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Getting Ready for Graduate School

Dear graduate student,

Brown University Graduate School looks forward welcoming you to campus.

We ask that you take the following steps:

1) Please set up your Brown Account. The account gives you access to electronic services, including a Brown email address. Beginning in early June,/January the Graduate School will send email exclusively to your Brown email address.

To activate, you will need your Brown ID number: {a.("BROWN_ID")}

  • Enter your last name, date of birth, and the ID number.
  • Read and agree to the terms of use for your Brown account, and choose a password.
  • Read and agree to the terms of use for your Google account, and choose a password.
  • Your Brown username and email address will be listed on the last page - print this page or make a note of them.

After activation, we recommend you:

  • 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 and click Personal Information.
  • Log in to your email. You can simply visit and log in with your Brown email address and the password you chose for Google services.
  • Set up Two-Step Verification. The first time you log into 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
    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.

2) Please provide a photo for your Brown Identification Card. The Brown Card is the official University identification card. The image should be a passport-style “head and shoulders” image. To submit your photo, log into the secure area of Banner, Applicant and Student section, and use the link for Brown ID Online Photo Submission. Upon arrival on campus, you can pick up your card during business hours at the Brown Card Office.

3) Read our online guide for admitted students. Find important dates and contacts and learn information about governance, campus resources and services, life at Brown, and living in the Providence area.

The Deans and Staff of the Graduate School