required documents are missing from your application file.