Orientation and Information for New Graduate Students

Welcome new students to the School of Public Health! We are incredibly excited to start a new academic year with you. Please use this page to review beneficial information about the School, some of its faculty and staff, and the larger Brown community. Be sure to visit this page and the Orientation Agenda and Materials page closer to the beginning of the semester for additional materials and updated information.

Orientation Schedule:

  • International Student Orientation: August 25-27, 2021
  • Graduate Student of Color Orientation: August 30, 2021
  • Graduate School Orientation: August 31 & September 1, 2021
  • School of Public Health Orientation: September 1-2, 2021 (MPH Orientation will extend through Tuesday, September 7)
  • First day of Fall Semester Classes: September 8, 2021

Academic Calendar:

  • Friday, September 3, 4 pm ET: Registration for graduate students for the fall semester open at 4:00 pm EDT through 11:00 am EDT Sunday Sept 5.
  • Sunday, September 5, 12 pm ET: Registration re-opens at noon EDT on Sept 5 for all students for the fall semester.
  • Monday, September 6, 4 pm ET: Opening Convocation
  • Wednesday, September 8: Classes begin
  • Tuesday, September 21: End of “Shopping Period” - Last day to add a course without a fee (Note: Banner Web will be taken down for approximately one hour. Once relaunched, all course adds require Instructor override and will be charged a late fee of $15 per course.)

Orientation Agenda and Materials

Helpful information and links: