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 2019 2020 2021
Number Applied 2,031 2,293 2,746
Number Admitted  190 77 118
Percent Admitted 9.4% 3.4% 4.3%
Number Enrolling  134 57 81
Percent Enrolling 70.5% 74% 68.6%
SAT EBRW (Middle 50% of Admits)* 720-760 720-770 730-770
SAT Math (Middle 50% of Admits)* 740-800 713-790 750-790
ACT Composite (Middle 50% of Admits)     32-35 33-35 33-35
Average College GPA of admits 3.89 3.98 4.09

In the last four years the Office of Admission has admitted transfer students from 137 different colleges and universities worldwide. Here is a sample of the colleges that sent new transfers to Brown.

  • Amherst College
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bristol Community College
  • Bronxville High School
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Central Texas College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Colby College
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Cornell University
  • Cosumnes River College
  • CUNY Laguardia Community College
  • Dartmouth College
  • De Anza College
  • Deep Springs College
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Dickinson College
  • Duke University
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • Emory University
  • Franklin Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Inst Technology
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Hutchinson Community College
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Inst Tech Autonomo De Mexico
  • Ithaca College
  • Jacksonville University
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marist College
  • Massasoit Community College
  • McGill University
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Minerva Schools at KGI
  • National Taiwan University
  • Navarro College
  • New Mexico Military Institute
  • New York University
  • Northampton County Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Oxford College
  • Palomar College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Queens University
  • Rhode Island College
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Sciences PO-Paris Institute PO Stud
  • Simons Rock College of Bard
  • Skidmore College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • Swarthmore College
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College of Connecticut
  • Trinity University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • U.S. Airforce Academy
  • Univ Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Univ Calif Berkeley
  • Univ Calif Davis
  • Univ Calif Los Angeles
  • Univ Calif San Diego
  • Univ Calif Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • Univ Colorado Boulder
  • University of Florida
  • Univ Maryland College Park
  • Univ Massachusetts Amherst
  • Univ Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Univ North Carolina Chapel Hl
  • Univ North Carolina Charlotte
  • Univ Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • Univ Pennsylvania
  • Univ of Pittsburgh
  • Univ of the Redlands
  • Univ Richmond
  • Univ Southern California
  • University of Toronto Canada
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Virginia
  • Valley Forge Military Academy & College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytech Inst & State Univ
  • Wake Forest University
  • Waseda University
  • Washington Lee University
  • Washington University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • West Virginia Univ Morgantown
  • Wheaton College Massachusetts
  • Whitman College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute