Undergraduate Orientation

Before You Arrive

A successful introduction to Brown requires careful planning.

As you prepare over the summer for your first year at Brown, please pay careful attention to important forms, registration deadlines and other milestones outlined in email communications and listed in the Pre-Arrival Checklists below. Many of these action steps are mandatory and must be completed in a timely manner in order to make a seamless transition to college.

Your Pre-Arrival Checklists

Required for All Students

Prior to starting at Brown, all incoming students are required to provide necessary information and complete some tutorials and assignments.

Task Location Due
Activate your Brown email. myaccount.brown.edu ASAP
Update or verify your personal information. selfservice.brown.edu ASAP
Submit your health forms. brown.edu/go/health-requirements July 1
Submit your housing questionnaire. Check your Brown email. July 
Submit a photograph for your Brown ID Card. selfservice.brown.edu August 
Submit your first semester payment. payment.brown.edu August 
Complete the New Student Tutorial. canvas.brown.edu August 18 
Complete the EverFi online alcohol education modules: Alcohol EDU and Sexual Violence Prevention Check your Brown email. August 18
Complete your First Readings response. ask.brown.edu August 30 

Strongly Encouraged

Completing these tasks ensures you have the best onboarding experience.

Task Location Due
Complete the 1st Year@Brown online course. canvas.brown.edu Opens in July
Enter your First-Year Seminar preferences. ask.brown.edu July 
Add fall courses to your primary cart. cab.brown.edu July


If Applicable

These tasks and deadlines are important for international students, those needing accommodations and others.

Task Location Due
Submit your AP scores. List Brown (code 3094) as the score recipient or contact the College Board to send all scores to Brown. ASAP
Submit the I-20 Form. (Required for international students.) brown.edu/go/international ASAP
Register for International Orientation (required for F-1 visa). brown.edu/globalbrowncenter July 
Apply for Pre-Orientation Programs. brown.edu/go/pre-orientation July 
Submit forms to register requests with Student Accessibility Services. brown.edu/go/sas/registration Accommodations can be requested at any time. Housing accommodation deadline is July 1
Submit your Health Insurance Waiver. healthservices.brown.edu/ship July 29
Submit your Bear Bucks deposit. card.brown.edu/bear-bucks/adding-bear-bucks N/A


Financial Aid and Billing

Student Financial Services answers questions about billing and the collection of tuition, fees and other charges, while the Office of Financial Aid provides information about scholarships, grants and other forms of aid.

Your Bruno Beginnings

Join your fellow classmates in Bruno Beginnings to engage with the Brown community! Every member of the Brown community - the faculty, the staff, and current students -  has a unique background, wide variety of interests, and most importantly, wants to connect with you! Make sure to explore our virtual communities and the members that make them up to connect with Brunonians just like you!

To join, activate your Brown account and follow the sign-in link sent to you via email.

First Readings

A student chats with his small group members about the First Reading during Orientation.
During Orientation, you will meet in small groups for a First Readings Seminar, led by a member of the faculty or an upper-level administrator. These seminars give you the chance to meet your peers and to begin conversations based upon your shared readings.

Sponsored by the Dean of the College and Brown Alumni Association, First Readings provides new students with a common intellectual experience — introducing you to the University and to the pleasures and rigors of undergraduate academic life. Students have the opportunity to read and reflect on a common text over the summer and will discuss the text in groups of faculty- and staff-led seminars during orientation.