Brown University presents applicants with prompts to three supplemental essay questions. Here are some tips at how you can answer each one:
Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it. (250 words)
The goal of this question is for an admissions officer to better understand your academic interests and gauge your fit within Brown’s various departments. What specific academic offerings interest you at Brown? Maybe it is a specific program, subject area or class. Describe why or how you became interested in this subject matter, and how do you hope to further explore it at Brown? Brown, in particular, has a very unique academic curriculum and works well for a specific type of student. You’ll want to make sure that it will be a good fit for you academically and, if so, tell them why with your response.
At Brown, you will learn as much from your peers outside the classroom as in academic spaces. How will you contribute to the Brown community? (250 words)
Universities are constantly trying to assess fit in the same way their applicants are. Craft a thoughtful and honest response here. If Brown is your top choice, then this answer should come easily. If you find yourself struggling to answer this question, then it’s likely you haven’t done your due diligence on researching the school. Tell them why exactly your specific interests will align with the student body and community you’ve observed in your research.
Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective? (250 words)
Here’s a chance to give admission officers some insight into how and where you grew up. Were you grounded in the same area? Or did you travel around a lot? Maybe you lived in an area that was heavily influenced by culture, or maybe you lived in a small town where all your neighbors knew each other. Was it diverse or homogeneous? Make sure to discuss how you felt growing up in this community and how it influenced the person you are today.
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