Undergraduate Orientation

Get Oriented

Orientation programs give you important insights and information about Brown.

Orientation programs introduce you to academic, social and cultural life at Brown. As a new student, you are required to attend one of these programs for its full duration. These programs will provide you with insights into the campus experience, opportunities to engage with other students, as well as staff and faculty, and answers to many of your questions about starting out at Brown.

To request special services, accommodations, or assistance for move-in or for any Orientation events, please contact Student Accessibility Services at [email protected] or 401-863-9588 as soon as possible.

Find Your Orientation Program

International Orientation engages participants in the opportunities and challenges of coming to Brown as an international student.
Pre-Orientation programs offer additional perspectives on college life.

Brown/RISD Orientation

Students beginning the Brown/Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program will attend a specific BRDD Orientation and prioritize RISD Orientation events in their first year. BRDD first-year students attend specific events as part of Brown Orientation and are invited to participate in first-year group activities at Brown during Orientation and throughout the year.

Students entering their second year in the BRDD Program return to Brown with the incoming first-year class to take advantage of and more fully participate in Brown Orientation programs. Details, along with students' eligibility for Brown and RISD Pre-Orientation programs, will be emailed to BRDD Year 1 and Year 2 students.

RISD Orientation Info

Upcoming Events

You can find all major Orientation events on the [email protected] calendar, as well as a few highlights listed below. To view the detailed daily schedule for your Orientation program, log in to Bruno Beginnings.

How To Use the BrownU App

The BrownU App on a phoneThe BrownU app allows you to browse the many Orientation events, create a personalized schedule and access other campus resources, including maps to help you find your way around campus in the first few days. The app is free for you to use.

You can download  BrownU from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace.

Use the date selector at the top to navigate between dates. When viewing an event, you can tap Save Event to add it to your schedule; tap Saved at the top to view these events later. You can also tap Add to Calendar to add events to your phone's calendar.

Prepare for Orientation

  1. Select the Undergraduate Orientation persona, which will be listed when you open the application. (After Orientation, you’ll use the Undergraduate persona.) There are also sections for Transfer, Visiting and Resumed Undergraduate Education Orientation and International Orientation.
  2. Select Required Events. These events are considered mandatory for all new undergraduates. You can save all of these events either within the app or to your phone's calendar. Note: Some sessions are repeated; you will be assigned to a particular session by your residential unit. 
  3. Go to the General Events section and browse through the many social and educational programs offered for you. Save any desired sessions.