Undergraduate Admission

U.S. Military Veterans

Brown values the extraordinary talents, experiences and diversity that veterans bring to campus.

As part of our initiative to double our enrollment of undergraduate student veterans, Brown has made the following policy commitments applicable to all U.S. military service members and veterans:

  • Waiving application fees for first-year, transfer and Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) applicants.
  • Test-optional policy for standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), regardless of application type.
  • Increased financial aid to undergraduate student veterans, replacing all family contributions with scholarship funds and boosting Yellow Ribbon scholarship awards. This will eliminate all out-of-pocket costs toward undergraduate tuition and fees.
  • Beginning with applicants seeking admission as undergraduates for the 2020-21 academic year, we will consider all prospective students who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces on a need-blind basis. This will eliminate any consideration of an applicant’s ability to pay tuition from admission decisions.  

Application Process

Coming in Fall 2021A new Brown application designed specifically for U.S. military veterans seeking to enroll in Fall 2022. Veterans and currently serving personnel separating soon will be eligible and encouraged to apply via the Veterans Application, regardless of their year of high school graduation or college credits earned to date, if any. Please check back in October for details and a link to the no-fee application.

All application categories lead to the same Brown A.B. or Sc.B. degree. Only one application option may be selected per application season, even if you qualify for more than one. If you are unsure which option may be best for you, or have other questions regarding the application process, please contact our veterans liaison.

Apply as a First-Year Applicant

If you have no college credits, or no more than one complete semester of college credit at the time of your proposed enrollment at Brown, you may apply as a first-year applicant, regardless of when you completed high school.

Apply as a First-Year Applicant

Apply as a Resumed Undergraduate Education Applicant

If you graduated from high school six or more years before the time of your proposed enrollment at Brown (for example, high school class of 2015 or earlier for entry in fall 2021), and you have between zero to two years of full time college study or its equivalent, you may apply under our Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program. Veterans may request a waiver of the six years out of high school requirement, to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apply as a RUE Applicant

Apply as a Transfer Applicant

If you have the equivalent of one to two years of full-time college credit, you may apply as a transfer applicant regardless of when you graduated from high school.

Apply as a Transfer Applicant

Waiver of the Brown Undergraduate Application Fee

All U.S. military service members and veterans automatically qualify for a waiver of the Brown undergraduate application fee. If applying to the RUE program, simply check the box indicating that you will apply for financial aid and follow the instructions to waive the fee upon submission. Applicants using the Common Application, either for First Year or Transfer Students, should simply select the Brown Specific Waiver to have the fee waived.

Video Introduction

We welcome the submission of a short video introduction via your applicant portal. Sharing a two-minute personal video is a helpful way to show us who you are and why you are interested in attending Brown.


Brown is a proud college partner of Service to School's VetLink Program, which provides free application counseling to veterans. Brown is also a longstanding partner of the Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program (LSP), which assists honorably discharging, reserve and veteran U.S. Marines with the college application process.  

Brown has partnered with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in support of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. For more information, please consult the Office of Financial Aid.

Office of Military-Affiliated Students

The mission of the Office of Military-Affiliated Students is to assist student veterans, ROTC cadets, and other military-affiliated students in making successful transitions into and out of the Brown community.