Arrival and Orientation

Orientation introduces students to Brown's open curriculum and the learning experiences it makes possible. It also helps students build community and form lasting friendships. For these reasons, all new students are required to participate in Orientation.

Brown also offers International Orientation, which all students studying at Brown on an F-1 visa are required to attend, and a few optional pre-orientation programs that help students acclimate to Brown. Click on the links at left for more information about these programs, some of which require advance application.

During Orientation, look for students wearing OWC t-shirts. They belong to the Orientation Welcoming Committee, and they will be happy to guide you and answer your questions.

Brown has committed to sustainability across campus.  The Brown is Green initiative has a website that will help you to start going green from the moment you arrive.

Brown students, faculty, and staff look forward to greeting and assisting you when you arrive this fall.

Unexpected Travel Needs

If  you have an unexpected need to arrive on campus prior to Orientation move in due to weather or other factors, please email the Office of Residential Life at [email protected] with specific information about your situation. 

Late Arrivals

For instructions on after-hours room admission and picking up your room key and ID, check the Orientation Schedule when available on the Orientation homepage. The Residential Life telephone number is (401) 863-3500. If you have more specific needs or questions, Brown Public Safety to contact an Administrator on Call on your behalf.