Whether your student is new to Brown or returning for another year, this website provides an orientation to life at Brown -- the ways we ask students to think about their Brown education and membership in the Brown community, their opportunities and challenges, and the many people and resources available.
We hope that by helping you know Brown better, you will be able to help your student maximize their Brown experience. This way of "getting involved" at the individual student level is incredibly important. The sections of this site describe Brown's approach to liberal learning, the many services we provide to students, and the ways you can get involved in the Brown community.
Classes for fall semester begin on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Full annual Academic Calendars are available on the Registrar's website.
Residence halls open for returning undergraduates on Sunday, September 2, 2018 and for new undergraduates on Saturday, September 1, 2018 to begin Orientation that evening. Students attending pre-orientation programs may move in early depending on the program.
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Classes for the fall semester began Wednesday, September 6th. In the first week or so, students are typically heavily involved in exploring options and finalizing their schedule. Students call this "shopping period" but take it more seriously than the word shopping might imply. Pre-registration (from April) is not binding so students spend the beginning of a semester verifying their interests, exploring new topics, testing courses that push their boundaries, and trying to find the best fit.
Students are expected to be active participants in their Brown education; being their own architect requires that they think, hard, about what courses they are taking and why. Academic advisors are happy to discuss options in the beginning of each semester and can be crucial in the decision process; encourage your student to talk with their assigned advisor or another faculty or dean available through one of our advising programs.
The lack of certainty, though, can be unsettling, and some students don't like to look around. Others go to 6, 8 or 10 classes in the first week to end up with 4. Why? Students frequently discover a new course, topic, issue, or professor they did not know about previously. A course may be different from what they expected when they signed up initially. The end of the previous semester may have caused reevaluation of what a student wishes -- or needs -- to take for spring. See Academic Calendar for due dates to add a course without a fee.
Instructions for requesting proof of a student's enrollment--for insurance or other documentation purposes--are available from the Registrar's Office.
MyMeal is an online tool that can help students make smart, healthy choices in Brown dining units. Students may use it on a desktop or mobile device to view menus at different Dining Services units and plan healthy meals throughout the day; they may also use the screening tools to identify foods with common allergens.
Brown's advising structures support students throughout their academic journey. Before arriving on campus, every student is assigned two advisors--an academic advisor and a student peer advisor--who help them navigate Brown's open curriculum. In the first year and beyond, students meet with their advisors at key times to discuss their academic choices and to plan for subsequent terms. Parents may wish to explore the exciting array of concentrations and courses through Focal Point, and to read more about Academic Advising in each year.
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 going to get.cbord.com/brown 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.
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.
The newsletter is emailed several times each year with news and updates specific to undergraduate life at Brown. See the section on Parent Communication for newsletter editions and information about parent email addresses.