For Parents

April is Housing Lottery time

After their first year, undergraduate students select on-campus housing through "Lottery" (i.e., Housing Selection). Students may choose to join a Greek or program house, choose special interest housing (e.g., Tech House), be selected as a Residential Peer Advisor (and be assigned a room), enter the lottery individually to select a single room, or enter with a group of friends to select housing together. Detailed information about Lottery -- including a full calendar of dates -- is available on the Residential Life website.

First-year students may be particularly stressed by Lottery. Many move into second semester feeling more comfortable at Brown; we then unsettle everything by asking them to select roommates and rooms for sophomore year. Deciding who is in your Lottery Group can be easy or difficult. Having never been through Lottery before, the unknown is ominous. The monster under the bed becomes "I'm going to end up with a hideous room, alone, separated from all my friends." This first-year fear is not helped by the fact that older students like to share horror stories about Lottery.

Students may share their housing anxiety with parents, needing someone off campus to listen.  Most students, after unloading on a parent their worst fears and bleakest scenarios about housing, proceed to make decisions and complete their forms feeling lighter -- because they have given away their fears to someone else.  Please encourage your student to take advantage of information sessions, veteran advice, and on-line Q/A sponsored by the students on Residential Council; and to talk with their Community Director or a staff member in Residential Life for information and problem solving assistance.

Housing Selection occurs by class year.  First-year students (i.e., rising sophomores) can pick rooms only from residence halls designated as sophomore housing; sophomores and juniors (i.e., rising juniors and seniors) can pick from residence halls designated as junior/senior housing.  This was a recent improvement, so more sophomores may live together; and to eliminate randomly-located single rooms in the midst of first-year halls, isolated from other sophomores, that students feared they would be “stuck in” due to the vagaries of the lottery process. By the end of March, students will be emailed instructions to access the list of the room and building designation for all available housing. 

Students must apply for permission to live off-campus. Students who requested and received permission to live off-campus for next year are not in Lottery. All students received direct email with instructions about applying for permission by December of the fall semester.

Academic advising information

You can read the advising announcements emailed to students throughout the year on the front page of ASK (Advising Sidekick). Also available on the public face of ASK are a number of Advising Materials, publications provided to students to orient them to the university -- such as Guide to Brown -- and to stimulate their thinking about their Brown education and instigate conversations with their academic advisors -- such as Brown's Liberal Learning Goals, Planning Your Liberal Education, and Planning Your Sophomore Year. While we share these materials with student, you may find it useful to know what is available in order to remind your student of resources available and reinforce messages when they forget.

Maud S. Mandel, Dean of the College, sent two emails to parents of undergraduates this October: The First Months at Brown, and Support for the Sophomore Year.

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.

Health Fee & Health Insurance

All actively-enrolled students may use Health Services as well as Counseling and Psychological Services, whether they have the Brown-sponsored health insurance plan (SHIP) or another planMore about health & wellness at Brown...

The mandatory Health Fee provides students the ability to see a provider at Health Services or at Counseling and Psychological Services.The student's health insurance comes into play for costs of tests, medications, treatment, and referrals to outside providers. TO WAIVE OR NOT: New this year, a worksheet to help students and families compare the coverage offered by the Student Health Insurance Plan(SHIP) and by their personal or family plan was included in the insurance information mailing.

First Generation College Students

While the term typically references students whose parents did not complete a four-year college education, our FirstGen Initiative programsare open to any student who feels the academic, social, and peer advising may be helpful.

Living@Brown: Financial Considerations

As a result of conversations with students, we have published a new document  Living @ Brown: Financial Considerations, which is availablein 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.

Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey Report

Last year, Brown’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF) emphasized the importance of taking an evidence-based, data-driven approach to addressing the problem of gender-based harassment and violence at Brown. To better understand the issues on our campus, Brown joined with 27 universities to collaborate with the American Association of Universities (AAU) to sponsor a student survey, conducted last spring, designed to assess the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses and collect student views on sexual misconduct. [Read the rest of President Paxson's email.]


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