For Parents

Update on meningococcal disease at Providence College | February 11, 2015

Students, faculty, and staff received email from Health Services with information about two cases of meningococcal disease at Providence College, Brown's ongoing communication with the Rhode Island Department of Health, and sources for additional information.

What's in a Concentration?

In their second year, students make key decisions about the focus of their studies. Specifically, they declare a concentration (or "major") by the middle of the fourth semester. Check out brown.edu/go/focalpoint for information about all available concentrations, as well as what alumni have done with those concentrations. Sophomore advising meetings naturally include discussion about course selection in relation to possible concentrations. The process of declaring a concentration --which occurs both on-line and in conversation with faculty in the intended department -- may begin as early as a student is ready to do so, but must be completed before pre-registration for the fifth semester's classes.

Severe Winter Weather | February 8, 2015

Students, faculty and staff were notified by email that Brown University administrative and academic offices and operations will be closed on Monday, February 9, 2015 and all classes are cancelled. Dining will centralize food service in Sharpe Refectory. Emergency response systems remain available:

  • Brown Public Safety & EMS (401) 863-4111
  • Sexual Assault Response Line (401) 863-6000
  • Administrator on Call for student emergencies (401) 863-3322
  • Health Services (401) 863-3953
  • Psychiatric emergencies (401) 863-3476 &  follow the prompts

Classes resume Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students, faculty, and staff were notified on the evening of January 27 that classes would resume Wednesday.  

Blizzard Warning | January 25 - 27, 2015

Please encourage your student to ensure their cell phone number is up-to-date in Banner, so that they will receive any BrownAlert emergency texts.

January 27: Students received an email reminding them of services available during the University closing.

January 26: Students, faculty and staff notified by email that Brown University administrative and academic offices and operations and all classes are cancelled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  At Monday night dinner, Dining Services will work with students who do not already have overnight snacks in their rooms. Meals will be served through Sharpe Refectory on Tuesday, open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; all other locations will be closed.

January 25: Students, faculty, and staff notified by email about the University's planning for this week's predicted winter storm.  

Communications about sexual assault

On January 22, President Paxson wrote to all students, faculty, and staff about progress made over winter break to implement the near-term recommendations from the Interim Report of The Task Force on Sexual Assault. This communication was forwarded by email to parents, and may be read in full on the President's website.

Living @ Brown: Financial Considerations

As a result of conversations with students, we have published a new document in fall 2014. Living @ Brown: Financial Considerations  is available in English, en Español,  在中國, 在中国.

Year at a Glance

Download a Year at a Glance document from the Important Dates page.

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.