Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Attract and support the most highly qualified and diverse students

Action Taken

  • Aligned the undergraduate financial aid policies with the academic mission of the University by implementing need-blind admission beginning with the class of 2007
  • Began early fund-raising efforts, with a $15-million gift in 2002 from the Starr Foundation to support the need-blind policy
  • Provided new funding to the College Admission Office to expand recruitment efforts aimed at economically disadvantaged students
  • Allocated an additional $200,000 in funding for 2004–05 for enhanced and expanded outreach to students from diverse backgrounds
  • Received $100-million donation from Sidney Frank ’42 to eliminate the loan burden for Brown’s neediest students beginning with the class of 2009
  • Allocated additional funds for FY06 and beyond for aid to transfer and RUE (Resumed Undergraduate Education) students
  • Initiated discussions to attract promising students in the sciences through new programs and internships
  • Provided funding to revamp College Admission Office recruiting materials
  • Attracted in 2006 the largest applicant pool in Brown’s history (18,313, an increase of more than 8 percent over 2005)
  • Offered more financial aid dollars to admitted class (2010) than to any in history (nearly $21.5 million)
  • Enrolled the largest number of students of color in history (33 percent of the matriculating class of 2010)
  • Enrolled an additional 57 Sidney Frank Scholars, bringing the two-year total to 119
  • Expanded science recruitment with the creation of a specialized sciences tour
  • Doubled the number of low-income students flown to campus as part of “A Day on College Hill”– the College’s primary matriculation event
  • Received $26.5-million gift on behalf of the late Eleanor H. Schwartz ’29 and Frederic N. Schwartz in support of scholarships for women
  • Announced intention to provide increased financial aid for international students, particularly from less-developed countries
  • Established a committee on mentorship to make recommendations for improving outreach and programming to underrepresented students
  • Received record 19,043 undergraduate applications for the class of 2011 from 50 states and 72 countries
  • Accepted 13.5 percent of applicant pool, the lowest admit rate in Brown’s history
  • Admitted the most diverse class ever: 41 percent are students of color; 53 percent are women; and there was a 25 percent increase in admitted students who are the first generation in their families to attend college
  • Admitted a record number of international applications (232), including record numbers from the People’s Republic of China, India, and Africa
  • Used the increased financial aid allocated by the Corporation in October 2006 to offer more than $2 million in financial assistance to international applicants, the highest dollar amount in the College’s history
  • Hired external firm to revitalize admission communications strategy and publications
  • Entered into joint recruitment travel agreements with MIT and Yale to increase our contacts with prospective students nationally and internationally
  • Completed a revision of the College’s admission-related publications, redesigned the admission office website, created a multi-media presentation for “Introduction to Brown” events, and doubled the number of joint travel recruitment events with several consortia of peer schools
  • Enrolled the most ethnically diverse class in Brown’s history – 35 percent of the members of the Class of 2011 are students of color
  • Made significant gains in creating a more socioeconomically diverse class – 14 percent of the Class of 2011 are the first members of their families to attend college
  • 43 percent of the members of the Class of 2011 are receiving scholarship aid from Brown – the highest percentage on aid of any incoming class in the College’s history
  • As a result of increased funding for international applicants, the College was able to increase by 50 percent the number of first year international students (Class of 2011) who are receiving financial assistance from Brown
  • Nearly 9 percent of the Class of 2011 are international students, including a record number from the People’s Republic of China and India
  • Enrolled an additional 27 Sidney E. Frank Scholars in the Class of 2011, bringing the three-year total to 143
  • Received a record 20,630 applicants for the Class of 2012 from 50 states and 102 foreign countries
  • Accepted 13.3 percent of those who applied to the Class of 2012 – the lowest admit rate in the College’s history – from 50 states and 68 foreign countries
  • Expanded international recruitment, including 80 staff travel days to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America
  • Established $5 million Advancing Africa Scholarship Fund to enhance the ability of students from sub-Saharan African nations to study at Brown and return to their country to help address some of the continent’s critical needs in all sectors
  • Offered the first “Advancing Africa” scholarships to students from Ghana and Kenya
  • Enrolled Class of 2012 comprised of 1,539 students, including students from 49 states and 51 foreign countries
