Brown reclassifies undocumented immigrants as domestic applicants

Brown will treat undocumented and DACA students the same as domestic applicants during admissions. | File photo
Brown University will treat first-time, first-year undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status applicants in the same manner as domestic applicants.
 
“We seek to ensure that undocumented and DACA-status students who have been raised and educated in this country and apply for admission to Brown are treated fairly and equitably,” Brown University Provost Richard Locke said. “This approach is consistent with our core values and with Brown’s commitment to advancing knowledge and discovery by attracting and supporting the most talented and promising students and scholars to campus.”
 
This decision sees Brown join a growing number of universities treating undocumented and DACA students the same as domestic applicants during admissions. First-time, first-year undocumented students and DACA students will now fall under Brown’s need-blind admission policy, as opposed to the need-aware process that applies to international and transfer students.
 
“Regardless of background, country of origin or citizenship status, Brown aims to prepare every student for a productive, purposeful and fulfilling life after college,” Dean Maud Mandel said. “These modifications will help us to achieve our goals of ensuring that every student can benefit from a Brown education and contribute fully as active and engaged members of the community.”

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