Undergraduate Student Orientation

The 2014 Orientation Schedule is now available through the mobile app Guidebook. Learn more here.



Congratulations on your admission to Brown University! Every part of our campus community—the faculty, the staff, and a legion of student peer advisors—looks forward to welcoming you on campus.  For the Orientation schedule for new first-year students entering in the Fall 2014 semester, please click below.

To see the schedule for  incoming midyear students, please click here:

Orientation, which is required for all students, begins Saturday, August 30, 2014. If you are studying at Brown on an F-1 visa, you should arrive on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to participate in international student orientation. Any student who identifies as international, regardless of citizenship or residency, is welcome to register for this special program.

We also offer free pre-Orientation programs that help students acclimate to Brown. These optional programs have limited space and require application or pre-registration. Whether you are a first-year student, a transfer or visiting student, or a Resumed Undergraduate Education student, Orientation will help you acclimate to Brown’s distinctive living and learning community.

We have planned Orientation with three primary goals in mind:

  1. To welcome student to Brown and engage them with the history, traditions and values of our community.
  2. To introduce students to the rigorous academic life of the university and the opportunities, responsibilites and resources of the Brown curriculum.
  3. To assist students in connecting with the community of their peers and the larger campus and local communities.
International students move in Wednesday, August 27, 2014
General move in for students Saturday, August 30, 2014
Orientation begins for all new students entering in the Fall
Saturday afternoon, August 30, 2014
Classes begin Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Mid-Year Orientation begins for mid-year Transfer, Visiting & Resumed Undergraduate Education Students (sample schedule here) Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm

During these beginning days, you have a unique chance to learn about the extraordinary academic and co-curricular opportunities here at Brown, and to come to understand the importance of community involvement and personal responsibility. We wish you all the best, and we look forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the fall.

Timothy Shiner
Director of Student Activities and the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center

Carol Cohen '83
Associate Dean of the College for First-Year & Sophomore Studies/
Transfer, Visiting, and Resumed Undergraduate Education Students

Maitrayee Bhattacharyya '91
Associate Dean of the College for Diversity Programs/
Transfer, Visiting, and Resumed Undergraduate Education Students

To request special services, accommodations, or assistance for move in or for any Orientation events, please contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) at SEAS@Brown.edu or 401.863.9588 as far in advance as possible.