Admission

NOTE: Applying to the PLME is tantamount to applying to the College and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at the same time. Students who expect to apply to other medical schools should not apply to the PLME, which is an eight-year educational program.


What you should know before you apply

The goal of the PLME is enrichment, not acceleration. PLME students complete their program of studies in eight years (though some decide to extend their education through the PLME Flex Plan, by pursuing a master's degree, through the MD-PhD program, or through other individual pursuits).

A PLME applicant is, by definition, an applicant to Brown. Each PLME applicant is considered an applicant to both the College and the PLME.  Applicants may apply either Early Decision OR Regular Action.

There is only ONE application to Brown and the PLME program. A student wishing to apply to the PLME uses the Brown application process and applies to both Brown the College and the PLME at the same time with the same online application.  Thus, a student either applies to the College and the PLME  Early Decision (deadline is November 1), OR applies to the College and the PLME Regular Action (deadline is January 1).

Brown is a member of the consortium of colleges and universities belonging to the Common Application. Applicants must submit the Common Application "First-Year Application."
Additionally, applicants must complete the Brown Supplement, which is available along with the Common Application forms from the Common Application website. The Brown Supplement includes TWO (2) required essays for PLME applicants.

Brown UniversityBrown UniversityUniversity policy dictates that no candidate for admission be denied solely on the basis of the degree program for which he or she seeks consideration. Therefore, those applicants not admitted to the PLME are still considered candidates to the College for the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

Interested students may obtain more information from the Office of College Admission.

Early Decision is a plan under which first-year applicants to Brown may apply for admission in the fall of their senior year and receive an admission decision in mid-December. Early Decision is intended for students who consider Brown their top choice. Applicants pursuing admission under Brown's Early Decision program may not submit an application to another Early Decision plan. Applicants and their families should be aware that Brown's Early Decision program is a binding agreement to attend Brown if admitted. Students admitted under the program are expected to enroll at Brown and to withdraw all pending applications -- including those submitted to Regular, Rolling, or Early Action programs.

Candidates considered admissible by the Office of College Admission are reviewed by the PLME Advisory Selection Board. Decisions are communicated to PLME applicants just as they are to other Brown applicants. It is expected that the number of PLME applicants will greatly exceed the places available each year.

PLME Candidates and Early Decision

An early decision applicant who indicates a desire to be considered for entry into the PLME may be admitted in December to both the College and the PLME. However, some students may be selected for admission to the College but not the PLME. The Office of College Admission realizes that these students may not wish to be admitted to the College under a binding early decision program if they are not also admitted to the PLME. Hence, the office asks all PLME applicants to indicate whether they wish to be considered under a binding early decision plan if they are not admitted to the PLME.

Those who answer "yes" that they want to be considered as an applicant to the College under its binding Early Decision program but are not admitted to the PLME, may be admitted, deferred or denied by the College. Those who are admitted to the College are bound under the early decision agreement; they may or may not be admitted to the PLME in April. Those who are deferred from the College may be admitted into the PLME in April under a nonbinding program. Those who are denied will not be considered again.

Those who answer "no" that they do not want to be considered as an applicant to the College under its binding Early Decision program and are not admitted to PLME, may be deferred or denied by the College. Those who are deferred by the College may be admitted into the PLME in April under a nonbinding program. Those who are denied will not be considered again.

Entrance Requirements and Selection Factors

The PLME does not have specific high school prerequisites beyond those required by the College. However, PLME applicants are encouraged to take advantage of honors or advanced placement offerings available to them in high school.

The Office of College Admission recommends that applicants have pursued the following:

  • four years of English, with significant emphasis on writing;
  • three years of college preparatory mathematics;
  • three years of foreign language;
  • two years of laboratory science above the freshman level;
  • two years of history, including American history;
  • at least one year of elective academic subjects.

Prospective science or engineering majors should have taken physics, chemistry, and advanced mathematics. Also, students should demonstrate a good command of writing and verbal skills.

Applicants are required to submit results of either (1) the SAT Reasoning Test and any two SAT Subject Tests (PLME candidates are advised to include a science test as one of the two required SAT Subject Tests), or (2) the results of the ACT which takes the place of both the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests. If choosing the ACT, you must take it with the Writing Test option.

Applicants are not judged solely on the basis of test scores. Students are selected on the basis of scholastic accomplishment and promise, intellectual curiosity, emotional maturity, character, motivation, sensitivity, caring, and particularly on the degree to which they seem adapted to the special features of the program. For the PLME, Brown seeks highly qualified and strongly motivated students who are committed to a career in medicine and who wish to pursue an area of academic interest to an advanced level of scholarship within the framework of a broad liberal education.

Applicants are assessed without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, or handicap. Junior year high school applicants are not excluded by any rule; however, such admissions are exceptional.

Important Dates

Early Decision
must be to both the College and the PLME
Regular Action
must be to both the College and the PLME
Application Deadlines

November 1

January 1
Acceptance Notification By December 15 Early April

Interviews

Formal, on-campus interviews are not offered for Brown applicants. Once a candidate applies to the College, a local alumnus/alumna may contact him or her to propose an "alumni interview" in his or her hometown area.  Alumni interviews are optional but recommended.

Visiting Brown

Applicants are encouraged to learn about Brown as an institution.
There is no specific PLME tour or Medical School tour at Brown
. Students visiting Brown should take a campus tour and attend a general information session provided by the Office of College Admission.

Those who have not had the opportunity previously may visit Brown between mid-April (when they receive admission notification) and May 1 (candidate's reply date). These visits provide a chance to sit in on classes and to appreciate the environment in which the PLME operates.

Transfer into the Program

There is no point of transfer into the PLME. Students are not considered for transfer from other Brown degree programs or from another college.

International Students

International students may apply to the PLME by completing The Common Application to the college. More information for international students is available at the Office of College Admission.

Tuition

Tuition for the first four years of the program is the same as that of the College. Tuition for the Medical School is somewhat higher than the college tuition, but consistent with other private medical schools. Tuition is determined each year by vote of the Brown Corporation.

Financial Aid

Beginning with the Class of 2007, the College implemented a need-blind admission policy for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. "Need-blind admission" simply means that your ability to pay for your education will not be a factor in the admission decision. Its basic premise is that a family's financial circumstances will not be considered when reviewing a student's application for undergraduate admission. Family and individual circumstances are considered only with respect to financial aid. (http://financialaid.brown.edu/)

The Medical School works closely with students to identify and secure both institutional and external sources of funding needed to meet the high cost of medical education. While the primary responsibility for payment of medical education rests with each student and his or her family, the Medical School provides financial aid from several sources, including scholarships, low-interest, subsidized loans, non-subsidized loans, and part-time employment. (http://med.brown.edu/financialaid/)