Undergraduate Admission

Application Process: Pre-Baccalaureate Special Student Applicants

Step 1


You should first contact the Office of College Admission to discuss with an admission officer your intention to apply to Brown as a special student.

Step 2


If you are eligible for special student status, complete the online application. Please ask representatives from your institution to submit the following required materials by e-mail to [email protected]:

  • Official transcripts for all secondary school work as well as for all completed college courses and all courses currently in progress.
  • Score reports for any College Board tests you have taken. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo test results. These may be sent directly from the testing agency.

Step 3


Obtain two letters of recommendation from former instructors or individuals who know you well (e.g., an employer, counselor, family friend, etc.). The persons writing these recommendations should send them directly to the Office of College Admission.

Deadlines for receipt of application and supporting materials:

  • April 15 for Semester I (September enrollment)
  • October 15 for Semester II (January enrollment)

Notification from the Board of Admission:

Notification of admission decision will be provided several weeks before classes begin.

Important Note

Please make sure that all materials regarding your admission to either of these programs are clearly addressed to either “Visiting Student Program” or “Special Student Program.” This applies to all materials sent by you or representatives of your secondary school or college. Materials not so marked will jeopardize the completion of your application.