The academic year at Brown University consists of two semesters, each of which is approximately fifteen weeks in length as well as a 7 week for-credit Summer Session. The semester course is the unit of credit. This is defined as a course taken for the duration of one semester and, for purposes of evaluation, may be considered the approximate equivalent of four semester hours.

For additional information regarding the types of courses that are offered, registration guidelines and procedures, grading policies please visit those sections of the site.

Standard Meeting Times

During the fall & spring semesters classes are typically scheduled in standard meeting times that meet either 3 days per week for 50 minutes each; 2 days per week for 1 hour and 20 minutes each; or seminar courses that meet 1 day per week for 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are instances in which a department will offer courses on a non-standard time schedule but it is discouraged as it limits student choice so this is typically found at the advanced undergraduate or graduate levels. The link below is a visual representation of Brown's standard meeting patterns.

Standard Meeting Time Grid