Brown University

private university in Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Brown University is an American private research university in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a member of the Ivy League. It was founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, early in the reign of King George III (1760–1820) and before American independence from the British Empire. It was founded by the Brown brothers, who were slave traders.[6][7][8][9] Brown is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England and seventh oldest in the United States.[10]

Brown University
MottoIn Deo Speramus (Latin)
Motto in English
"In God We Hope"[1]
TypePrivate research university
EstablishedSeptember 15, 1764; 259 years ago (1764-09-15)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$6.6 billion (2023)[2]
Budget$1.28 billion (2023)[3]
PresidentChristina Paxson
ProvostFrancis J. Doyle III
Academic staff
595 medical students[4]
Location, ,
United States

41°49′34″N 71°24′11″W / 41.82611°N 71.40306°W / 41.82611; -71.40306
CampusMidsize city, 143 acres (0.58 km2)
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Brown Daily Herald
ColorsSeal Brown, Cardinal Red, and White[5]
Sporting affiliations
MascotBruno the Bear
Memorial Park at Brown University

Brown is ranked as the 14th national university behind Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, University of Chicago, Duke, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Caltech, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern. Brown was the first college in the country to accept students of any religion.[11]

It is the second last ranked Ivy League University with Cornell being the last.


  1. "Brown University Admission Facts and Figures". Brown University. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. As of October 18, 2023. "Positive investment return positions Brown endowment to advance support for academic priorities". Brown University. 18 October 2023. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  3. "Brown sees 2.2% increase in net assets, 2.7% return on endowment in 2023 fiscal year". The Brown Daily Herald.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Brown at a Glance". Brown University. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  5. "Brown Bears 2012 Style Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. "John Brown (1736-1803) Papers". Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts Division. 1995. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. "John Brown". Gaspee Virtual Archives. April 2013 [originally posted 2003]. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  8. The Charter of Brown University (PDF), Providence, RI: Brown University, 1945, retrieved 27 January 2015
  9. "Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice" (PDF). Brown University. October 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  10. "Encyclopedia Brunoniana | Bicentennial celebration". Brown University. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  11. "Get to Know Us: Our History". Brown University Admission Office.