Summer@Brown and Pre-Baccalaureate On-Campus

Accepted student information for Summer@Brown and Pre-Baccalaureate On-Campus.

Welcome to Brown University Pre-College Programs

We are thrilled you will be attending a Brown Pre-College program! Your on-campus experience will engage you in a robust academic program balanced with activities, meeting new friends and discovering your capabilities.

Important Dates

Be sure all of your forms and payment are completed by their assigned deadlines:

  • May 25: Full payment for Summer@Brown Pre-College Courses
  • June 15: Full payment for Pre-Baccalaureate Courses
  • June 3: All required forms for all students

Students registered after these deadlines are expected to complete form requirements and make payment within 48 hours of registration.


Forms are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally complete and sign your required forms and waivers as well as upload your required Physician’s Immunization and Health History Form signed by a medical provider. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.


You should log in to your student portal to complete your pre-program requirements. Parents and guardians also receive a checklist of items to complete, which are sent via email. Please remind them to check their email accounts for this important information that requires action.

The usernames and passwords associated with your Brown email address will be needed prior to and during your course time. Please be sure to document all usernames and passwords.

Accessibility Services

If applicable: Students may request accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability, including medical conditions, temporary injuries and significant food allergies. Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered, however, there may be limits as to what can be provided without sufficient notice. Be sure to submit your requests using the Medical Authorization and Health History Form by June 3. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.

Please visit the Healthy Summer at Brown Pre-College 2022 page for updates and information about Brown Pre-College Programs preparedness, action and response to COVID-19.

When to Arrive

We will welcome you to campus on the Sunday prior to the start of your course between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST on the Main Green at Sayles Hall. The best GPS address for arrival is: 75 Waterman Street, Providence, RI. Current Rhode Island travel restrictions do not require a mandatory quarantine. However, Rhode Island travel restrictions are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to stay up to date on Rhode Island travel restrictions before arriving on campus. 

Upon check-in, students will receive their residence hall room keys, Brown ID card, campus map and other pertinent materials. 


Students and their families are required to coordinate transportation to and from Brown’s campus. Brown Pre-College is unable to provide transportation or coordinate travel assistance.


The Power Street parking garage, located at 111 Power Street, Providence, RI 02903, is our preferred parking location for students, families and guests. The garage entrance is located at the intersection of Power and Thayer Streets. The Main Green, where Pre-College check-in is located, is a short walk up Thayer Street. Families and guests may park at this location for no fee on check-in days. We ask that all cars be moved from the parking garage no later than 8 p.m. EST.

If the parking garage is full when you arrive, please find street parking in the surrounding area.

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Unaccompanied Travel

In recent years, bus, train and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. We encourage families/guardians to review their likely carrier’s policies early and make decisions about travel based on the assumption that students must arrive on campus for orientation and depart campus at the end of their program without assistance from the Pre-College programs.

Early Arrival

Although students should make every effort to plan their travel to Brown based on a Sunday arrival, procedures are in place to accommodate Saturday arrival for those students who are arriving from long distances and need to work around flight schedules. There is a $150 early arrival fee for students arriving on Saturday. Early arrival must be purchased by the Wednesday before your program start date. If you meet the early arrival criteria due to long-distance travel, please click through the Early Arrival purchase link in the Optional section of your Student Portal. As buildings are in use throughout the summer, the rooms for specific programs may not be available until Sunday at 9 a.m. Any approved early arrival students may be housed in a different building than the one students will be assigned to on Sunday.

Late Arrival

Students should make every effort to arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday before their classes begin. Students who are arriving after 1 p.m. will check in with the Pre-College Student Life Housing Team to access their arrival packet. Please email with the time of your late arrival and arrival instructions will be provided.

If you experience travel delays en route, please email to let us know what time you expect to arrive on campus so we may update our records.

When to Depart from Campus

Since Brown University's campus is populated with many programs across the summer months, students should plan to leave campus on Friday after attending their last class and must return their key and check out of the residence hall no later than 9 p.m. Students are expected to attend their last class. Please note that some classes are scheduled to end at 6:20 p.m. If class schedules or long-distance travel plans necessitate staying on Friday night, students may remain until Saturday at 9 a.m. Extensions beyond this time cannot be accommodated.

Students will arrive at a central location on campus to check-in before proceeding to their residence hall. Students should anticipate being able to manage the move-in of their belongings independently. Following check-in, there will be a parent/guardian and student orientation we ask you to attend. Details on orientation times will be provided at check-in.

