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Nov. 23rd, 2008

Brown is pretty much the dream fo me but as usual there is a catch. Im an international student. Im currently doing my A Levels. 

 My final grades are slated to be excellent and I have the right extra currics and Im fairly certain I can write a decent essay. While my transcripts up to grade 11 are stellar, my final two years show poor terms grades. Does this completely nix my chances of admission?

 Can a good SAT score and good end results, paired with essays that show my passion outweigh the negative set backs of a despicable term report? If I cite my genuine personal problems will I sound like a brown noser [ pardon the pun] or just someone who honestly had a tough time and it affected their grades? Beign a student from across the globe means Im already disadvantaged for a spot, can you tell me how much this will adversely affect my chances?

 Any response will be welcome. Thank you. And for those of you who are already there, I have to ask-Is the campus pretty? As an architects daughter I simply must know. 



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Nov. 23rd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
If I cite my genuine personal problems will I sound like a brown noser [ pardon the pun] or just someone who honestly had a tough time and it affected their grades?

Depends on what the reasons are. If they're serious things that would affect anyone's grades (i.e. recovering in hospital from severe injuries), I'm guessing that the university would take that into account. If it's "I was in a funk because my partner broke up with me," probably not so much. The important thing is to explain to them why the personal problem that adversely impacted your grades is one that will no longer be adversely impacting your grades in the future... i.e. what has changed recently to help you once again become at Brown the stellar student that you were up through 11th grade?

But good extracurrics and SATs will help.

Yes, the campus is lovely... nice buildings in different period styles, and the surrounding neighborhoods have many historic homes, including lots of large old Victorians.
Nov. 23rd, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
The circumstances to which I am referring were the death of my uncle with whom I loved. It as devasting for me- as much losing a parent would be for anyone else.

What got me out of the slump was the slow but steady recovery from grief and the knowledge that he of all people would have wanted me to do my best. Is that a stupid reason?

I genuinely want to know. Thanks very much for the help. It is a lovely campus? How nice to know!
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Maybe explain briefly how much he was an influence in your life, and what steps you are taking to remedy the slump. If you can document his passing (attach a copy of one of: death certificate, obituary, funeral home note), that might help to bolster your assertion. Condolences on his loss...
Nov. 23rd, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
brown's campus is beautiful! it's what convinced me to end up actually going there.

as for your chances of getting in... if you are rich, your chances are better.
Nov. 23rd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Im basically selecting unis on the basis of their campus. I think its a very important factor.

How would my chances increase if Im rich? Would they trace my family financial documents for traces of affluence?
Nov. 23rd, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I think at one point Brown was not "need-blind" to international students. I know for a fact that they didn't provide financial aid to international students. (i.e. They would consider whether or not the applicant could AFFORD to come to Brown before admitting them.) Their policies may have changed at some point, but I'm not up to date on this. It may be worth looking into if you are thinking about applying. Tuition plus room and board puts your bill over $40,000 per year.

Brown does have a lovely campus, especially in spring and fall. The dorms, depending on where you live, sometimes leave a little bit to be desired. However, I think wherever you go you're going to find people complaining about their rooms. ;-)

Good luck.
Nov. 24th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you've done some research about Brown, but please check out the Admissions website. In the past couple of years, the Office of Admissions has really revamped their portion of the Brown website and there are a huge number of amazing things you can find - there's a virtual tour of campus (with 360 degree views), there are undergraduates who are online and chat real-time and also via email, and some very good informational packages available.
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