Brown University

Established in 1764, Brown University is one of the oldest universities in the United States. With more than 40 academic departments and 2,000 courses to choose from, Brown awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in several fields of study. Popular majors include Economics, Biology and Political Science. Brown hosts numerous activities and programs through its more than 300 student organizations. Groups geared toward African-American students include the African Sun, a publication discussing the concerns of Black students, the Black Heritage Series at its Third World Center, the Black Student Union and more. For nearly 250 years, Brown University has motivated its students to perform at the highest level academically. It is the school’s mission to discover, communicate and preserve knowledge while preparing its students to be useful and reputable citizens of society.

Location: Providence, RI

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $20,664

Size: 8,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 6%

Percentage of Men: 48%

Percentage of Women: 52%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Graduate School, Biology, Medicine and Public Health

Housing: On-campus housing provided. First year students live with a roommate in dormitories of 50-60 students. Off-campus housing provided through nearby university-owned and non-university-owned apartments and houses.


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta

     • Others: African Students Association, African Sun, Black Heritage Series, Black Student Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Society of Black Engineers 

City Life: Festivals (First Works Festival), museums, neighborhood parks, outdoor art (Fire Water)