What An Ivy Says To School Counselors Before It Releases RD Decisions

I am going to leave this email that Brown recently sent to school counselors without comment other than to say two things: 1) Brown has of late sought to enroll ~1700-1800 first year students per year. If that is their enrollment target this year then they will have enrolled at or just over half of their class through their binding early decision plan. 2) Yes, this email is from Brown, but you could substitute the name of any other Ivy League school (or MIT, or Stanford, or Northwestern, or Vanderbilt, or … you get my point) and the numbers would be similar. Highly rejective indeed.

The email:

I am writing to share that Regular Decision admission decisions will be posted Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time and can be viewed by students through the Brown Applicant Portal. Applicants received an email on March 23 with a link to the portal outlining the date and time that decisions will be available. 

Brown received 50,649 applications for the Class of 2026, a nine percent increase over last year that makes this the largest application pool in the University’s history. Brown will make 1,651 Regular Decision offers of admission to the incoming Class of 2026, in addition to the 895 Early Decision admission offers made in December. The overall admit rate for this year’s pool is 5 percent, with a Regular Decision admit rate of 3.6 percent.

Additionally, 17 percent of accepted students represent the first generation in their family to attend college. This year’s admitted class comes from 91 nations, all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The top countries represented outside the United States are China, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Singapore and Ukraine.

Of the 3,827 applicants to the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), 84 students were admitted with a 2 percent admission rate. Of the 838 applicants to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, 19 students were admitted with a 2 percent admission rate.

If spaces in our entering class are available after our May 2 reply date, we will be pleased to make additional admission offers to students on our waitlist. Please note, however, that all spaces in the Program in Liberal Medical Education have been filled. The number of students admitted from the waitlist will depend on how many students accept our initial admission offers by May 2. In recent years, the number of waitlist spaces available in our incoming class has ranged from 30 to 180. Waitlist activity will conclude by mid-summer, and more information on the waitlist is available here.
Good luck to your students as they await their decisions.