Undergraduate Orientation

Welcome, New Brunonians!

Your guide for getting started as a new student at Brown University

Welcome, Class of 2028! 

Brown University's New Student Orientation program is designed to set incoming first-year and transfer students up for success. New Student Orientation is framed by three learning pillars:

  • The academic preparedness pillar equips students with the tools and knowledge to navigate Brown's Open Curriculum, and includes sessions exploring open inquiry, academic advising, course registration, First Readings, and more.
  • The community connections pillar focuses on building relationships, fostering dialogue across difference, and involvement opportunities that will help students feel at home. From traditions like our Orientation Dance and Move-in Ice Cream Social, to newer signature events like boat tours of Providence, Brown students make new friends, explore Brown and Providence, and find their community of belonging. 
  • Finally, our campus resources pillar introduces new students to the wide array of support services, wellness offerings, and engagement options available to enrich their Brown experience.

By weaving these three pillars throughout our six-day orientation, new Brunonians students enjoy a supportive, engaging, and memorable onboarding that empowers them to thrive as they transition to Brown. First-year student move-in day is Wednesday, August 28, and New Student Orientation will be held from Thursday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 3.


Whether you’re a traditional first-year college student, transferring from another institution, visiting for the semester or resuming your undergraduate education after a pause, you are a welcome addition to the Brown University community. We’re so glad you’re here.

We know that as a New Brunonian you’re looking for certain information to help you acclimate to campus and academic life. The resources included throughout this site will help you start your journey. Once again, welcome to Brown!

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