For Parents & Families

Thanksgiving Break 2016

While administrative offices will be closed Thursday November 24 through Sunday November 27, 2016 for the Thanksgiving break, support, emergency services, and assistance are available to students, as they are during all academic breaks. All students received email with information about Thanksgiving break resources, what's open/closed, and a Thanksgiving meal.

  • Emergency services are available during all academic breaks
  • An administrator on call for urgent issues
  • Mental health support and Nursing Advice are available by phone during breaks; students may call to talk to a trained professional
  • Residence halls and Meal Plan remain open
  • Thanksgiving meal at Sharpe Refectory Thursday is open to all enrolled undergraduate, graduate and medical students
  • Administrative and academic offices will be closed Thursday-Sunday

Academic advising | For spring courses

Pre-registration for Spring 2017 was November 1-8, 2016; students may not make additional changes in registration until courses begin Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  At Brown, the open curriculum asks students to design a course of study to reflect their personal interests and goals. Our advising structures support students throughout this academic journey. Read more about academic advising for first-years, sophomores, transfers, juniors, and seniors. Read also Dean Mandel's letters about The First Months at Brown and Support for the Sophomore Year.

Off-campus living permission

Is your undergraduate student thinking about living off campus? It is amazing that this planning occurs a year ahead of time, but it does. Students who will be seniors or juniors next year have received email information about applying for off-campus living permission.  Those who will be seniors in fall 2017 are guaranteed off campus permission if they apply during the application period. Those who will be juniors in fall 2017 may be approved for off campus permission through a lottery which will happen in three waves. Visit for more information and process dates. 

Year at a Glance

Year-at-a-Glance is a one-page overview of the year with significant dates for easy reference. Full academic calendars are available on the Registrar's website.

Verification of Enrollment

Instructions for requesting proof of a student's enrollment--for insurance or other documentation purposes--are available from the Registrar's Office.

A welcoming space for first-generation and low-income students

Brown's new First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center opened in September in a recently renovated space on the 5th floor of the Sciences Library. Check out the First Generation College Students website for more information about the Center and other opportunities for your student to connect with First-Gen@Brown.

Bear Bucks | Now add funds on-line

Once they have established a Bear Bucks account, students swipe their Brown ID to do laundry, print or make photocopies, make purchases from on-campus vending machines and at other campus locations that accept BearBucks. On-line, credit card deposits to Bear Bucks are now possible through the GET portal. Family members may also add funds to a student's BearBucks account by goingto and entering the student's Brown ID#, last name, and birth date to make a deposit. Students may still may still add funds by putting paper money into a Value Port machine on campus, depositing in person at the Cashier’s Office, or sending a check to the Cashier’s Office.

Brown selects partner for initiative to enhance on-campus dining

An initiative launched earlier this year seeks to enhance food offerings across campus, improve pricing and service, and support the professional development of Brown’s dining staff. Dining Services selected Bon Appétit Management Company to partner in the effort. A nationally recognized on-site restaurant company that specializes in sustainable, socially responsible food management, Bon Appétit will provide guidance and expertise to assist Brown’s dining staff in strengthening campus food services.

Safety at Brown

The Safety at Brown website provides summary information about safety-related services, tools, policies, and best practices that will help protect members of the Brown community.

This site is a joint effort of the offices of Campus Life, the Dean of the College, and the Parent Program in Advancement.