Long the hallmark of an undergraduate education at Brown, the Open Curriculum encourages intellectual risk-taking and empowers students to shape their own educational experiences — all within an advising system that leaves students supported from Orientation through Commencement.

Before first-year Orientation, every incoming student is assigned a faculty advisor — a professor, dean or academic administrator in the Brown community. Together with academic deans and peer counselors, these educator/scholars guide students as they define academic pathways and shape educational goals.

And while Brown’s formal advising program provides structured support for students, opportunities for advising take place any time faculty and students join together — in classrooms and labs, during office hours, at events or other activities.

Brown’s Advising Community

Meiklejohn Peer Advising

[Pronounced mik-uhl-jon —like picklejohn, colloquially referred to as “Meik”]. These peer advisors are sophomores, juniors and seniors trained to provide first-year students with advice and counsel on the academic, extracurricular and social transitions that come with attending college for the first time.

Academic Advising Deans

Academic Advising Deans advise and support undergraduates to make informed choices advancing their intellectual and personal growth. Deans serve as partners as students consider options, connect with resources, and reflect on their learning, goals, and challenges as they prepare for life after Brown.

Faculty Advising Fellows

Faculty Advising Fellows are experienced academic advisors who support students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom. They provide individual advising and host events that bring faculty and students together for lively intellectual explorations.

Randall Sophomore Advisors

Drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines, Randall advisors are dedicated, knowledgeable faculty members who work with sophomores to discuss academic choices and challenges in light of students' proposed concentrations, activities outside the classroom, and plans for lives and careers.

Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

The Matched Advising Program pairs sophomore students with junior and senior mentors for one-on-one and group advising, providing a support system for navigating concentration declarations, research opportunities, internships and more.

Curricular Resource Center

The Curricular Resource Center for Peer Advising is a place where student advisors help their peers engage with the Open Curriculum and effectively take advantage of Brown’s academic resources.

CareerLAB

The Center for Careers and Life After Brown can help you refine a resume, write a cover letter, prepare for a job interview and find jobs and internships. CareerLAB maintains BrownConnect, a database of positions posted by Brown alumni and parents across many different fields, with many opportunities set aside especially for Brown students.

Swearer Center for Public Service

Public service and experiential learning are essential components of Brown’s educational mission. At the Swearer Center, students connect with faculty, peers, and community members to explore social issues and build the skills, knowledge, and relationships necessary to lead lives of effective action.