For Parents

Community Events and Support Resources

We are deeply saddened by the death of a Brown University graduate student March 31st. This is a difficult moment for our community, and we realize that many faculty, students, and staff have been affected in different ways by this tragic loss. Parents and families may wish to know of the notifications sent to the campus community in case your student mentions this tragic event. Please know of the many sources of support available to students which are listed in these notices. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also has Tips for parents after a tragedy, as well as two documents we have available to students: Normal reactions to tragic events, and Supporting yourself and others.

April 1 deadline for semester 4 (sophomore) students to declare a concentration

In their second year, students make key decisions about the focus of their studies. Specifically, they declare a concentration (or "major") by the middle of the fourth semester. Check out brown.edu/go/focalpoint for information about all available concentrations, as well as what alumni have done with those concentrations. Sophomore advising meetings naturally include discussion about course selection in relation to possible concentrations. The process of declaring a concentration --which occurs both on-line and in conversation with faculty in the intended department -- may begin as early as a student is ready to do so, but must be completed before pre-registration for the fifth semester's classes. Students log into an online portal to record their Course Plan (which courses in which semesters to satisfy concentration requirements) and write an essay about Why this concentration, What I am doing with my liberal learning at Brown, and How I am improving my writing.

Residence Halls close @ noon, May 16

Students received email from Residential Life that all residence halls close at noon on Saturday, May 16, 2015,  except for graduating seniors. Students with extenuating circumstances that require housing past May 16 (e.g., enrollment in a RISD course) may request extended housing -- requests due May 4, form on the Residential Life website requires Brown log in. Residence halls close for graduating seniors at noon, Monday, May 25, 2015.

Commencement | May 24, 2015

Information about Commencement Weekend 2015 is available at brown.edu/commencement.

Communications about sexual assault

On January 22, President Paxson wrote to all students, faculty, and staff about progress made over winter break to implement the near-term recommendations from the Interim Report of The Task Force on Sexual Assault. This communication was forwarded by email to parents, and may be read in full on the President's website. New initiatives include a  Sexual Misconduct & Title IX website, and changes implemented in the student conduct processes.

Living @ Brown: Financial Considerations

As a result of conversations with students, we have published a new document in fall 2014. Living @ Brown: Financial Considerations  is available in English, en Español,  在中國, 在中国.

Year at a Glance

Download a Year at a Glance document from the Important Dates page.

Safety at Brown

The Safety at Brown website provides summary information about safety-related services, tools, policies, and best practices that will help protect members of the Brown community.


This site is a joint effort of the offices of Campus Life, the Dean of the College, and the Parent Program in Advancement.