How to get into Brown University

Recorded Monday, October 4 at 10:30 PM

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About this livestream

School information

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University is one of the nation’s premier higher education institutions. An Ivy League in New England, it offers students that elite East Coast education that most picture when they are applying to college. With the guidance of CollegeVine’s own Brown alumnus Shane Niesen, Elias will be hosting an informative and in-depth livestream on how you can better your chances of admission to this university.

Come prepared with all of your questions around admissions, essays, student life, and more as Elias walks you through optimizing your application to Brown.

School information

Brown University

Providence, RI
Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

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0:00@mi0ne:Has the livestream started yet?
0:00@abcs: Have you started? I’m having trouble getting in…
4:58@Sonyab9:Is it different for harvard?
10:07@ManavThakkar:Hello I am from California!
10:12@mi0ne:Hey, I am tuning in from Portland, OR!
14:16@alitton22:Hey guys! I am from Southwest Virginia :) So excited to be here
14:28@ManavThakkar:I can be really talkative but I dont want to be rude!
14:32@Sonyab9:if you apply early decision or early action are you more likely to get in?
14:53@LH2022:New Jersey here. When schools (e.g. Brown) say they don't track demonstrated interest, is this really true? Do they not track online activity, websites visited, virtual sessions attended, etc?
16:11@lctara:Being an open curriculum is it better to be very clear to have a 4-year undergrad plan?
16:29@ManavThakkar:What do you recommned to do to help us stand out?
20:14@lctara:Does College Vine expect that people will continue to apply in such high numbers this year?
23:08@Balanay:Can you pls discuss recommendations on what to convey in the 2 minute video?
23:40@ManavThakkar:Is it expected to continue as a trend?
40:45@ddnyc:do most schoolds use an academic index as an initial screen?
40:56@mi0ne:I'm interested in concentrating in political science and sociology!
40:58@alitton22:Senior here!
41:13@jlividini:Weighted GPA vs. unweighted?
41:27@ManavThakkar:If we have outstanding stuff to high school but we have a like a 3.78 is that okay?
41:52@Kater:How binding is the Early Decision process in Brown with regards to financial aid?
43:39@Fromtexas:Do they superstore your test
43:51@Kater:How binding is the Early Decision process at Brown with regards to financial aid?
43:57@lctara:Are the high scores assoc. because they are self-selected ie. students who submit are the ones who have higher scores.
44:08@mi0ne:What does Brown look for when building an undergrad class?
53:26@alitton22:Yes, definitely! Very well said, lol
56:45@ddnyc:I believe it is clear, i.e. Have a clear story about your strength and interest, rather than being a well-rounded generalist. Is that correct?
58:55@ManavThakkar:It is very confusing sometimes with the grammar, whats your advice?
61:44@ManavThakkar:@PriyaDesai Sort of Both
72:13@ManavThakkar:If this is our primary choice and our unweighted GPA is not that high, its better to apply in ED right? And we can only apply to ED in one college right?
75:04@ManavThakkar:Dont worry Ill be back on wednesday
75:34@lctara:Thank you.
75:47@ManavThakkar:Thank you!


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