Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This page is constantly being updated with new questions and and answers. We encourage you to check back frequently. 

Last Updated: March 9, 2023

Q: How do I complete the application?

A: Click here to view a step-by-step guide on how to complete your application. 

Q: When will I receive an admissions decision?

A: In most cases, admission decisions are made within 15 business days of receiving a complete application. Applications must include all supporting materials to be reviewed. 

Q: What does the Admissions team look for in an applicant?

A: We are seeking academically high-achieving students who provide a well-written application essay that highlights their intellectual curiosity, social maturity and self-motivation. We review applications holistically. When determining admissibility, we look at a number of factors including academic performance, motivation, interests and English language proficiency. 

Q: Is there an application deadline?

A: The general application deadline is May 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Q: What grade reports are required?

A: You must submit grades from the current academic year in addition to grades from the past academic year. Grade submissions must be in English and contain your full name and the academic term represented. Official transcripts are not required. 

Q: Am I applying to a specific program or course?

A: You are applying to the Brown Pre-College Program. If accepted, you will be prompted to submit a non-refundable $300 deposit and can then enroll in any open course you are eligible for based on your age and grade-level. We recommend you consult our Course Catalog prior to submitting your non-refundable deposit. 

Q: I attended last year. Do I need to create a new application each year?

A: Yes, students must submit a new application each year. Returning students can log in to precollege.brown.edu with the email and password they originally used to create their account. Please contact precollege@brown.edu with any questions about passwords or access.

Q: What level of English Language proficiency is required?

A: Students who participate in Brown’s Pre-College programs must have a strong command of the English language in order to succeed in academic study. International students who don’t speak English as their primary language will be asked to submit either a Duolingo or InitialView language assessment as part of their application submission.

Q: Do you offer courses for credit?

A: Brown Pre-College courses are not for credit. Our seven-week, online Pre-Baccalaureate Program for rising, and recently graduated, high school seniors offers college credit.

Q: Will participating in Brown Pre-College help me when applying to Brown Undergraduate admission?

A: Pre-College is not a prospecting program for University undergraduate admissions. Successfully completing a Brown Pre-College course will demonstrate interest in an area of study for general undergraduate admissions. For questions regarding Brown Undergraduate Admission, please contact their office directly by phone at 401-863-2378 or via email at admission@brown.edu.

Q: Are your online courses synchronous or asynchronous?

A: Brown’s online courses include Asynchronous, Mostly Asynchronous and Blended formats: 

  • Asynchronous courses do not require students to log in at a set time of day. Students have the flexibility to learn on their own daily schedule. 
  • Our Mostly Asynchronous courses include a few optional live sessions each week to supplement course material. 
  • Blended courses will include asynchronous content and 1-3 prescheduled, required live sessions each week. 

All online students should plan to spend approximately two hours each day (about 15 hours per week) on a variety of course activities, to ensure they keep current with the associated work.

Q: What level of English Language proficiency is required?

A: Students who participate in Brown’s Pre-College programs must have a strong command of the English language in order to succeed in academic study. International students who don’t speak English as their primary language will be asked to submit either a Duolingo or InitialView language assessment as part of their application submission.

Q: Is there an Attendance Policy?

A: Students are required to attend class. Absence or inactivity within your course may result in a dismissal from the program. Students dismissed for reasons of absence or inactivity will not be refunded.

Q: What is a Course Performance Report (CPR)?

A: Students who successfully complete in-person courses that are longer than two weeks or longer and online courses that are three weeks or longer in length will receive a Course Performance Report (CPR) by early fall. The CPR is an assessment by the instructor of a student's work within the course. It normally includes some numerical ratings focused on foundational aspects of the student's quality of engagement, as well as a brief narrative.

Q: How do I enroll in a course? 

A: We created this brief video tutorial of how to 1) accept your offer to Brown Pre-College, 2) pay your deposit and 3) enroll in a course. 

How to Enroll in a Course Video

Q: Will I be able to enroll in a specific course? 

A: We recommend accepted students confirm their desired course is available prior to submitting their $300 non-refundable deposit. Admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course or program.

Q: Is there a deadline to accept my offer of admission and submit my deposit?

A: There is no deadline to submit your non-refundable deposit, however, your deposit must be submitted to enroll in a course. We recommend students deposit and enroll as soon as they’ve confirmed a course of interest is available. 

Q: Can I take more than one course?

A: Please refer to our Enrollment Policies for information about course enrollments per program. 

Q: My course of interest has reached capacity. Am I still able to enroll in the course?

A: Admission does not guarantee registration in a specific course or program. When submitting your application, you are applying to the Brown Pre-College Program, not to a specific course. We recommend adding yourself to the waitlist for your course of interest and enrolling in an open course. 

Q: How does the waitlist work?  

A: Waitlisted students will be notified via email should a space become available for them in a course. Space will open on a rolling basis only if a currently enrolled student drops the course. 

