Undergraduate Admission

Brown will maintain a test-optional policy for all first-year, transfer and Resumed Undergraduate Education applicants in the 2023-2024 admission cycle. The SAT or ACT, when submitted, will continue to be considered in the context of all the other information we have about a candidate. Standardized testing is informative and often helpful to our understanding of a student’s academic preparation, but has always been one among many components that we consider in our holistic admission process. 

We understand that the decision of whether or not to submit test scores can be complex, and we will share additional information in the coming months about how we use test scores in context. As with every aspect of the admission process, our test-optional policy will be evaluated again before the 2024-2025 application cycle begins. 

For students who choose to submit test scores, these may be self-reported or sent officially to Brown. We accept Score Choice and will always consider a student’s highest scores if multiple results are submitted. We continue to recommend English proficiency testing for international applicants and non-native speakers of English. Brown will also adhere to Ivy League policies regarding testing requirements for applicants who plan to participate in varsity athletics. 

For more detail regarding our current test-optional policy, please see our dedicated FAQ.