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

New Scientist Catalyst Program

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 17, 2016 15 Sunday, 8/21 - Monday, 8/29

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). NS-Catalyst begins with an intensive three-week academic, online course, then students convene on campus for a one-week pre-orientation prior to the start of the freshmen academic year. Students learn about Brown’s science departments, campus life and resources, as well as engage in academic and leadership building activities. The experience is meant to empower students in their pursuit of science and as 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/.

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

Mosaic+ Program

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 17, 2016 15 Sunday, 8/21 - Monday, 8/29

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 http://cs.brown.edu/people/orgs/mosaic+/summer/.

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

Excellence at Brown

Registration Due Max Attendance Program Dates
Friday, June 17, 2016 130 Sunday, 8/28 - Friday, 9/2

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 17, 2016 200 Tuesday, 8/30 - Friday, 9/2

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 the ‘-isms’ 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 Brown Center for Students of Color's website.


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

  • International Orientation is held at the same time as Brown’s pre-orientation programs. While all international students are expected to arrive on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to participate in International Orientation, international students do have the choice to apply to pre-Orientation programs. For example, those accepted into Excellence have the option to participate in both Excellence and International Orientation, participating first in Excellence and then joining International Orientation when it begins.
  • International students on a visa and participating in TWTP or the full Excellence program, a schedule will be provided that includes joining International Orientation for several required sessions.
  • If students participate in NS-Catalyst or Mosaic+, because of the program dates, they must also participate in either Excellence, TWTP or International Orientation, as well.