Visit Brown University


Interested in visiting Brown, meeting our students, learning about our rich history? Visiting campus is the best way to determine whether Brown is the right fit for you. Explore our many campus visit opportunities. 

Additionally, the Brown Near You progam brings our admission officers to locations across the country and the world to provide students and their families an opportunity to learn more about Brown Univiersity. 

Brown Near You

Each fall, Brown University admission officers take to the road to meet with prospective students. This year, we are visiting locations near you and we invite you to join us. You will learn in-depth information about Brown’s rigorous and unique academic environment in addition to research opportunities, diversity on campus, student life, the application process, and financial aid. Find an event near you.

Campus Tour

Led by a Brown student, the campus tour gives prospective students the opportunity to see campus first-hand and to learn about campus landmarks, residential life, dining, University history, and traditions. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. REGISTER HERE

Please note that, for security and safety reasons, campus tours do not enter student dormitories.

For information about accessibility or special accommodations while visiting our campus, please contact us at



Engineering Tour

The School of Engineering is excited to offer tours designed to give prospective students an overview of what it is like to study Engineering at Brown University. Your tour will be led by current Engineering students and will visit classrooms and lab spaces. The Engineering tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. 


Please note, engineering tours are not offered in June, July, and August. 

Experience Brown Program

The Experience Brown program aims to provide prospective students with the opportunity to get a sense of what it is like to be a student at Brown University by allowing them structured access to classes and one-on-one, non-evaluative contact with a current student. 

The program matches prospective students with current students who share their academic or extracurricular interests and allows prospective students to attend a class and eat lunch in a dining hall with their host.

The Experience Brown program does not include a campus tour or information session, but is in close communication with the coordinators for both of these programs so as to ensure ample opportunity to attend all of the programming offered daily.

The Experience Brown schedule is organized around the university's class framework. Listed below are typical schedules for some of the time slots offered on each day of the week. Experience Brown participants should arrive at the Stephen Roberts '62 Campus Center to check in at their designated pick-up time. The Experience Brown program is available mid-February through March 31 and mid-September through early December.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Check-in: 10:45 AM 
Attend Class: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM 
(attend 1:00 PM Campus Tour & 2:15 PM Information Session if travel schedule allows, registration separate)

Check-in: 11:45 AM 
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM  
Attend Class: 1:00 - 2:00 PM 
(attend 9:00 AM Campus Tour & 10:15 AM Information Session if travel schedule allows, registration separate) 

Tuesday, Thursday
Check-in: 10:15 AM 
Attend Class: 10:30 - 11:50 AM 
Lunc: 12:00 - 1:00 PM  
(attend 9:00 AM Campus Tour & 10:15 AM Information Session if travel schedule allows, registration separate)

Check-in: 11:45 AM 
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Attend Class: 1:00 - 2:20 PM 
(attend 9:00 AM Campus Tour & 10:15 AM Information Session if travel schedule allows, registration separate)

Registration & Cancellation
Registration is required for the Experience Brown program. Spots are extremely limited, so you are encouraged to sign up early. Only students who have registered in advance of their visit may participate in Experience Brown. Students visiting with siblings or friends must each register separately for Experience Brown if they wish to also participate in the program. Please note, registration closes 3 days prior to each event. The Experience Brown program is available mid-February through March 31 and mid-September through early December.

If you are unable to attend your session, please cancel as soon as possible. There is a high demand for this program and we would love to give another student this opportunity.  


If you do not receive a confirmation email or have any questions about accessibility or special accommodations, please contact us at

Group Tour

Brown has a busy campus and many visitors. Accordingly, groups larger than 10 people are required to contact us at least three weeks in advance to schedule a visit. Approval is not guaranteed; however, more advanced notice may increase the likelihood of accommodation. We cannot always guarantee a specific tour slot and appreciate your flexibility with our published tour and information session schedules. Contact us here.

Please note that, due to high visitor volume in the spring, we are unable to accommodate group tours in April.

Information Session

The information session gives prospective students the opportunity to hear from current students and admission officers about academic life, the open curriculum, advising, study abroad, research opportunities, special programs, admission, and financial aid. Information sessions last approximately 45 minutes. REGISTER HERE

For information about accessibility or special accommodations while visiting our campus, please contact us at

Physical Sciences Tour

The physical sciences tour is designed to give prospective students a glimpse of what it is like to study Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math, Applied Math, and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown. The physical sciences tour does not cover life sciences such as Biology or Neuroscience. The tour visits classrooms and lab spaces and lasts approximately 80 minutes. 

Prospective students attending this tour are limited to one guest per student. Also, children under the age of 12 may not participate in the tour. 


Registration is required for the physical sciences tour. Lab safety practices limit the amount of visitors to our laboratory spaces.

For information about accessibility or special accommodations while visiting our campus,  please contact us at

Sustainability Tour

The Brown Office of Energy & Environmental Initiatives is excited to announce the launch of the Brown Sustainability Tour.

The Sustainability Tour introduces prospective students to sustainability initiatives at Brown, including compost and recycling, LEED buildings, local food, and alternative living options. Current Brown students will share their experiences with sustainability at Brown and how students can get involved inside and outside the classroom.

The Sustainability Tour runs from 12-1 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The tour meets at the side of 85 Waterman Street by the fountain and lasts approximately 40 minutes.


Visit a Class

Each academic year, Brown University offers the opportunity for prospective students to visit a course during their campus visit. The Office of College Admission works with faculty and staff across the academic departments to ensure that students interested in attending Brown can fully observe the Open Curriculum in action.

Below, you will find a list of courses prospective students are permitted to observe during Fall 2017. Please note that visitors are not permitted to visit courses which are not listed on the approved class list. ​

Because Brown University faculty kindly allow guests the privilege of observing their classes, we ask that you follow a few guidelines when you visit a class:

  1. Please arrive to the class ten minutes early to inform the professor that you will be observing the course. If, however, the class is a large lecture, such as ECON 0110, it is not necessary to introduce yourself.

  2. Please stay for the entire duration of the class​. If, however, there is a break during class, you may kindly excuse yourself if you need to leave.

  3. Please turn off and put away all cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices for the entire duration of the class.

  4. Unless you are explicitly offered permission by the professor to participate in the class, please refrain from participating in order to allow the flow of the class to continue as usual.

  5. Lastly, please review the “Please Read Before Your Visit” section on the document below before you attend a class. This section details instructions you need to take before visiting certain courses as well as dates that you are not permitted to visit certain courses.


We sincerely hope you enjoy your campus visit! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about visiting a class, please email