Program staff will be available to direct you as you navigate the campus and answer any questions you may have.

An additional student orientation will be held on Sunday evening.

Campus Tours

Campus tours for students and their families will be available at multiple times during the Sunday morning of check-in. Details on tour times will be provided at check-in.

Check-In for Students Attending Multiple Consecutive On-Campus Courses

Students are generally housed with other students who are spending the same amount of time on campus. While we make every effort to limit the amount of change in housing for students who are participating in consecutive programs or courses, these students may be required to move in between courses. Your resident assistant will notify you if a move is necessary the last Thursday of your course or program. If a move is necessary, you are required to check-in for that session on the Sunday before your next course begins and must move all belongings on that day to your new room. 

What is Provided

All students will reside in a Brown University residence hall room. These rooms will include typical college furniture: a bed, desk and chair, dresser, trash can and access to wireless internet. Small refrigerators will be provided. Rooms are not air conditioned. 

What to Bring - Suggested Packing List

  • Clothing: shorts, t-shirts, pants, etc. and clothes hangers. As summer weather in Providence can range from 50 to over 100 degrees and bright sun to heavy rain, it’s important to bring clothes that you can layer, so that regardless of the temperature, you are comfortable.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Proper attire for laboratory-based classes (if applicable, see below)
  • Bathing suit (if desired)
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Sunscreen, lotion and bug spray
  • Cell phone, phone charger and earbuds
  • Laptop computer or tablet and charger
  • Notebook and writing utensils
  • Prescribed medications, contact lenses, glasses
  • Toothbrush, toiletries, soap
  • Bathrobe, flip-flops for shower and shower caddy
  • Towels and face cloths
  • Sheets for your twin, extra-long size bed (36 by 80 inches, approximately 6 inches thick). You may also wish to bring a mattress cover or pad. See below for information about linen rentals. 
  • Pillows
  • A light blanket, bedspread or comforter 
  • A desk lamp (if desired). All rooms have overhead lighting
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Small personal items to make your room feel like home (e.g. photos, trinkets or figurines)
  • Fan. The residence halls rooms are not air-conditioned and it can become very warm in Providence in the summer. Students are encouraged to bring their own fan or to purchase one when they arrive in Providence in a local store. There will be an extremely limited number of window fans available to rent on check-in day.

What Not to Bring:

You may NOT bring pets, any cooking devices, air conditioners, candles or motor vehicles to campus. Commuter students may bring motor vehicles to transport themselves to and from campus. Additional information will be provided to Commuter students later in the spring.

Linen Rentals/Laundry Service

Linen rental, pillow purchases and laundry services are available through Please select Brown University Summer when making your purchase. 

Proper Attire for Laboratory-Based Courses 

Students completing coursework in laboratories or who will be enrolled in a course that will take them into the Brown Design Workshop should keep in mind there are established practices for lab and workshop attire. Closed-toed shoes or sneakers and long pants are required. Sandals, shorts, skirts or tank tops may NOT be worn in either setting. Students with long hair should be prepared to tie their hair back for safety reasons as necessary and as required by your instructor.

Spending Money 

Students will have access to the Brown University dining halls and we encourage students to eat all meals there. All program activities and excursions are free of charge so the need for spending money will be minimal. However,  if students would like to make purchases at the Brown Bookstore they may do so. There may also be opportunities for students to dine at local restaurants or purchase from local shops. If a student chooses to partake in these activities during their free time, spending money may be necessary.

Students who wish to use washers and dryers will need to purchase a Bear Bucks Guest Card. Please see the Laundry section below for more details.


Class Attendance

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.

Course Resources

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). 

Course Expectations

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.

Overnight Leave

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

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 Services

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:

Student Name
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.

Code of Conduct

Please review the Brown Pre-College Code of Conduct and associated policies. Students are responsible for abiding by all of these policies and guidelines while participating in the program.

Financial Information

Please review our financial policies, including payment and refund information.

Course Completion Materials

If your course is longer than one week, you will receive a Course Performance Report from your instructor and you in turn will be asked to complete a course evaluation. If you successfully complete your program you will receive a Certificate of Completion. All completion materials including the Course Performance Report will be sent out in early September. The certificate will be sent via US Mail to your listed address and the Course Performance Report will be sent electronically to the email address we have on file for you.