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Admitted Students Guide

Orientation

For all Graduate Students
Friday, September 1, 2017

For International Students
Thursday, August 24 - Friday, August 25, 2017

Graduate Student of Color Orientation (participation is optional)
Monday, August 28, 2017

New Student Email Communications
See the email logs for communications to new students. The first several emails will go to your personal account, after June 1, subsequent emails will be sent to your Brown account.

What to do now

By June 1
See your personal email for instructions and your Brown ID needed to activate your Brown account. For issues, contact the Center for Information Technology Help Desk

After activation, we recommend you:

  1. Add a mobile number to Banner. This allows you to reset your Brown password should you forget it, and also ensures you are notified should an emergency occur at Brown. To do this, log in to selfservice.brown.edu and click Personal Information.
  2. Log in to your email. You can simply visit gmail.com and log in with your Brown email address and the password you chose for Google services.
  3. Setup Two-Step Verification. The first time you log in to a Brown service like Banner, you will be prompted to set up a means of verification, such as a phone number. You can log into MyAccount after setup to add additional devices or phone numbers. Read more about two-step verification at brown.edu/go/twostep
    Note for international students: International numbers are acceptable and they should be entered with a + in front of the country code. If you don't plan to get a US cell phone once in the country, you can use the smartphone app, print a sheet of bypass codes from MyAccount, or pick up a token from the IT Service Center.

Optional. 
Explore housing optionsGraduate student housing applications open in March.

Read more about Brown University Graduate School: Deans and staff, governance, where we are on social media, and the Graduate Student Council.

What to do before you arrive on campus

By July 1
Submit required health related documentation and learn more about your health services while at Brown. 

By July 31
Learn about your health insurance coverage while at Brown. Waive coverage if you are currently enrolled in a plan with comparable coverage.

By August 1
Visit the Applicant and Student section on Banner to submit your photo

By August 15
Complete the Academic Code & Code of Student Conduct tutorial as soon as you receive it in your Brown email in early June. 

What to do after you arrive on campus

As soon as possible after arrival on campus (international students must visit OISSS first).
Visit the Brown Card Office, J. Walter Wilson Hall, room 511.

Read additional information for international students.

Deadline: within 3 days of arriving on campus.
Visit 
International Student & Scholar Services: bring your passport, immigration documents, and I-94 printout.

Deadline: at least 10 days after arrive. 
Apply for a Social Security Card; provide your social security number to the payroll office.

By September 1
Complete the forms online through the Workday

Meet the program leadership, administrators, and your advisor. Consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses.

On September 5, 2017
Register online for courses through self-service Banner.
Check out the Registrar's calendar for important dates and deadlines.

By September 15
Complete an I-9 Form (if you will be receiving a stipend) at the Brown Business Center,  J. Walter Wilson, room 213. 

Checkout the pages on AccommodationsParkingMaps & Directions before you arrive.

Campus Resources

Library and Digital Resources
The Brown University Library offers a wealth of information for graduate students, covering roughly 80 core areas, from traditional books and journals to original manuscripts and photographs, full-text databases, digital images, data sets and streaming multimedia. Learn more about the locations, materials, and resources available to the Brown community.

Professional Development
Find out about the various offices and centers across campus to help you develop the skills needed to succeed in both the academic and non-academic worlds after Brown.

Teaching
Whether you pursue a career inside or outside of higher education, developing the necessary skills to communicate your knowledge, ideas and research to others is critical. Learn about the offices and programs available to help develop your classroom and communication skills.

Writing Center
Take advantage of this free academic service. The Center is staffed with experienced writers and teachers who offer support to graduate student of varying writing abilities.

Bookstore
Visit the Brown Bookstore for all your supplies and technology need. The Bookstore offers a full line of technology products, including academically discounted computers, iPads, software, peripherals, and related supplies. There is also an in-store authorized Apple and Dell Service, Repair and Consultation Center and a broad selection of collegiate and casual wear. 

Computing & Information Services
The CIS IT Service Center offers technical support to members of the Brown community. Learn more about all aspects of network access, computer use, software, printing and technology training on campus.  

Dining Services
Read about flexible eating plans and the dining facilities on campus. Dining Services offers a variety of options related to students’ tastes, preferences, and hectic lifestyles.

Mail Services
Learn more about mail and package delivery on campus and how your mail should be addressed.

Public Safety (DPS)
Learn more about services offered to students (emergency phones, Safewalk, Campus Watch) and tips for staying safe on campus. The Communication Control Center is staffed 24 hours a day. Please do not hesitate to approach an officer if you are lost or need assistance. 

Student & Employee Accessibility (SEAS)
Contact SEAS to coordinate any accommodations and services that you may need for a physical, sensory, psychological, and learning disability, including short-term accommodations for an unexpected injury. 

Transportation
Learn how to get around on and off campus with a variety of services offered by the Transportation Office. Brown offers evening and onCall ride programs, weekday campus transport for students with disabilities, a daytime shuttle service, free bus service through RIPTA and more.

Title IX Office
Find out about assistance and services offered by the Title IX office and campus coordinators. 

Athletics
Find out more about the recreational offerings (club sports, fitness classes, personal training) and the many on-campus facilities available to all students through the recreation fee.

Chaplains & Religious Life
Brown’s Chaplains are a multi-faith team—Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant—who are available to consult with all students. Reach out to them for questions or discussion that can be voiced and explored openly, whether these concerns originate within religious, philosophical, ethical, or spiritual practice.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is a good resource to visit if you are experiencing difficulty coping, are faced with making difficult decisions, or managing other emotional or psychological problems. Records are confidential and there is no charge for their services.  

Family Resources
In this section, read about family-related policies, campus and external resources for families and children.

Student Activities
Learn about the nearly 400 recognized student groups, including a number of graduate student specific organizations on BearSync, which are supported by the Student Activities Office.

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