Undergraduate Admission

Application Checklist for Transfer Applicants

The transfer application deadline is March 1 (11:59 p.m. applicant's local time).

Application Checklist

  • Application fee of $75 or a fee waiver.
  • Common Application (Transfer Application).
  • Official copy of your high school transcript.
  • Official copy of your current college transcript – including grades from your fall 2020 semester work and a list of your current course enrollments. (If you are not currently enrolled in college, we request an official copy of your most recent transcript.) The Common Application provides the ability for you to upload your college transcript, which Brown will consider unofficial. You may submit your official transcript one of two ways: Send a request to your Registrar through the Common Application or have your Registrar submit your transcript directly to our office.
  • College Report (Report of Good Standing)
    Please ask the appropriate college administrator to complete the College Report. The administrator may either complete it through the Common Application or print it and scan and email the completed document to [email protected].
  • Two instructor evaluations from faculty who have taught you at your current college. We will accept evaluations from TAs who have been your instructors.
  • Mid Term Report, also found on the Common Application. You should list your current courses and then ask each of your professors to provide a progress grade. Please upload the completed Mid Term Report through your Brown Applicant Portal by April 1.
  • 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). These requirements apply to all applicants, domestic and international, with the exception of domestic applicants applying from domestic community colleges. NOTE: Testing requirements for transfer applicants in the 2020-21 admission cycle remain consistent as they are detailed here, and all students applying in the 2021-22 admission cycle or later should plan to submit an SAT or ACT score as part of the application process.
  • Financial Aid Applicants must submit the appropriate financial aid documents when they apply. For more information visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Supplementary Materials

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 per email account; if submitting two you will need to sign up with a second email account.

Fee Waiver

We understand that the cost of applying to college can be prohibitive for some applicants and their families. If the application fee constitutes a financial hardship, we will accept a fee waiver in lieu of the application fee itself. The College Board provides fee waivers to students who take the SAT, and these fee waivers are accepted by our office. We will also accept a fee waiver in the form of a letter (printed on college letterhead) from a dean, advisor or financial aid officer at your home institution certifying that the application fee constitutes a financial hardship.

Interview/Video Portfolio

There are no interviews available for transfer applicants. The video portfolio provides a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about you. After you have submitted the Common Application you will receive access to your Brown Applicant Portal. Once logged into your Brown Applicant Portal you will be given the option to submit a 2-minute personal video portfolio. The deadline to submit a video portfolio is March 15.

  • The video portfolio gives you an opportunity to tell us more about yourself, in your voice, beyond the information you provided in your application.   
  • Sharing a two-minute personal video is a helpful way to show us who you are.
  • Possible topics may include your academic interests, your connection to a family member or individual who has influenced you, your experience with the community that you are from or anything else that you would like to tell us about yourself.
  • Your video should begin with a short clip of you in front of the camera saying, "Hi, my name is [insert name] from [name of college]."
  • After that, what you choose to say and how you choose to say it is up to you. Simple and unrehearsed is fine, and you are welcome to be creative.
  • We recommend you dress casually as you would for a school day or school event.
  • Videos will not be evaluated for production quality, but you must limit your video to no more than two minutes.
  • Record your video introduction using the device of your choice, and then upload either a file or link to the introduction into your Brown Account Portal. We anticipate that many applicants will use phones and tablets to submit videos.
  • Record your video in landscape orientation; that way your finished product will not require viewers to turn their heads to the side when viewing on a desktop computer.
  • Make certain you are visible and audible during your video. Check the lighting and listen to your video after you have recorded it to ensure you are happy with the final product before submitting.
  • Once you have uploaded your video to your applicant portal be sure to click PREVIEW to view your submitted video to ensure it appears correctly before hitting CONTINUE.

Important Notes on Submitting Documents

  • Applicants should submit the majority of their application using the Common Application website.
  • All official documents, including high school and college transcripts, the College Report, testing results and Instructor Evaluations, must be submitted to the Office of College Admission by the institutions or parties that created those documents with the exception of the Mid Term Report which can be uploaded through your Brown Applicant Portal and your official college transcript which your Registrar may submit one of two ways: Send a request to your Registrar through the Common Application or have your Registrar submit your transcript directly to our office. Official documents can be submitted by email to [email protected]own.edu or by fax to 401-863-9300. We cannot accept official documents that have been faxed or emailed to our office by applicants themselves with one exception: the Mid Term Report can be uploaded through your Brown Applicant Portal by April 1.
  • By mid-March, the Office of Admission will send transfer applicants a username and password that they can use to check the completeness of their application online.
  • 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. In early April we will email you to let you know if any required documents are missing from your application file.