The Resumed Undergraduate Education Program allows those who have been out of high school for six years or more to enroll at Brown as undergraduate students. The program is ideal for students who interrupted or delayed their formal education due to family commitments, financial concerns, health issues, military service, employment opportunities, or simply a compelling need to explore other paths.
RUE students enjoy the companionship of interesting and highly-motivated peers, instruction from stimulating professors, and access to the wide range of facilities and opportunities available at Brown. Our open curriculum and flexibility means that RUE students, like all Brown undergraduates, must be especially self-motivated and intellectually curious.
RUE applicants may apply as a RUE first-year applicant (if you have little or no college experience), or as a RUE transfer applicant (if you have 1-2 years of college experience). RUE transfer applicants are usually also eligible to apply as regular transfer students. However, you must choose the application pool you think is most appropriate for your experience and circumstances. You may only apply in one application category in any given application cycle.
Curriculum & Course Load
Increased life experience means RUE students often have well-developed goals. The flexibility of the Brown curriculum allows RUE students to shape their academic programs to fit their individual academic interests. Each RUE student is expected to be a full-time (usually 4 courses each semester) member of the Brown community. If your circumstances call for a reduced course load, you may make your request at the Office of the Dean of the College.
RUE students are advised through the Office of the Dean of the College. Upon declaring a concentration, each student is assigned a concentration advisor from that department. In addition, RUE students have created a support group called RUSA, the Resumed Undergraduate Students Association.
The Application Process
Admission to the RUE program is highly competitive. All complete applications are read in full and the selection process is based on many factors, both objective and subjective. We require the following information in order to process your application:
- The RUE Application
- Two recommendations, preferably from teachers or academic counselors, but employers, military commanding officers, project managers, and religious leaders can be substituted if necessary.
- The RUE Financial Aid Application (if you are applying for aid to Brown).
- Official academic transcripts must be sent to us directly from your secondary school(s) and college(s), as applicable.
RUE applicants do not complete the regular Common Application (including the Brown Writing Supplement and the regular financial aid forms).
All RUE applications are due March 1 for enrollment the following academic year. We strongly prefer that RUE students enroll in the fall so that they can take advantage of important orientation events, but occasi