How to Get into Brown: Average SAT Scores and ACT Scores

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What does your child need to get into Brown University? This article covers the objective criteria for admission to Brown, including SAT scores, ACT scores and GPA.

How to Get Into Brown: The Admissions Criteria

Brown is one of the most competitive private colleges or universities in the US, with a 9.30% acceptance rate, an average of 1470 on the SAT, an average of 33 on the ACT and an rough average unweighted GPA of 4 (unofficial). In order to feel secure when applying to this school, it is incredibly useful to to score higher than 90% or more of US test-takers, above a 1470 on the SAT or a 33 on the ACT. Though of course all schools strive to look at a holistic image of each student, a high standardized test score can give you a competitive edge over other qualified applicants, making sure that admissions is able to focus on the most exciting aspects of your application.

Brown Admissions Scorecard

  • Providence, RI
  • Private
  • Undergraduate students: 6,565
  • Estimated average unweighted GPA of admitted students (unofficial):  4
  • Average SAT Score of admitted students: 1470
  • Average ACT Score of admitted students: 33
  • Subject tests required: Yes
  • SAT Scoring policy: Superscore
  • ACT Scoring policy: Score Choice
  • Scholarships based on test scores: Brown only offers need-based financial aid.

Brown Average SAT Score: 1470

The average SAT score of admitted students to Brown University is 1470. If you or your child is applying to Brown, scoring above 1470 means the SAT is working in your favor. Scoring below 1470 means the SAT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 1570, the 75th percentile score at Brown, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 1% of SAT test-takers score 1470 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 1470 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the SAT (or ACT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average SAT scores at Brown by section:

Math Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Total
740 730 1470

Brown SAT Essay Policy

Brown does not require that applicants submit an SAT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering Brown should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

Brown SAT Scoring Policy

Brown superscores the SAT, meaning they consider the highest section from each test attempt. This differs from Score Choice, a policy where colleges consider the best SAT total score.

For more about superscoring, read this article.

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Brown Average ACT Score: 33

The average ACT score of admitted students to Brown University is 33. That means, if you or your child is applying to Brown, scoring above 33 means the ACT is working in your favor. Scoring below 33 means the ACT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 34, the 75th percentile score at Brown, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 2% of ACT test-takers score 33 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 33 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the ACT (or SAT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average ACT scores at Brown by the English and Math sections:

Math English Total
32 34 33

Brown ACT Essay Policy

Brown does not require that applicants submit an ACT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering Brown should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

Brown ACT Scoring

Brown uses Score Choice for the ACT, meaning they consider the highest total score of any test attempt. This differs from superscoring, a policy where colleges combine the best section scores from multiple test attempts.

For more about Score Choice, read this article.

Whether you’re well underway in the prep process or just beginning, you likely have some questions. We try to answer them in How to Conquer ACT Prep (for Parents). Hint: it’s less complicated than you might think!

Does Brown Require SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests of individual academic subjects that some applicants submit to colleges. Brown strongly recommends that applicants take at least one SAT Subject Test.

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If you’re underway in your college search, the schools below might be worth exploring. We’ve categorized each school based on how difficult they are to get into, relative to Brown.

Match Schools

These are schools that are the right fit for your student’s admissions criteria.

Carnegie Mellon University

  • A private university in Pittsburgh, PA with 6069 undergraduate students, Carnegie Mellon is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1465 on the SAT or 33 on the ACT.

Dartmouth College

  • A private college in Hanover, NH with 4270 undergraduate students, Dartmouth is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1455 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT.

Webb Institute

  • A private college in Glen Cove, NY with 92 undergraduate students, Webb Institute is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1450 on the SAT or 35 on the ACT.

Safety Schools

These are schools where your student exceeds the average admissions criteria.

New York University

  • A private university in New York, NY with 24888 undergraduate students, NYU is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1365 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

Emory University-Oxford College

  • A private college in Oxford, GA with Unlisted undergraduate students, Emory is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1345 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT.

Tulane University of Louisiana

  • A private university in New Orleans, LA with 6487 undergraduate students, Tulane is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1325 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

Reach Schools

These are schools that are particularly selective relative to your student’s admissions criteria.

California Institute of Technology

  • A private university in Pasadena, CA with 979 undergraduate students, Caltech is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1555 on the SAT or 35 on the ACT.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • A private university in Cambridge, MA with 4476 undergraduate students, MIT is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1525 on the SAT or 34 on the ACT.

University of Chicago

  • A private university in Chicago, IL with 5967 undergraduate students, University of Chicago is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 4.0 GPA and a 1525 on the SAT or 34 on the ACT.
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