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. 

The pre-Orientation 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 [email protected]
Mosaic+ Transition Program 401.863.7611 [email protected]
Third World Transition Program 401.863.2120 [email protected]
International Orientation 401.863.6397 [email protected]

New Scientist Catalyst Program

Application Due Max Attendance Program Dates
October 11, 2020 15 October 26 - November 13, 2020

 The New Scientist-Catalyst (NS-Catalyst) program is a uniquely blended academic and orientation program for newly admitted students of all backgrounds who are committed to increasing the representation of historically underserved groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program begins with an introductory 3-week online academic course that focuses on developing science concepts, problem solving, and learning skills. Through group activities and discussions online, you will be introduced to other incoming students in your cohort. The whole experience is meant to empower students in their pursuit of science and set them on the path to be future dynamic members of the New Scientist Collective, an academic year program focused on building community. The program runs October 26-November 13.

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Mosaic+ Transition Program

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
October 11, 2020 15 October 26 - November 13, 2020

The Mosaic+ Transition Program is a year-long mentorship and peer-support program that welcomes newly admitted underrepresented minority students to Brown University’s Computer Science department. 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. Students will experience an exciting mix of technical, community-oriented, fun activities and tasks to help prepare them for the rigors of computer science. The 3-week online, virtual pre-orientation program will be held during the fall semester, starting Monday October 26 until Friday November 13, 2020, and includes both asynchronous CS lessons and synchronous activities, workshops, info-sessions and talks. For more information on the Mosaic+ community, visit

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The Third World Transition Program (TWTP)

Application Due Max Attendance Program Dates

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

International Orientation equips students with a structure and toolkit for their success in Brown’s community. From ice-breaker games with mentor groups to important immigration info sessions, IO is a space constructed for and by international students. Information will be posted on the IMP Orientation site as it is updated.