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FAQ for Prospective, Admitted and Incoming Students: 

As communities across the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know each of our applicants and admitted students are experiencing unprecedented circumstances. For many of you, your final semester in undergrad or final months at work before returning to grad school, are taking monumental shifts. In our Office of Admissions & Recruitment, we are similarly navigating these temporary new norms. Our priority it to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about attending graduate school, and we’re thinking creatively about how to connect with you and keep introducing you to our outstanding community. 


Below, you’ll find answers to some questions that may be on your mind. If we didn’t field your question here, send it to us at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Q. I would like to visit campus before I make a decision. What are my options?

A: We wish we could welcome you to campus for a personalized visit. While access to campus is limited, we would be glad to schedule virtual visits, however, where you can request to talk to faculty, administrators and current students over Zoom, Skype, phone or similar platform. You can schedule a virtual visit via this online form. In addition, we’d encourage you to watch our playlist of Virtual Information Session. As additional virtual opportunities arise—and once our campus visit program re-opens—we’ll be sure to communicate with you via email. As always, you can reach the Admissions & Recruitment staff, and our team of student ambassadors, by emailing 

Until we open campus again, you may also want to look at the virtual campus tour. The tour covers the entire Danforth Campus (and parts of St. Louis).

Q. Are you extending your enrollment decision deadline?

A. If you anticipate any issues with enrolling by the May 1 deadline, please reach out to your dedicated admissions officer directly. You’ll find their contact information in your admissions letter. 

Q. When can I take proficiency exams?

A. Our current plan is to continue offering proficiency exams on their previously scheduled dates. Any changes will be reflected on the website. Students who have registered for exams that have already been cancelled will also receive follow-up via phone/email. 

Q. Will Admitted Students Weekend be rescheduled?

A. While we do not anticipate rescheduling Admitted Students Weekend, we are thinking creatively about how we can translate some sessions into virtual experiences. We will communicate these opportunities via email. 

Q. Will the application process change?

A. We have not implemented any changes to the application process. For this, you can proceed as normal. We know some students may face new barriers in English Language Proficiency exam testing. Should this apply to you, we encourage you to reach out to us directly. 

Q. Will there be a delay in my application being reviewed?

A. We don’t anticipate any delays in the application review process. You can expect to receive an admissions decision within 4-6 week of submitting your completed application. 

Q. What's the schedule going forward? Do you know about the timeline of future events such as the Advanced Standing Bridge Course, Orientation, and the start of fall classes?

A. We have every intention to begin classes on time and without delays. However, given the circumstances, we know we cannot fully anticipate how the future will look. We can assure you this: should dates need to be adjusted, we will communicate with you early and often.

Q. As an international student, will this slow down the review of my DCOF documentation?

A. We are continuing to review and process DCOF documents as normal. While we are unable to ship I-20s at this time, we will send you the SEVIS number so you can proceed with the visa interview as your embassy's allow. 

Q. My GRE test was cancelled due to test closure. Can I apply to the MPH without a GRE?

A. The GRE recently announced it would begin a "GRE at Home" option throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brown School will accept all GREs take through this option as an official GRE score.

Q. I am a graduating senior, and my university is offering that we can take my classes Pass/Fail in the Spring 2020 semester. If I take my classes Pass/Fail, will it impact my admissibility or review of my final transcript?

A. Classes taken pass/fail will have no negative impact on admissibility or review of your final transcript; the Brown School will accept Pass/Fail grades. Remember, that in the spirit of our holistic review process, GPA is only one considered factor for assessing admissions. 

Q. I'm applying as an Advanced Standing MSW student. In Spring 2020, the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) reduced my required practicum hours. Will this impact whether I receive credit for my foundation-level practicum at the Brown School?

A. This will not impact your advanced standing status at the Brown School. So long as you complete all requirements assigned by your undergrad and in compliance with CSWE, and receive a passing grade, then the Brown School will accept this as your foundation-level practicum.

Q. What is the Brown School doing in response to the COVID-19 epidemic? 

A. You can learn more about the Brown School's COVID-19 response plan online