Editor’s note: This year, Brown deferred 1,905 early decision applicants — roughly 63 percent of those who applied.
This is an updated version of a post that was published when early decision results were released in the past years. Don’t worry—we still feel your pain, we swear.
Dear Deferred ED Applicant,
Allow me to put words to your feelings. You feel like you’ve been punched in the stomach. Rather than feeling angry or upset, you’re merely resentful. You poured your heart and brain onto a page, committed yourself to a school and the image of four years in Providence, among the antiestablishment youth and the trustafarians. You waited patiently for 6 weeks, perhaps checking your account before the admissions date in the hopes that some large-scale computer glitch released decisions and you would be the primary beneficiary of a university oversight. The moment of truth came and, alas, no decision. You don’t know if you should be upset or happy you weren’t openly rejected. Rather than make a decision on you, one not unlike a choice you recently made, the University has decided to continue your wait for five months.
I’ve been there. I like to joke that the wounds are still raw four years later. Questions and decisions start running through your head, primarily whether or not Brown is still your first choice. Should you stick it to the administration for not seeing your inherent amazingness? Give them the figurative middle finger for their ambivalence and reluctance to welcome you with open arms? Don’t. Continue Reading
To the 669 newest members of the Brown Class of 2020,
A big welcome and a massive congratulations are in order! You’ve won the admissions game and for now, you can take a deep breath. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back: you were accepted from the second largest early decision cohort that Brown has ever received (3,030 people to be exact). You come from 31 different nations and 38 U.S. states.
You’re supposedly coming to Brown to study bioengineering, business, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior, international relations, biochemistry, biology, neuroscience, economics, computer science, and English; but from there, you’ll probably change your concentration at least twice (trust us). We are so excited to meet you and show you the things and people that make this place unbelievably special.
From now on, we’ll be your go-to source for all things Brown-relevant. We’re your new, cool big sibling and we’re taking you under our wing (seriously, you’re already making us feel old!!!). Check in with us to know what’s abuzz on campus.
We’ll be waiting with bated breath for your arrival. <3
For more information on the Early Decision Class of 2020, click here.
At 5:00 p.m. today, decisions for the 3,016 early applicants to Brown became available on the Brown website. Commence the stalking of current high school seniors’ Facebooks!
To the new members of the Class of 2019, we’d love to invite you to get to know us so you can learn more about life at Brown. We can’t wait to see you in the fall. The most incredible four years await you.
All our love,
Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a previous post that went up two years ago, 24 hours before early decisions were released. These tips and tricks worked amazingly well for prospective students back in 2012 (and, not to mention, for all of us when we applied), and they’ll work well for you now. Take heed. Good luck!
Dear Brown 2019 Early Decision applicants,
We’ve been there. Those 24 hours before college decisions go viral are the most excruciating hours of everyone’s high school career. You’d think applying early decision to a school would make the wait a little less painful, but it’s a college admissions rite of passage everyone must go through… and it sucks. It’s also very easy to be overwhelmed by the thrill of it all— the reminder e-mails from admissions officers (as if you haven’t had the date marked on the calendar since the moment you submitted your application), the nagging calls from distant family members (just because you haven’t talked to them since last Christmas doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten how to be overly intrusive) and the thought that your future will be decided in the coming hours (I guess there’s always Harvard…).
But you can’t let it get to you. Life will go on, regardless of the decision you receive at 5:00 p.m. EST. Keep repeating that to yourself as you decide how to spend the next hours before you get the fateful e-mail. You might be compelled to do certain things, like cry your eyes out to James Blunt (is he still relevant?) or bash your head into a wall, that you will surely regret the day after. As a former ED applicant, I will impart some of my wisdom to you, the stressed-out high schooler, for what not to do on the big day. (Author’s note: Some of these tips are based on actual events. Do not judge me.) Continue Reading
At 5 p.m. today, decisions for the 2,957 early applicants to Brown became available on the Brown website. Commence the stalking of current high school seniors’ Facebooks! We can’t wait to see you in the fall. The most incredible four years await you.