For Parents

President Paxson's letter to alumni and current parents | August 4, 2014

I am writing to you—Brown alumni, parents and friends—during the brief lull of summer to provide an update on Brown’s progress over the last year, and to tell you about some important events and activities in the year ahead. More...

Orientation information for new students

Information about new undergraduate student Orientation is available on the Orientation website. New undergraduates receive information, updates, and reminders by email; many of those weekly emails are also posted to the Orientation website under Preparing for Brown.  Information about orientation for new graduate students is available on the Graduate School website.

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.

Fall Semester Start

Classes for fall semester begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Opening Convocation for the 2014-15 year is Tuesday, September 2, at 4:00 p.m. on the Main Green.

Residence halls open for returning undergraduates on Sunday, August 31, and for new undergraduates on Saturday, August 30 to begin Orientation that evening -- or as communicated to student participants of specific pre-Orientation programs (for example, international students move in Wednesday, August 27 for International Orientation).

Dowload a Year at a Glance document from the Important Dates page.


Academic advising information for students

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 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.


This site is a joint effort of the offices of Campus Life, the Dean of the College, and the Parent Program in Advancement.