Instructors will take attendance during each class.
While we understand that many students have very busy summer schedules, students should not enroll in classes that conflict with commitments that would require them to miss any days of class, and in particular the first or the last days of a class. Pre-College courses are intensive learning experiences: missing classes jeopardizes a student's ability to engage successfully and complete course work. Many classes also involve group work, and a student missing classes can also negatively impact the learning experience of other students in the class.
Any required readings will be shared with students once the course begins. These resources will be added to Canvas (Brown's learning management system) for students to access virtually or purchase. Other course-specific supplies will be provided as a part of the on-campus course, if applicable. Students should come prepared with basic classroom essentials for note-taking (a notebook is recommended for STEM-based courses).
Students will be expected to complete at least 2-3 hours of homework each day. This work may include readings, group projects, writing assignments and presentations.
General Academic Resources
- Students will have access to course-specific resources virtually in Canvas.
- All active students are able to access University Library resources virtually. To visit the Brown University Library follow the link here. On campus, students may request to borrow books. Books can be picked up in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Lobby at 10 Prospect Street.
Writing Center appointments are available to all Pre-College students to assist with written assignments. Please follow the link here for details and an appointment request form.
Upon arrival students will be provided access to an in-person activities and excursions calendar. Registration for virtual workshops, mentor groups and webinars will be available in the student portal.
Students interested in an Athletics Center membership can sign up on the Brown Recreation website, or visit the Nelson Fitness Center upon arrival to campus to purchase.
Students will be assigned to a single, double or triple occupancy room. In most cases, roommates are within 6 months of age. Roommate requests will not be honored. Students who need to request special housing accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability should indicate they may require an accommodation when completing the Medical Authorization and Health History Form.
Meals and Snacks
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in Brown’s dining halls daily. Three meals a day are included in the cost of residential program fees.
Dining Services Information
There are resources to help students with food-related allergies, dietary restrictions and other needs for accommodations to navigate the options in the dining halls. Prior to arrival, students should familiarize themselves with Brown’s dining website which provides information about the various dietary options available. This site also includes icons for specific food types (e.g. gluten free) that are consistent with those found in the on-campus dining locations. Brown offers a variety of options that allow many students to manage without additional accommodations. Students with any food restrictions are encouraged to utilize the Brown Dining My Meal site while on-campus. This tool is designed to help students make educated food choices in Brown’s dining halls and includes specific ingredients used in all available dishes.
If you have a food allergy, dietary restriction or a need for another accommodation please indicate this on your Medical Authorization and Health History Form. Our Dietician will reach out to you directly to discuss your dining options. Options could include using an online special meal request system, access to the Allergen Friendly Pantry and guidance navigating the online information and dining halls. In addition, temporary dining accommodations can be provided using a Chef's card that is available on request when students swipe into the main dining hall, the Sharpe Refectory (Ratty). These cards can be used to request a special meal if a student arrives on a weekend and has not yet formally arranged accommodations. These cards will enable a student to request a meal that is gluten-free or free of the following allergens: shellfish, soy, dairy, nuts, peanuts, eggs, wheat, alcohol and fish. The menu options using this card are more limited and a meal is provided once the card is received, so these meals will take some additional time to prepare.
Students will learn quickly how—and how necessary it is—to balance their academic responsibilities with responsible living, in a new community. They do so with the help of a team of carefully selected and trained staff. Brown University’s professional Pre-College Student Life staff includes Summer Assistant Directors who often work with K-12 students throughout the year, Student Life Managers who are primarily enrolled in graduate degree programs in student affairs or higher education, Resident Assistants who support the residential experience and live with students, as well as staff supporting campus-wide events and housing operations.
These skilled and caring staff help students learn how to balance the competing demands of an exceptionally rich and rewarding academic and social life and serve as a resource for everything from guiding students to resources around campus to aiding them in choosing student organizations to join. Our primary goal is to create a safe atmosphere which supports student success. Additionally, the residential staff's emphasis on community-building and individual responsibility encourages students to develop these necessary skills and capacities in a way that is as enjoyable as it is rewarding.
Students are required to check-in with their residential staff every evening at 10 p.m. EST and remain on their floor unit until 6 a.m. EST the following morning. The residential staff will place a call to the parents/guardians of any student who is late for curfew. The Department of Public Safety will be informed after an appropriate interval of time if a student has not checked in.
Adhering to the curfew policy is the student’s responsibility. While residential staff will take reasonable measures to ensure that students adhere to the curfew, once a student has been verified as being within the residence halls at the designated time, we cannot guarantee that the student will not subsequently choose to violate our policies and leave the residence hall area. If we become aware of a curfew violation, the student will be referred to our student conduct process. Repeated and/or serious violations of the curfew could result in dismissal from the program.
For more details, please read the Residential Policies on our website.
If an overnight leave is required, an Overnight Leave Form found in the Optional Section of the Parent Checklist should be submitted at least 24 hours prior to departing campus.
Participants who would like to depart campus for the evening may request to do so for the following reasons:
- extraordinary, verifiable personal or family circumstances (e.g. illness, injury or other),
- religious beliefs and commitments, or
- significant, rare and/or time-sensitive opportunities (occupational, educational or other).
Personal Health and Medical
Students with minor health concerns can be seen at Brown University’s Health Services Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 401-863-3953. Nursing advice is available 24/7 at 401-862-1330, and certified first aid staff are also available to assist on evenings or weekends. In the event of a medical emergency, students will generally be transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.
Students are responsible for safely storing and taking their own prescription medication. Students who are not accustomed to managing their own medication should work with their families to determine the best approach to do so during the program.
Contacting Pre-College Students
Most students and their parents/guardians find that cell phones are the most convenient option to keep in touch. Except in emergency situations, Brown University staff cannot honor requests to locate a student; hence, our request that parents/guardians arrange regular times to be in touch with their student. If there is an emergency situation in which a student needs to be contacted, parents/guardians can contact the Brown Department of Public Safety: 401-863-3322 and ask to speak to the Student Life Manager on Call. If you have any non-emergency questions or concerns, please contact our office at 401-863-7900 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
There are laundry facilities in the basements of all residence halls. You will need to supply your own detergent. All washers and dryers operate by swiping your Brown Summer Student ID card.
Bear Bucks cards allow you to use vending machines and printers in the public computing clusters. You must purchase a Bear Bucks Guest Card for $1.00 at a Bear Bucks Kiosk. Money should be added to your Bear Bucks card as needed and in small increments as the unused balance is non-refundable. Please DO NOT add funds/Bear Bucks directly to your Brown ID card.
Bear Bucks Kiosks to purchase Bear Bucks cards are available to Pre-College students at two locations on campus.
- Sharpe Refectory
- Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center
Mail may be sent to students during the program. Please do not send packages of bedding or clothing needed on move-in day in advance of your arrival. Our mailroom is not open for package pick-up on Sundays.
Please note that mail sent to college campuses requires additional processing time for sorting and distribution, and any standard mailing or shipping delays may result in the mail or packages not reaching the student prior to their campus departure. For those reasons, any mail/packages should be coordinated to arrive no later than one week prior to the student’s departure. Mail should be sent to:
Brown Pre-College Student
69 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02912
Lost & Found
The lost and found location on campus during the summer session is the Department of Public Safety 401-863-1663. Items of value left behind in residence halls, such as jewelry, money and laptop computers will be turned in and students should call the DPS office to retrieve lost items.