Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)
Brown offers an eight-year program for students who are committed to a career in medicine and who also want a broad liberal arts education. By taking full advantage of Brown's open curriculum, PLME students complete a four-year undergraduate program and then proceed directly to Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School. At the end of the program, students will have earned either the A.B. or Sc.B. degree and the M.D. degree.
To apply for the PLME option, you must indicate your interest on The Common Application and respond to the additional essay questions.
PLME is not the only option for students who are planning careers in medicine. A number of Brown students include all of the requisite courses for medical school in their curriculums. In addition to learning more about the PLME option, you may also want to explore our Health Career Advising resources.
Brown-RISD Dual Degree
Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) offer a five-year dual degree program for students who wish to combine study in the liberal arts with concentrated work in the fine arts. Dual degree candidates would complete approximately half of their course work at each institution and graduate with the A.B. degree from Brown and the B.F.A. degree from RISD.
To be considered for this program, you must apply to Brown and to RISD independently via The Common Application. Only students who have been admitted to both Brown and RISD will be considered for the dual degree program. Some fields of concentration at Brown are not open to dual degree candidates, such as Engineering and Visual Arts.
QuestBridge connects the nation's brightest under-served youth with leading institutions of higher education. Brown is delighted to be part of this very successful and worthy program.
The following materials are required by November 4th in addition to your QuestBridge application:
- The Common Application and Brown Writing Supplement
- Official test scores from either the SAT (including two Subject Tests) OR the ACT (with Writing)
- CSS/Financial Aid Profile (submitted electronically)
You may receive a request from the Brown University Office of Financial Aid for additional information. Rest assured that if you do not receive a request, the Office of Financial Aid has enough information to provide an estimated financial aid award at the time of admission. A request for additional information should not be interpreted as an indication of a pending College Match.
The QuestBridge Match at Brown is binding. If you are admitted to Brown under the Match Program, you must withdraw all applications to other colleges or universities.
QuestBridge Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to Brown through the College Match program if I am not a US citizen?
Yes. We will consider all applicants regardless of citizenship.
How can I have my application fee waived?
There is no fee to apply to the College Match process for QuestBridge Finalists. We will waive the $75 application fee for all other QuestBridge Finalists. You do not need to submit any additional paperwork. QuestBridge Non-Finalists may still qualify for the fee waiver by request.
Brown University does not offer waivers for College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application, however, you may qualify for an automatic fee waiver through the College Board when completing the online application. If you qualify, you will be offered the waiver when selecting your payment method.
Will I be interviewed as part of the Match process?
Due to the shortened timeframe of the Match process, we are unable to offer interviews to Questbridge Match applicants.
How will I be notified if I match with Brown?
QuestBridge will contact you directly on December 1 if you have been matched with Brown. We will contact you shortly thereafter with an official letter of admission and your financial aid award.
If I am a College Match finalist and do not match with Brown, can I still apply through the Regular Decision process?
We strongly encourage you to apply to Brown through our Regular Decision process. Please note that if you successfully match with a school that has a binding admission offer, you are not eligible for consideration in Brown's Regular Decision process. It is important to check with your match school to be sure you understand the terms of your match.
If I am not named a finalist in the College Match Program, may I apply to Brown?
Yes, we welcome your application. Please adhere to our application guidelines.
Will I still receive financial aid if I do not match with Brown in the College Match process but am admitted later in the Regular Decision process?
Brown meets the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, regardless of their method of applying. Brown's financial aid policies make attending Brown very affordable and accessible for low-and-middle income families, allowing students to graduate with no or minimal loan debt. Additional financial aid application materials will also be required to be considered for financial aid during the Regular Decision process. Please refer to the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Can I be admitted to Brown's Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) as part of the Match program?
No. The first round of admission to the PLME will occur after the conclusion of the Match process. If you are matched with Brown, we will automatically consider your application to the PLME in early December. You will be notified of your admission decision to the PLME in mid-December.
Both Questbridge finalists (scholars) and non-finalists who apply in Brown's Regular or Early Decision cycles using the Common Application can choose to apply to the Program in Liberal Medical Education by completing the appropriate questions about the PLME in the "Brown Questions" and "Writing" sections.
Can I be admitted to the Brown/Rhode Island School of Design 5-Year Degree Program as part of the Match program?
No. The admission review for this Program will occur after the conclusion of the Match process. In mid-March of the application year, the Dual Degree Admission Committee will convene to discuss the applications of any Regular Decision applicants to the Program, and the applications of any Early Decision applicants who have been admitted or deferred. Final decisions will be mailed in late March or early April, immediately following the Regular Decision mailing date.
Both Questbridge finalists (scholars) and non-finalist who apply in Brown's Regular or Early Decision cycles using the Common Application can choose to apply the 5-year degree program by completing the appropriate section of Brown's Supplement to The Common Application.
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- If you have no college credits, or no more than one complete semester of college credit at the time of your proposed enrollment at Brown, you may apply as a First-Year Applicant, regardless of when you completed high school.
- If you have less than two complete years of college credit, and have been out of high school for six years or more, you may apply under our Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program. Veterans may request a waiver of the six years out of high school requirement, to be considered on a case by case basis.
- If you have the equivalent of one to two years of full-time college experience, you may apply as a conventional Transfer Applicant or as a transfer applicant via the RUE program.
All application categories lead to the same Brown A.B. or Sc.B. degree. Only one application option may be selected per application season, even if you qualify for more than one. If you are unsure which option may be best for you, or have other questions regarding the application process, please contact our Veterans Liaison.
Brown has partnered with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in support of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. For more information, please consult the Office of Financial Aid.
For more information about the experience of student veterans at Brown please visit brown.edu/veterans/.