While the video introduction is not a required component of the admission process, we do encourage students to submit one when possible. We have found that video introductions are a personal and engaging way to convey more about yourself beyond the written application, and allow admission officers to get to know you in your own voice. If you do not submit a video, we will thoroughly consider your application with all of the other information available.
The video introduction is intended to provide an opportunity to tell us more about yourself, in your voice, beyond the information you provided in your application. You are welcome to discuss anything that might help us get to know you better. Some possible topics, along with Video Introduction Tips, can provide a general idea of what you might consider.
As with application essay word counts, we have set length limits to better enable equity among applicants and provide a clear sense of what we are hoping the video introduction will convey. Two minutes should be all that is needed to effectively share your brief introduction through your video.
Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you're using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest Internet connection available. Wired connections may be more reliable than wireless, as an intermittent or slow Internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.
We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. We support the following video file formats: .3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv.
These instructions are also available in your Brown Applicant Portal.
Once uploaded, video introductions cannot be reviewed, so please make sure to preview your video before uploading to the Brown Applicant Portal. Due to high volume of videos that we receive each year, we cannot review submissions to confirm a successful upload on an individual basis. We will be in touch by email if there are any technical issues that require your attention and resubmission.
As with the submission of the Common Application and Brown Supplement, once you have uploaded your video introduction through your Brown Applicant Portal, your submission is considered final. Uploaded videos are not able to be accessed or edited, and unless there has been a technical issue that prevents us from being able to view your video, we are unable to remove videos to allow for resubmission.
Your Brown Applicant Portal will display a confirmation message if your video introduction has been successfully received. If you do not see a confirmation message and your portal still shows an option to upload a video, please submit your video again. Once we have received your video, we will be in touch by email if there are any technical issues that require your attention and resubmission.