For Parents

Thanksgiving Break 2014 | Open/closed 

To observe the Thanksgiving holiday, Brown University administrative offices close at 5 PM on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 and will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, December 1, 2014. Emergency services and response are available throughout the break. Residence halls remain open, Sharpe Refectory is open for meal plan, and for Thanksgiving meals. For emergency numbers, details about Health Services and other offices, and infromation about transportation to the airport, train station, bus, additional...

What's in a Concentration?

In their second year, students make key decisions about the focus of their studies. Specifically, they declare an area of concentration -- or major -- by the middle of the fourth semester. Check out brown.edu/go/focalpoint for information about all available concentrations, and 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.

Communications about sexual assault

President Paxson's November 14 communication to all students, faculty, and staff was forwarded by email to parents. A compendium of all campus communications about sexual assault may be found on the Institutional Diversity Title IX webpage.

Update on Ebola plans and policies

A communication with Brown students, faculty and staff was sent also on October 21 to parents. 

From the Dean of the College | October 1, 2014

Letters to first-year and sophomore parents.

Student Support, Health & Wellness

New resources and changes in student support, health and wellness were announced September 26 in an email to all Brown students.  

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.