Activating Your Brown Email Account

As soon as you accept admission to Brown, you can activate your official Brown email account.  Beginning in early June, the Dean of the College Office will write to you weekly at this email address. These emails contain important information about course offerings and lotteries, academic advising, and campus life issues.  

You must activate your email account in order to receive these emails and to participate in summer course lotteries. Go to and follow the instructions provided on the site. 

To activate your electronic services, you will need your Banner identification number. This number was assigned to you when you applied for admission to Brown. You can find your Banner ID by following the steps below.

  1. Go to
  2. Log-in with the username and password the Admission Office gave you.
    If you can't remember your username and password, call 401-863-4357 (select option #3) or email
  3. Click on the “Student and Financial Aid” tab.
  4. Click on the “Registration” link.
  5. Click on the “Registration Status” link.

Your BannerID will be displayed in the upper right corner. It starts with the letter B and is nine characters long.

More information about computing on campus

Visit Computer Information Services’ website to learn more about computing life at Brown. Once you arrive on campus, you can stop by the CIS information table at the University Resource Fair. If you have questions prior to coming to campus, visit the website above or contact a Help Desk Specialist by emailing or calling 401.863.HELP (4357).