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.

Given the continued uncertainty about how the COVID-19 pandemic will evolve in the months to come, Brown is planning for a range of different scenarios for the coming semesters and expects by July 15 to make a final decision about the planned approach for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. We ask that you check back in July for updates on New Student Orientation. Please feel free to consult Brown’s comprehensive COVID-19 response website for new information or direct any questions to [email protected].

We 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.

During New Student Orientation, you'll 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
Associate Dean and Director of Student Activities

Yolanda Rome
Associate Dean of the College for First-Year, Sophomore and First-Generation College Academic Advising

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 5/19/20