Pre-Orientation Programs

Brown offers free pre-Orientation programs that help students acclimate to Brown. These optional programs have limited space and require application or pre-registration. In general students may only participate in one program. Guidance on exceptions can be found at the bottom of this page.*

The pre-Orientation period programs advance the mission of orientation by providing deeper engagement with:

  • Particular angles of history, traditions, and values at Brown/in Providence
  • Knowledge/skills, networks, and frameworks for particular interests or disciplines -- e.g., community engagement, STEM, writing, etc.
  • A community of peers with common interests
Program Phone Email
New Scientist Catalyst 401.863.5176 nsp@brown.edu
Mosaic+ Transition Program 401.863.7611 laura_dobler@brown.edu
Bonner Community Fellows Program 401.863.2338 swearer_center@brown.edu
Excellence at Brown 401.863.9800 writing_center@brown.edu
Third World Transition Program 401.863.1184 twtp@brown.edu
International Orientation 401.863.6397 imp@brown.edu

New Scientist Catalyst Program

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 15, 2018 15 Saturday, 8/18 - Saturday, 8/25

 The New Scientist-Catalyst (NS-Catalyst) summer program is a uniquely blended academic and orientation program for newly admitted students from groups traditionally underrepresented* in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program begins with an intensive 3-week academic, online course, followed by a 1-week on campus session. Students participate in leadership and community building activities. The whole experience is meant to empower URMS in their pursuit of science and set them on the path to be the future dynamic members of the New Scientist Collective (NSC). For more information about the program and application, please visit brown.edu/academics/new-scientist-program/.

*African Americans/Blacks, LatinX, Chicanos,  Alaska Natives, Chicanos, Hawaiian Natives, Indigenous (Indian) American, Pacific Islanders

NS-Catalyst participants must also participate in Excellence, TWTP or International Orientation.

Mosaic+ Transition Program

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Monday, June 25, 2018 15 Sunday, 8/19 - Saturday, 8/25

Ending the summer with a resounding BANG, the Mosaic+ program welcomes newly admitted underrepresented minority students to Brown University with an exciting introduction to Computer Science. Over the course of this activity-packed pre-orientation program, Mosaic+ exposes new students to the meaningful opportunities and exciting challenges that await in Brown's computer science department and the world of technology beyond. For more information about the program and the application process, visit https://mosaicplus.github.io/.

Mosaic+ participants must also participate in Excellence, TWTP or International Orientation.

Bonner Community Fellows Program

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 15, 2018 40 Friday, 8/24 - Friday, 8/31

The Bonner Community Fellows Program aims to support students who will link their passion for social justice and community engagement with their academic and career goals over their four years at Brown. The pre-season is intended to welcome incoming first years into the new cohort of Bonner Community Fellows and will include workshops focused on topics such as: the history and relationship between Brown and Providence; how to work thoughtfully in community partners, what it means to be a Bonner at Brown. We’ll have time built in for students to meet with student leaders and community partners in Providence before beginning their time as Bonners during the year. For more information, visit: https://www.brown.edu/academics/college/special-programs/public-service/bonner-community-fellows.


Excellence at Brown

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 15, 2018 125 Saturday, 8/25 - Friday, 8/31

Excellence at Brown is an intensive five-day seminar program that orients incoming students to Brown’s academic and campus culture. The program includes five classes taught by distinguished Brown professors from a range of academic disciplines. Short reading assignments serve as the basis for seminar discussions, and students work one-on-one with graduate-student staff at Brown’s Writing Center to review the elements of successful academic writing across the curriculum. Social programming helps students build community and learn about Brown’s campus. By the time Orientation begins, students feel ready to immerse themselves in Brown’s rich living and learning environment. For more information, visit the Excellence at Brown website.

The Third World Transition Program (TWTP)

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 22, 2018 200 Tuesday, 8/28 - Friday, 8/31

TWTP is a community-building program that promotes interracial understanding. TWTP helps entering students identify and increase their awareness of issues encountered by minority students in a predominantly white institution. It gives students the opportunity to understand and discuss social identities while learning about the resources available at the University. These discussions are carried forward throughout the year through discussions with Minority Peer Counselors in the residence halls and at the Brown Center for Students of Color. TWTP is open to all students, but space is limited. More information is about TWTP is available on the TWTP website.

International Orientation


*Exceptions to the 'one program per student' rule:

International Orientation

While all international students are expected to arrive on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 to participate in International Orientation, international students do have the choice to apply to pre-Orientation programs.

  • For example, those accepted into Excellence at Brown have the option to participate in both Excellence and International Orientation, participating first in Excellence, and then joining International Orientation when it begins.

A schedule will be provided that accommodates international students on a visa and participating in TWTP or the full Excellence program, with required International Orientation sessions.

NS-Catalyst or Mosaic+

Students participating in NS-Catalyst or Mosaic+ must also participate in either Excellence, TWTP or International Orientation, as well.

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