Undergraduate Orientation

Course Placement

Find placement exam and beginning course recommendations.

Students come to Brown with a wide variety of educational experiences and preparation. As you plan your first courses, you should be mindful of any prior coursework and consider departmental recommendations for where to start in your education at Brown. Make sure to talk over your choices with your academic advisors and to speak with the relevant departments, as well as academic deans.

You will receive emails to your Brown address over the summer with detailed information about course placement, including information about departments not mentioned on these pages. 

Please note: To be placed out of any courses, you must have all your Advanced Placement, international diploma or international certificate scores results and college transcripts sent to the Office of College Admission prior to your arrival.

AP and International Exams

You may be able to use certain AP and international diploma or certificate scores to enroll in higher-level courses and/or to satisfy concentration requirements.

Getting Started

Below are departments that recommend or require certain introductory courses as you start your journey at Brown. You are also encouraged to explore Undergraduate Programs for the full range of available disciplines.

Students interested in the biological sciences can get to know the program by visiting the Office of Biology Undergraduate Education.
The Department of Chemistry offers three distinct concentrations: chemistry, biochemistry and chemical physics.
The Department of Computer Science offers several introductory courses, targeted at different audiences.
Brown’s concentration in economics prepares students for employment in business, finance, nonprofits, government, think tanks and legal services, among other areas.
All incoming engineering students are assigned a School of Engineering advisor to help them design their academic program.
The Center for Language Studies can help you with all your questions about learning and continuing a language.
The Department of Mathematics offers a number of overlapping calculus courses so students with different math backgrounds can find courses at the right level.