Undergraduate Admission

What Makes a Good Transfer Applicant?

Brown seeks to admit candidates who will be academically successful at the University and who will add, in some concrete way, to Brown’s undergraduate community.

First and foremost the Office of College Admission seeks to admit candidates who will be academically successful at Brown. To this end the most important pieces of a transfer application include:

  • The college transcript (curriculum and grades)
  • Recommendation letters from college faculty
  • Standardized test scores (the SAT or ACT)
  • The high school transcript

Since Brown’s admission process is a highly selective one, we also want to choose applicants who will add, in some concrete way, to Brown’s undergraduate community. We look for applicants with a long-term commitment to extracurricular activities who we expect will involve themselves in similar pursuits at Brown. We actively try to admit students from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, to make Brown’s undergraduate student body a thorough reflection of the diversity of identity and perspective that exists in the nation and in the world.

We hope that the following transfer admission statistics will give you a better picture of the type of applicants we admit.

Transfer Application Cycle 2018 2019 2020
Number Applied 2,131 2,031 2,293
Number Admitted (Fall & Spring Combined) 165 190 77
Percent Admitted 7.7% 9.4% 3.4%
Number Enrolling (Fall & Spring Combined) 98 134 57
Percent Enrolling 59.4% 70.5% 74%
SAT EBRW (Middle 50% of Admits)* 700-770 720-760 720-770
SAT Math (Middle 50% of Admits)* 680-790 740-800 713-790
ACT Composite (Middle 50% of Admits)     32-34 32-35 33-35
Average College GPA of admits 3.88 3.89 3.98

* Redesigned SAT test scores reported beginning with 2019

In the last four years the Office of Admission has admitted transfer students from 218 different colleges and universities worldwide. Here is a sample of the colleges that sent new transfers to Brown.

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve Univ
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia Univ Columbia College
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • De Anza College
  • Deep Springs College
  • Dickinson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Inst Technology
  • Hamilton College
  • Haverford College
  • Lafayette College
  • Marquette University
  • Mass Institute Technology
  • McGill University
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Pomona College
  • Rice University
  • Salt Lake Cmty College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Scripps College
  • Snow College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College CT
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Univ Calif Berkeley
  • Univ Calif Los Angeles
  • Univ Calif San Diego
  • Univ Calif Santa Barbara
  • Univ Colorado Boulder
  • Univ Maryland College Park
  • Univ Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Univ North Carolina Chapel Hl
  • Univ Notre Dame
  • Univ Pennsylvania
  • Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
  • Univ Richmond
  • Univ Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College