Date January 23, 2024
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Brown welcomes midyear arrivals as spring semester kicks off

Whether they’re undergraduates transferring from other institutions, students starting master’s degree programs or visiting scholars, nearly 200 students embarked on their Brown journeys in late January.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In typical late-January fashion, the skies were gray and the weather was chilly — but that didn’t inhibit the warmth and enthusiasm of Brown University’s newest students.

Led by the Brown Band, incoming undergraduates joining the University community with the start of the Spring 2024 semester — who are known as the TRUE student cohort, for Transfer and Resumed Undergraduate Education — participated in a Brown tradition Tuesday, Jan. 23. They marched through the inwardly opened Van Wickle Gates, representing their welcome to campus and symbolically marking the start of their education on College Hill.

In addition to the 23 TRUE students, the University’s newest arrivals include 112 graduate students and 31 non-degree-seeking visiting students. 

“ Each and every student bring a depth of experiences, interests and talents to our shared learning community, and we are thrilled that we are able to welcome a new cohort of students each semester. ”

Rashid Zia Dean of the College

“We are delighted to welcome the newest cohort of midyear transfer students to Brown,” said Dean of the College Rashid Zia. “Each and every student brings a depth of experiences, interests and talents to our shared learning community, and we are thrilled that we are able to welcome a new cohort of students each semester."

In the past, students who wished to transfer to Brown could apply only during the spring admissions cycle. But in 2022, the University introduced its first-ever fall application for transfer students aiming for spring entry.

The reasons for choosing Brown are as varied as the institutions from which the transfer students hail. The incoming undergraduates come to Brown from a broad swath of institutions, including Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, Vassar College, Columbia University, University of California Los Angeles and Wake Forest University, among many others.

The spring semester also ushered in the arrival of new graduate students, including two new doctoral students, 110 students who will begin master’s programs across disciplines including public health, cybersecurity, health care leadership and technology leadership, and one student who will begin their studies as part of the Brown/Pfizer master of arts in biology program, in which Pfizer colleagues and contractors can extend their knowledge within the biological sciences.

Dozens of visiting and non-degree seeking students will also begin their semester on College Hill, including four new graduate and 26 new medical students, as well as one new student who arrived as part of the Brown-Tougaloo semester exchange. Through the exchange, undergraduates from Brown and Tougaloo College, a historically black college near Jackson, Mississippi, spend a semester enrolled at the other institution’s campus. Since 1964, the Brown University-Tougaloo College Partnership has enriched both campuses through academic and cultural exchanges and research at the undergraduate and graduate level.

A day after the procession, the new students were set to join returning students in the classroom with Brown’s spring semester classes beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 24.