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For students currently in grades 9-12

Learn Online with Brown this Summer

Brown’s Online Pre-College Courses are a great way to experience Ivy League academics, explore challenging subjects, and engage with students from around the world – enthusiastic, creative and accomplished students like you.

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Online courses – distinctively Brown

Brown’s online courses are rigorous, active learning experiences designed and led by world-class Brown instructors. Each week, you will engage in intellectual discussion and complete assignments designed to inspire curiosity and discovery.

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Brown’s online courses are asynchronous, which means students are not required to log in at a set time to accommodate busy academic and extracurricular schedules. You can access your coursework anytime, anywhere. When you complete your weekly assignments and coursework is up to you.

College-Level Achievement

Brown’s online courses are rigorous, and students engage in academic inquiry at the level of first-year undergraduate study. Summer courses require students to commit 10+ hours per week to complete their coursework and assignments.

Please note: Students do not receive college credit for completing Brown University’s online pre-college courses.

Brown awards a Certificate of Completion to those students who instructors identify as having met all course requirements. In addition, all students enrolled in courses three weeks or longer receive a Course Performance Report, in which the instructor outlines the content of the course and evaluates the student’s performance.

To be successful, we invite you to review the Strategies for Online Learning Success.

Summer 2014 Online Courses

Beginning June 18 (enrollment period closed)

Biomedical Engineering: Design of Tissue-Engineered Materials »

STEAMstudio: Design Projects »

Beginning July 9 (enrollment period closes June 30)

Lessons in Leadership: What History’s Great Leaders Can Teach Us Today »

DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine »

Storytelling in the Digital Age »

Developing Young Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Pitch »

Writing for College and Beyond »

Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems »

Materials Engineering: Using Nanotechnology to Design a Space Elevator »

Renewable Energy: Wind Turbine Design »

Beginning July 16 (enrollment period closes July 7)

Body at Work: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease »

So You Want to Be a Doctor? »

Beginning July 23 (enrollment period closes July 14)

Writing for College and Beyond »


Winter 2015

Exploring Engineering (a free MOOC for pre-college students!)
Enrollment opens in January.

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