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 15
Submit a photograph for your Brown ID Card. selfservice.brown.edu August 1
Submit your first semester payment. payment.brown.edu August 1
Complete the New Student Tutorial. canvas.brown.edu August 15
Complete the EverFi online alcohol education module. Check your Brown email. August 15
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 [email protected] online course. canvas.brown.edu Opens in July
Enter your First-Year Seminar preferences.* ask.brown.edu July 6-15
Add fall courses to your primary cart. cab.brown.edu Now through August 1

* Not applicable to transfer or resumed undergraduate education students

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 1
Apply for Pre-Orientation Programs.* brown.edu/go/pre-orientation July 1
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 15
Submit your Health Insurance Waiver. brown.edu/insurance July 31
Submit your Bear Bucks deposit. card.brown.edu/bear-bucks/adding-bear-bucks N/A

* Not applicable to transfer or resumed undergraduate education students

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.

Bruno Beginnings

Bruno Beginnings is an interactive website where first-year students can engage with College staff and peers by participating in online events, discussions and other community-building activities. It's also where you'll find your detailed Orientation schedule. Check in regularly for updates and to follow community conversations. 

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. Information about the 2021 First Readings assignment will be shared with you over the summer.