  • Evaluated nearly 300 applications for the Brown-RISD Dual Degree program and enrolled 13 students for the inaugural class of that program
  • Continued progress in enrolling a diverse undergraduate class: nearly 35 percent of the Class of 2012 are students of color, 15 percent are the first generation in their families to attend college, and the class of 2012 contains the largest cohort of international students in the College’s history – nearly 10 percent. The People's Republic of China is the largest source of inter­national students, followed by Canada, Korea, India, and Singapore
  • Implemented a revised ADOCH (A Day on College Hill) program limited to students admitted only in the regular action program. The program was attended by nearly 1,500 parents and students
  • Continued to expand joint recruitment travel opportunities with Yale, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, University of Chicago, and Rice. Last year’s joint recruitment programs attracted nearly 10,000 students and parents
  • Produced a suite of new publications modeled on the revised viewbook
  • Became a member of the Common Application Consortium, which includes more than 300 colleges and universities and allows students to complete a core application for admission that is accepted by all of those schools
  • Implemented new financial aid policies in 2008 that eliminated the need for a parent contribution from income for families making less than $60,000 annually and eliminating loans in financial aid packages for families with annual incomes less than $100,000
  • Doubled the size of Excellence at Brown, a five-day, no-cost pre-Orientation program that acculturates students to academic expectations at Brown
  • Implemented the TEAM advising initiative, which pairs veteran faculty mentors with students from underrepresented groups
  • Received $100,000 grant to expand TEAM advising program
  • Implemented a new policy on academic warning that allows students to take a reduced course load while developing their study and time management skills
  • Received a report on ways to support Latino students at Brown
  • Implemented New Scientist Pre-Orientation program for 15 students
  • Received a record 24,987 applications for admission to the Class of 2013 from 50 states and 137 countries. The nearly 25,000 applications represented a 21% increase over the number of applications received for the Class of 2012
  • Accepted 11.2 percent of those who applied – the lowest admit rate in the College’s history
  • The incoming class of 2013 consists of 1494 students from 48 states and 55 foreign countries, with Engineering most frequently cited as an intended concentration
  • International students represent 11% of the incoming class, 14% are the first generation in their families to attend college, and 31% of the class are students of color
  • Received and evaluated 400 applications for the second year of the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program. Offered admission to 19 students and 15 chose to enroll
  • Continued expansion of international recruitment with staff travel to Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Expanded joint recruitment programs with two consortia of peer schools – MIT and Yale, and Cornell. Columbia, Chicago, and Rice
  • Made special outreach efforts to admitted African American students in collaboration with members of the Inman Page Council
  • Received 30,135 applications for admission to the Class of 2014 from 50 states and 143 countries. The 30,000+ applications represented a nearly 21% increase over the number of applicants to the Class of 2013 and a nearly 50% increase in two years
  • Accepted 9.3% of those who applied – once again the lowest admit rate in Brown’s history
  • The incoming Class of 2014 is from 59 states and 59 countries, with California surpassing New York for the second time in 3 years as the state producing the most applicants, admits, and matriculants to the Class
  • More than 35% of the Class of 2014 are minority students, the largest percentage in Brown’s history, and the 148 African American students intending to enroll represent a nearly 60% increase over the number enrolling in the Class of 2013
  • Nearly 13% of the incoming class is international, reflecting the College’s continued commitment to broadening the base of international applicants to Brown
  • 14% of the members of the class are the first in their families to attend college
  • Evaluated nearly 500 applicants for the third cohort of the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program. 16 of the 20 students offered admission to the program will enroll with the Class of 2014
  • Engineering remains the most popular intended concentration of the Class of 2014, followed by the Biological sciences, International Relations, and Economics
  • Refocused staff recruiting efforts to visit geographical areas and schools with large first generation and minority populations
  • Contacted more than 11,000 prospective minority students via direct mail with letter from President Simmons and individual follow-up from staff and students
