Undergraduate Student Orientation


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. 

The Orientation schedules for new students entering in the Fall 2016 will be available mid-summer. To view last year's schedule, please click here: 

The Orientation schedule for January 2017 mid-year transfer, visiting, and resumed undergraduate education students is available in the late fall. To view the 2016 schedule, please click here:

Early Information for Fall 2016
Orientation, which is required for all students, begins Saturday, September 3, 2016. If you are studying at Brown on an F-1 visa, you should arrive on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 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 Fall 2016 Wednesday, August 31, 2016
General move in for students Fall 2016 Saturday, September 3, 2016
Orientation begins for all new students entering in the Fall
Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2016
Fall Classes begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Mid-Year Orientation begins for mid-year Transfer, Visiting & Resumed Undergraduate Education Students Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 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
Senior Associate Dean of the College for Class Advising/Health and Personal Issues

Maitrayee Bhattacharyya '91
Associate Dean of the College for Diversity Programs

Julie Lee
Assistant Dean of the College for Academic Support & Transfer

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.