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Thinking about applying to Brown pre-college summer program!

suhstacysuhstacy Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2013 in Brown University
I have never done this kind of program before, so I don't know much about it.
Has anyone ever done this?
It says that I have to fill out an application. Is it going to be hard getting in? Also, for those who have ANY experiences, is this helpful or beneficial when you apply/go to college?

Thanks!!
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Replies to: Thinking about applying to Brown pre-college summer program!

  • iRunShowiRunShow Posts: 185Registered User Junior Member
    Its beneficial as it shows interest to Brown. Also, its what you make of it. When you go to Brown for the summer, you will most likely be taking a 2-3 college level courses in which you will meet Brown Professors. Make sure you get to know them and stay in touch with them as they can help you with your application process.

    Its not as difficult to get in as the real undergraduate program.
  • floatingriverfloatingriver Posts: 145Registered User Junior Member
    Summer@Brown is relatively easy to get into. Leadership at Brown is slightly more difficult, but still very manageable. I'd say Summer@Brown admits maybe 90% and Leadership admits 50% because you have an extra essay.. That's just a guess though I don't know what the numbers are.
  • big dreamerbig dreamer Posts: 2,920Registered User Senior Member
    I have done 2 Summer@Brown programs (and loved them btw!), and honestly I think it's rather easy to get into. Leadership is more difficult to get into, but I don't know exact figures. It is an awesome experience, have fun OP :)
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Posts: 709Registered User Member
    My D just was accepted to Summer at Brown. Should she take two courses? Do they charge more if you take two courses? She is, BTW, a 3.96 unweighted. I read somewhere on these pages that if you have a 3.8 you are in.....
  • fireandrainfireandrain Posts: 3,440Registered User Senior Member
    For the most part, if you can pay you are accepted. Summer@Brown is not a competitive program.

    What it tells admissions is that you can afford to pay for summer school. It does NOT tell admissions that you have interest in Brown. It does not help with admissions, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions might be a student who gets a good recommendation from a professor.

    If your ONLY reason to do Summer@Brown is for admissions to Brown, don't do it.
  • hopefullybrown15hopefullybrown15 Posts: 142Registered User Junior Member
    It's pretty easy to get into. I don't recommend doing it because you want to GET INTO BROWN because of it, but rather if you know you're interested and want to find out more firsthand. I did it last summer and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it :). It's almost like a real college experience... wayy different from a HS environment
  • suhstacysuhstacy Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    Thansks, so what if I'm not really interested in Brown but just want to get a feel for ivy college experience? If I apply for some other colleges and put this on my resume, what will they say?
  • fireandrainfireandrain Posts: 3,440Registered User Senior Member
    suhstacy, 9 times out of 10 they will say "this person has the money to go to an expensive summer program."

    If you have an experience there -- have an intellectual experience that is revelatory and changes your life or explains what you want to study in college or what you want to do as a career -- and then you write an essay about it that impresses an admissions committee, it then adds something to your application.
  • hopefullybrown15hopefullybrown15 Posts: 142Registered User Junior Member
    I think it's fine if you're going just to get more experience seeing as it won't help for much else. When I went I didn't even get a Brown professor; she was from a different not very reputable university in Boston
  • chrissybluchrissyblu Posts: 709Registered User Member
    We are using it as an opportunity to tour a number of Ivy and other schools in the East Coast, which is the principal reason for doing it. Plus, having been through this once before, I know actually visiting a school is a plus. If it comes down to you and another equally qualified candidate and you visited/spent time at the campus and the other student did not, most of the admissions counselors will say you win because you showed that "extra interest." Moreover, most of these types of campuses want to see that you actually did something with your summer... not sat around and watched t.v./played video games. That question was asked over and over of my other D on her college applications. But that something can be local. It can be working or summer school, so you don't have to spend this kind of money. Seriously, though, do you think a h.s. would teach a course called "sex, drugs and rock and roll?" I think not. Doing a program like this gives you a taste of how liberating college can be, which is very refreshing and helps you get through the annoyance that is the last two years of h.s.
  • swim2daendswim2daend Posts: 2,497Registered User Senior Member
    suhstacy, if you're really not interested in Brown, then I almost feel as if this is a summer camp to you, which is totally fine. I just don't know if I would spend tht money for something that i wasnt passionate for. idk. it doesnt help in admissions anywhere (it shows interest to an extent. Not to the same degree as regular visits do. That's why there's a "Why Brown" essay). idk. i would say do it if you want to learn more about Brown, even if you're on the fence just to get to know the area. If you have no interest, go to a program at another school that you're more interested in.
  • floatingriverfloatingriver Posts: 145Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not sure how many are offered, but Brown offers need-based scholarships on a first-come first-serve basis for Summer@Brown. My roommate there was on a full scholarship..
  • hopefullybrown15hopefullybrown15 Posts: 142Registered User Junior Member
    My friend was there on a scholarship too! They're pretty good with scholarships.
  • BiospanBiospan Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    I would definitely recommend doing Summer@Brown; it was by far one of the best experiences of my life. I met the most amazing people and had such a great time living on my own away from home. While it may not directly influence your chances of admission at Brown, I think taking a summer course in a subject area that is of interest to you can help you show your dedication. I think you can put it down for an extracurricular activity on your application as well; I did.
  • tnedifnocegelloctnedifnocegelloc Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    When you go to Brown for the summer, you will most likely be taking a 2-3 college level courses in which you will meet Brown Professors.
    Inaccurate in both its particulars.
    If I apply for some other colleges and put this on my resume, what will they say?
    They won't mind at all. In fact, there are "professional" summer session kids who go to Hopkins one summer and Yale the next and Brown the next.
    Do they charge more if you take two courses?
    That's a question better addressed to Summer@Brown, but yes, the cost has to do with which session-length you're buying how many courses.
    Is it going to be hard getting in?
    No. It's a revenue stream for Brown and the other summer programs. The aim is to keep the dorms filled year round. Very few are rejected.
    When I went I didn't even get a Brown professor
    Most summer programs don't use professors. They use grad students, adjuncts, etc. The exception at Brown is the undergrad summer term, which does accept highschoolers, who take the course alongside Brown kids. Those full-length courses are occasionally taught by Brown junior faculty.
    I would definitely recommend doing Summer@Brown; it was by far one of the best experiences of my life.
    The usual happy experience. Most everyone loves it.
    But academically you get out of it what you put in. Some kids ignore the coursework. I have spoken to an instructor who had some of her summer students texting, with their backs to the blackboard, just bored with school, while other kids in the front seats were totally engaged.
    It's the latter group that has a chance for Brown, LOL.
    Its beneficial as it shows interest to Brown.
    It confers almost no advantage at all in the admissions process (unless you get very lucky with a professorial encounter and arrange a laboratory internship or the like).
    On the other hand, it can work negatively if you misbehave. Yes, Summer@Brown kids do get expelled for breaking the rules, and the University has the record of that.
    So steer clear of the delinquents in your dorm.
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