Brown University

Providence, RI

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
General Music
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Jewish/ Judaic Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Music Technology and Audio Production
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Portuguese Language and Literature
Religion/Religious Studies
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Mass Communication/ Media Studies


Major Bachelors Masters
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Urban Education and Leadership


Major Bachelors Masters
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Engineering Physics

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Behavioral Aspects of Health
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Public Health (MPH, DPH)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Cognitive Science
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Human Biology
Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Museology/Museum Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Science, Technology and Society

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Computational Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Molecular Medicine
Pathology/Experimental Pathology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Chemical Physics
Geology/Earth Science
Geophysics and Seismology
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Studies
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Ethnic Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican- American/Chicano Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Slavic Studies
South Asian Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Policy Analysis


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 7 Reviews

71% of students gave Brown University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Academics Rating

The academics are world class. If you get admitted you can handle the difficulty of the work. Compared to some of its peer institutions, the balance between the graduate and undergraduate student populations affords better opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1992

Academics Rating

The computer science department was very good. The science & engineering classes I took were large -- at least compared to my high school. I did not seek one-on-one help from TAs or professors, though I probably should have.

Brown University Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Retention Rate 97%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in September.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Distance Learning

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools
  • Washington Semester (American University)
  • Sea Semester
  • American Studies Program (Washington, DC)

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Medicine

Class Sizes at Brown University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 68%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 6%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 22%
  • 100+ Students: 4%
Fewer than 20 Students 68%
50 - 100 Students 6%
20 - 49 Students 22%
100+ Students 4%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 69
  • Unknown and Other: 14
  • Asian: 11
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 3
Caucasian 69
Unknown and Other 14
Asian 11
Latino 3
African American 3

Faculty at Brown University

Total Faculty 1,330
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 8
Full-Time Professors 3,800
Male Faculty 811
Part-Time Professors 768
Women Faculty 519

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