Q: I've enrolled in a course. What happens next?  

A: Once you have enrolled, you may view and manage the enrollment in your student portal course cart. Families can expect communication from our billing team regarding submitting payment for courses fees and links to required forms starting in late March. 

Q: Will I have a roommate on campus? When will I learn who they are?

A: Brown Pre-College students who are enrolled in on-campus programs are housed in Brown’s residence halls which offer a variety of settings and room sizes, with an assortment of features unique to individual buildings. Given the variety of the residence halls, Brown Pre-College students will be housed in a single, double or sometimes, triple room assignment. You will receive your housing assignment when you arrive to campus at check-in. If you are assigned to a space with roommates, you will meet your roommate in your residence hall. In most cases, students are assigned housing based on the duration of time on campus, and if you are assigned a roommate(s) we aim to ensure they are within one year of your age. 

Q: How can I request an accommodation?

A: Students may request accommodations as part of our onboarding forms process 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. All requests should be submitted at least two weeks before your program begins. Please email accessibility@brown.edu with questions.

Q: Can I stay in the residence halls if I am taking more than once course this summer?

A: If the courses you are taking run consecutively, students are able to remain on campus the weekend between sessions, but they may be required to move to a new housing location for their next course. If there is a week or more between your courses you would not be eligible to remain on campus and should make plans to depart campus at the conclusion of your course and return when your next course begins.

Q: What kind of extracurricular activities will be available?

A: Students will have the opportunity to participate in social and educational activities across campus. We will also host virtual extracurricular learning and community engagement activities. Days and nights on Brown’s summer campus are filled with workshops, affinity groups, activities and events that engage students. Learn more about student life programming here.

Q: What are your COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students studying in person in Summer 2023?

A: Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), which includes a primary series (of one or two shots, depending on the brand of vaccine) and one booster. Documentation of these vaccinations must be provided prior to arrival on campus or program site.

Q: What if I had a COVID-19 infection and it prevented me from getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: If you have COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to your arrival on campus and this prevents you from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, you will be able to attend in-person programs.

Q: How can I request a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

A: Please contact precollege@brown.edu for more information on how to request a medical or religious exemption. The deadline for medical exemptions is May 13. The deadline for religious exemptions is June 2.

Q: Will I be required to wear a mask while participating in person? 

A: You will not be required to wear a mask at this time to participate in programming, except in the following circumstances: 

  1. You are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  2. You have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been cleared to leave isolation (see the isolation information below);
  3. You are visiting or in a healthcare facility, including the campus Health & Wellness Center;
  4. You are in a class where the instructor requires students to wear masks (this can be required at the instructor’s discretion); or
  5. You are in a meeting where the host requires attendees to wear masks (for example, a faculty or staff member meeting with a student in their office may require the student to wear a mask during the meeting).

Acceptable masks on the Brown University campus include KN95, KF94, N95 or disposable/surgical masks. Cloth masks generally do not provide adequate protection and are only acceptable if used over a disposable mask to improve the fit. You will be required to have an approved mask available to wear at any time in case one of the above situations requires it.

We also encourage all students, staff and faculty to wear a mask whenever you choose to do so and for any reason (including personal and community protection against seasonal flu and colds). This personal choice should be respected. As with vaccination status, no one should ask another individual about their personal choice to wear a mask.

Q: Will you be testing students for COVID-19?

A: Students are required to self-administer a rapid antigen test 72 hours prior to arrival at the program. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must report a positive result to Pre-College staff by emailing precollege@brown.edu and not travel to the site of your program.

Within 48 hours of arrival to the program site, students must self-administer a rapid antigen test again. Students are required to report positive test results by emailing precollege@brown.edu or their residential assistant.

Testing will be required during the program for any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Rapid antigen tests will be made available to any asymptomatic student wishing to take additional tests.

Q: What supplies will be made available to students to protect from COVID-19?

A: All residential students will have access to University-approved masks, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer and rapid antigen tests throughout the duration of their time on campus. The student life staff in your residence hall can provide you with additional supplies, as needed.

Q: What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 while attending a program?

A: Brown University requires that community members who test positive for COVID-19 self-isolate for a period of five (5) days from the date of first symptoms or positive test result. The 5-day period applies regardless of previous infection, vaccination or booster status, and regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. 

If on day 5 your symptoms are not improving or you have fever (temperature greater than 100.4), you should continue to isolate until you have been fever-free for 24 hours and/or your symptoms begin to improve.

If on day 6 your symptoms are improving and you don’t have a fever, you can leave isolation. After isolation, you are required to wear a high-quality well-fitting mask for 5 more days when around others. 

If you test positive while attending an in-person program, it is expected that your family will make arrangements for you to safely return home within 48 hours of your positive test. Until you can depart campus, you will isolate in a single room and meals will be delivered to you.