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Welcome to Brown

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading research university home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

About Pre-College Programs

Students in Brown’s Pre-College programs come from all over the U.S. and around the world to study an array of subjects and to explore a variety of possible avenues for the future — from philosophy, literature and history to medicine, engineering and law.

The diverse experiences and interests of our Pre-College community is an incredible resource for you. By listening to each other, engaging with your peers as well as with the faculty, and seeking out new ideas and perspectives, you will get the most out of this program, and an education that will serve you well beyond this  summer.


Your Journey

As a Pre-College student, you’ll experience much of what it’s like to be a first-year undergraduate student at Brown. Our instructors are as interested in your learning as you are, and that means that they will not just interact directly with you but will expect you to reach out to them — and to learn from each other as well. Because our courses are of short duration, your engagement is essential and expected every day.


Academic Success

Being an active learner means being fully engaged in the course, asking questions and being open, curious and flexible. If you have questions about your course once it begins, you should reach out to your instructor as soon as possible.

Brown offers a wide variety of resources, both academic and personal, to support your learning this summer. You will receive more information about these through your student life mentors, residential staff and instructors.


Student Life

In addition to academic studies this summer, you’ll have the opportunity to experience even more outside of your coursework. 

By taking advantage of extracurricular programs and events, you'll be able to strengthen your connection to a robust community of peer scholars from around the world— all while developing important personal and social skills, such as interpersonal communication, time management and self-confidence.

Some of the ways you can engage include:

  • Educational workshops
  • College prep mentor groups
  • Social events like trivia and movie nights
  • Recreational activities

Guidelines and Policies

The Principles of the Brown University Community form the foundation for student conduct expectations at Brown. Your commitment to these principles helps us maintain an environment in which all students may enjoy the rights and privileges that accompany membership in our community. 

The Principles emphasize:

  • individual integrity
  • respect for University resources
  • respect for others
  • respect for the values of teaching, learning and scholarship

Throughout your time in our program, we’ll expect you to be open to sharing your own experience, but also open to hearing from others about theirs.