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Essay Breakdown: Brown University

  • How to Write the Brown University Essays 2016-2017

    As an Ivy League institution and the seventh-oldest university in the U.S., Brown University is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the world, as well as a cornerstone of the liberal arts. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, admission is highly competitive, with 9% of applicants admitted to the class of 2020.

    Since its founding in 1764, Brown has distinguished itself from its competitors by granting its student body an unparalleled degree of academic freedom. From its signature “open curriculum” and the tight-knit bonds that students forge with their professors to excellent opportunities outside the classroom, it is no surprise that Brown’s students are among the happiest in the country.

    Brown is unique in several ways. For example, Brown’s most distinctive feature, the “open curriculum” (first implemented in 1969), was a revolutionary initiative committed to the free thought and empowerment of its students. To this day, Brown students are not bound by any General Education requirements and, instead, are free to sample courses from a variety of disciplines. Students can also choose to craft their own academic concentrations, resulting in unique pursuits like Social Analysis & Research, Egyptology, and Assyriology.

    Finally, a high 9:1 student-faculty ratio and alumni in every imaginable field are powerful resources when networking for research, internship, and career opportunities. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a guide to answering Brown’s essay questions for the 2016-2017 application cycle.

  • How to Write the Brown University Application Essays 2015-2016

    (Note: this post has been updated for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To view the updated post, click here.) Brown University is often called the happiest school in the country, mostly due to its peaceful student body and reportedly less competitive environment. The university is located in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, a mid-sized but […]

  • How to tackle the 2013-14 Brown Supplement Essays

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. The Brown Supplement essays are infamous for the myriad questions posed, all of which can be a bit difficult to write due to their rather open-ended nature.  Further, all of Brown’s essays are relatively short, limiting […]