Parents and Families

Congratulations on your son or daughter's admission to Brown! You are important members of the Brown community, and we will communicate with you during your student's years at Brown through letters, the Brown Alumni Magazine, and Brown-related events across the country.

The first such event is Orientation, which begins the evening of Saturday, August 30, 2014. Students move into their residence halls the same day, between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. All entering students are required to attend Orientation, which introduces them to Brown's distinctive academic culture and student community.  

Orientation includes special sessions for families that allow you to interact with other parents, and to speak with senior administrators and faculty about academic and student life at Brown. The final Orientation event for families is the President's Welcome from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, 2014. A short break follows the President's Welcome, after which student orientation begins.

If circumstances or distance make it impossible for you to accompany your first-year student to Brown, please don’t worry: our faculty, administrators, and students are here to help them acclimate to Brown. Likewise, if you will be bringing your student to campus for a pre-orientation program earlier in the week and are unable to stay until Saturday, the staff of the various programs work closely to assure a successful transition to the larger orientation. Much of the information presented to parents at this time is also available online and will be presented again during Family Weekend, October 24-26, 2014.

If you are able to accompany your student to campus, plan to take your leave following the President's Welcome on Sunday afternoon. Area lodgings fill up quickly; a list of accommodations and driving directions are available.

You can learn more about Brown at our Parents and Families gateway, where you’ll find links to help you navigate Brown’s vast website. For information about academics, visit the Dean of the College website.

Once again, we extend our warmest welcome to you and your student!