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Catrina Coffey

Brown ACT Scores

Good to see you, my dear Magooshers! Guess what time it is?


It’s time to discuss the average ACT scores and philosophy of another Ivy League school! Yaaaay!


I know, it’s exciting, right? So let’s dive in! Anyone who wants to study in lovely Rhode Island, read on!


Let’s get the some facts and figures out of the way first.

  • 43% of the class of 2018 received between a 33 and a 35 on the ACT.
  • 37% of the class received between a 29 and a 32.
  • Brown accepted 8.8% of applications for the class of 2018.
  • 9% of Brown’s class of 2018 are in the top 10%, the valedictorian, or the salutatorian in their high school class.

Like the other Ivy League schools, they want top scores on the ACT and top grades, if possible. But they’re looking for something beyond that as well, and if you’re going to apply to Brown, you have to know this:

We believe that all students at Brown are up to the task of freely choosing their own course of study. We’re not going to tell you what to do or how to do it […] Instead, we’re going to ask you to constantly consider your options, look ahead, and make the tough decisions that will shape the rest of your life. Of course, we’ll be here to guide and support you along the way, but the inspiration, initiative, and hard work will be yours.

This means that Brown does not have requirements for their courses of study. You have to come up with your own program. While that may seem awesome (especially if you’ve seen the 2006 movie Accepted), it isn’t that simple. Brown is looking for students who will take that idea seriously, and who will question whether or not each course you take is best serving what you need to learn. They want students with self-discipline, individual responsibility, and intelligence. Brown University looks at a college diploma less like a textbook and more like a choose-your-own adventure.


So if that sort of coursework sounds like something that would work well for you, Brown might just be a good fit! But remember: whether you go to Brown or elsewhere, there is a college out there that is right for you!

Best of luck!


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About Catrina Coffey

Catrina graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in English. She’s been helping students prepare for standardized tests since 2011. In her spare time, you can find her reading anything within arms’ reach, playing video games, correcting grammar, or studying word derivations. (Did you know that procrastinate comes from the Latin word cras, which means “tomorrow”?)

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