Undergraduate, Transfer, Visiting & RUE 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. Take a look at what we have planned for your arrival.

Fall 2019 Orientation will take place Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Please note the following location changes:

The Dance Orientation will take place in Alumnae Hall, Friday, September 6th.

The Brown's Got Talent event will take place in Salomon 101, Friday, September 6th

Information for Fall 2019

Orientation, which is required for all students, begins Saturday, August 31, 2019. If you are studying at Brown on an F-1 visa, you will arrive on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 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, transfer, visiting or Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) 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 students 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, responsibilities, and resources within Brown's curriculum.
  3. To assist students in connecting with their peers, the larger campus and local communities.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 International students move in Fall 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019 General move in for students Fall 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019,
in the afternoon 
Orientation begins for all new students entering in the Fall
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Fall Classes begin
Sunday, January 19, 2020,
at 2:00pm
Midyear Orientation begins for Transfer, Visiting & Resumed Undergraduate Education Students

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.

Joie Steele
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
Senior Associate Dean of the College for Diversity and Inclusion

Julie Lee
Associate Dean of the College for Academic Support and 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 [email protected] or 401.863.9588 as far in advance as possible.

Last updated 5/1/2019