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The Brown University Student to Faculty Ratio & Faculty Composition

Does Brown have a good student to faculty ratio?

Use the student to faculty ratio, as well as the faculty composition to get an idea of how much attention you'll receive as an individual student at Brown .

Excellent Student to Faculty Ratio

Student to faculty ratio is a common metric used to gauge the number of teaching resources a school provides for its students. With 6 students for every one instructional faculty member, Brown University ranks among the best colleges when compared to the national average of 15.

Breakdown of Instructional Staff

The following table shows all the employees the school considers instructional, and therefore, part of the above student-to-faculty ratio. These include both those employees designated as either "primarily instructional" or as "instructional combined with research/public service". It does not include employees that have been identified by Brown University as primarily performing research or public service.

TotalFull TimePart TimePercent Full Time
Total of Instructional Employees96586210389.3%
Total of Those With Faculty Status9358597691.9%
Tenured Faculty552552-100.0%
On Tenure Track141141-100.0%
Not on Tenure Track2421667668.6%
Without Faculty Status3032710.0%
Graduate Assistants457-457-

Do You Like Being Taught by Full-Time Teachers? Then You're Picking the Right School.

Brown University's utilization of full-time teaching staff ranks among the highest in the nation, with 89.0% of instructors employed full time.

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Not Many Adjunct Teachers Here

At Brown University , only 11.0% of the teaching staff are part-time non-faculty or non-tenure track faculty. This use of adjuncts is far below the national average of 51.4%, which could be indicative of Brown University's commitment to building a strong, long-term instructional team.

Colleges often use part-time professors and adjuncts to teach courses, rather than full-time faculty. This hiring practice is primarily a way to save money amid increasingly tight budgets. However, it is a controversial practice with strong views on either side. We encourage you to understand this topic more deeply, and how the colleges you are interested in approach faculty hiring. It's your education and your money on the line. Make sure you know what you are getting for it.

Additional Information

You May End Up Getting Taught by a Grad Assistant

Brown University has 457 instructional graduate assistants that teach or provide teaching-related duties. These responsibilities could range from entirely teaching lower-level courses themselves, to assisting professors by developing teaching materials, preparing or giving exams and grading student work. We suggest you ask the college to what extent graduate assistants are relied on for instruction, so you know what you are paying for.

Additionally, the school has 376 non-instructional graduate assistants.

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