  • Brown joined the QuestBridge consortium, a non-profit organization that identifies college-bound, low income and first generation students and helps to connect then to consortium member schools. The program generated more than 1500 highly qualified applicants for admission to the College
  • Initiated a financial aid appeal process which enabled Brown to compete more successfully with peer schools for top students. Partially as a result of the initiative, 46% of the Class of 2014 received scholarship assistance – the highest percentage in the College’s history
  • Continued joint recruitment efforts with members of the Inman Page Council focusing on yielding a higher percentage of African American students
  • Received funding for a project to convert the current paper application evaluation process to a paperless, imaging environment, eliminating the need to print nearly 1.5 million pieces of paper
  • Completed plans to move the public functions of the Admission Office to the new Stephen Robert ’62 Center. Beginning in the fall of 2010 admission tours and information sessions will originate from the Robert Center
  • The admission staff played a significant role in the development of College’s new website, scheduled to be launched in early September
  • Received a record 30,944 applications for admission to the Class of 2015 from 50 states and 141 countries. The nearly 31,000 applications represented a 50% increase over the number of applications received just four years ago for the Class of 2011
  • Accepted 8.9 percent of those who applied – the lowest admit rate in the College’s history
  • The incoming class of 2015 consists of 1512 students from 47 states and 65 foreign countries, with California surpassing New York for the third time in 4 years as the state producing the most applicants, admits, and matriculants to the Class
  • Received and evaluated 500 applications for the third year of the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program.  Offered admission to 18 students and 17 chose to enroll
  • Continued expansion of international recruitment with staff travel to Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Expanded joint recruitment programs with two consortia of peer schools – MIT and Yale, and Cornell. Columbia, Chicago, and Rice
  • Made special outreach efforts to admitted African American students in collaboration with members of the Inman Page Council; 141 African American students are intending to enroll in the Class of 2015
  • 15% of the incoming class is international, reflecting the College’s continued commitment to broadening the base of international applicants to Brown
  • 16% of the members of the class are the first in their families to attend college
  • Engineering remains the most popular intended concentration of the Class of 2015, followed by the Biological sciences, International Relations, and Economics
  • Refocused staff recruiting efforts to visit geographical areas and schools with large first generation and minority populations
  • Contacted more than 11,000 prospective minority students via direct mail with letter from President Simmons and individual follow-up from staff and students
  • Completed our second year as a member of the QuestBridge consortium, a non-profit organization that identifies college-bound, low income and first generation students and helps to connect then to consortium member schools. The program generated more than 1500 highly qualified applicants for admission to the College
  • Initiated a financial aid appeal process which enabled Brown to compete more successfully with peer schools for top students. Partially as a result of the initiative, 43% of the Class of 2015 received scholarship assistance.
  • Replaced the paper application evaluation process to a paperless, imaging environment, eliminating the need to print nearly 1.5 million pieces of paper
  • Completed the move of the public functions of the Admission Office to the new Stephen Robert ’62 Center. Admission tours and information sessions now originate from the Robert Center, improving the experience for tens of thousands of campus visitors annually
  • The admission staff played a significant role in the development of College’s new website, launched in early September 2010

Action Needed

  • Continue joint recruitment efforts with peer schools, especially those targeting low income and first generation college populations
  • Re-evaluate recruitment and matriculation strategies for students of color, particularly African American students
  • Enhance and expand outreach to first generation college students
  • Continue to carefully monitor the volatile national financial aid environment to assure the College’s policies and programs allow Brown to be competitive for the best students in the nation and the world – particularly those from middle class backgrounds
  • Continue to focus recruitment and matriculation efforts on top students, with particular emphases on scientists, international, minority, and first generation applicants
  • Complete conversion to paperless, imaging evaluation process
  • Explore most/more effective uses of social networking media

Responsible

  • Dean of the College
  • Dean of Admission

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