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Pre-Baccalaureate Courses

College Credit Courses for High School Students

Summer 2019 Application Opens in December

Earn College Credit this Summer at Brown

The Brown University Pre-Baccalaureate Program is a highly selective program for college-bound students. Get a head start on college credit, explore fields of study that may become your major, and prepare for college success with an introduction to Ivy League academics.

During this seven-week summer session, students study alongside Brown undergraduates, in courses from Brown’s first-year undergraduate curriculum. Subjects span the natural sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, the humanities, and the fine and performing arts.

All courses are equivalent to semester-long offerings, compressed into an intense 7-week-long summer schedule. Classes are typically small, facilitating close collaboration between students and instructors. Classes meet approximately 8 hours per week, and require at least as much work outside the classroom.

Pre-Baccalaureate College Credit Course Catalog »

Expected Course Load: Pre-Baccalaureate students residing on campus are expected to enroll in two courses; commuting students may enroll in one or two courses.

Grades: In most courses, students are evaluated by an A, B, C, or NC (no credit) grade. In some courses (noted in the individual course descriptions), students may be evaluated on a satisfactory/no-credit basis, rather than a letter grade. Students may also request that their instructors write a Course Performance Report on their behalf, which in many cases becomes useful when students apply to college.

Pre- Baccalaureate courses may provide students with advanced standing once they enroll as an undergraduate in a college or university.

Program Dates:

June 24 – August 10, 2018

Eligibility: For rising or recently graduated High School Seniors

Residential, 2 courses: $11,978
Commuter, 1 course: $4,056
Commuter, 2 courses: $8,002

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Life on the Brown Campus

Students live and learn on Brown’s magnificent Ivy League campus, in residence halls within walking distance of academic buildings and campus resources. Each hall is staffed with carefully selected and trained Residence Directors (RDs) and Residential Advisors (RAs), who live onsite and guide students to create a balanced academic and social life.

Students eat their meals in Brown’s dining halls, and have access to Brown libraries, study centers, and The Brown Writing Center.

A Brown Pre-College experience goes way beyond the classroom

Outside the classroom, students participate in popular social and academic activities across campus and in the residence halls – all free of charge - that help them form friendships and meet people from around the world. There are movies, karaoke, talent shows, yoga, dance instruction, trips to popular off-campus locations, and much more.

The College Success Workshop Series

A unique benefit of the Summer@Brown program: workshops are designed to help students prepare for the college admissions process, make informed college choices, and prepare for success in the college classroom.

Workshop topics like these are repeated throughout the summer:

  • Finding the College That's Right for You
  • Writing the College Admission Essay
  • Taking Effective Notes and Preparing for Tests
  • Preparing for College-Level Writing
  • "Pathways Series”, exploring the professions of medicine, law, engineering, journalism, international relations, and the creative arts

The Summer@Brown College Fair

A highlight of each summer. Brown Pre-College Programs hosts New England’s largest college fair, attracting recruiting and admissions representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities and conservatories across the U.S. and around the world.


Campus Resources

Libraries and Study Centers

Brown libraries and study centers are available for research, browsing, or quiet study throughout the summer. Highlights include the John D. Rockefeller Library ("the Rock"), the Sciences Library and the Friedman Study Center, and the special collections at the John Hay Library. Learn More »

The Brown Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students choose and refine topics, and write organized, well-supported, and eloquent essays. The Center offers summer hours especially for Brown Pre-College students.

Computing Labs

Locations across campus offer computers, scanners and printers. If you do not own a laptop there are a limited number available for loan through the Computing and Information Services Department while on campus.

The BeU Lounge

Brown University is committed to diversity and inclusion in Pre-College Programs. The diversity programs held in the BeU lounge are a gateway that provide diversity and inclusion education, resources, tools and forums to pre-college students. Residential Advisors passionate about these subjects will facilitate workshops and roundtable discussions to help students comfortably navigate the diverse world in which we live.

Providence: Historic and Hip

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island, the state's capital and largest city. Known as the "Creative Capital", Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation. Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets surrounding Brown, as is evident in the immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian houses of "College Hill".

Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and where you’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

Summer 2019 Application Opens in December

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

A Complete Application Consists of the Following Items:

  1. A Completed Application Form
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    Your application provides basic information about you. In addition, students should be prepared to write an essay telling us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying;
    • why this is of interest to you;
    • what contributions you hope to make;
    • and any further information you want to convey to us.
  2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal)
    One application fee per application submitted
    Before 3/2/2018: $50
    3/2/2018 to 4/29/2018: $75
    4/30/2018 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report
    Applicants must submit grades for the 2017-2018 academic term and two previous academic years. Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, progress reports, report cards, transcripts and unofficial transcripts. Documentation must include your full name and an explanation of the scoring system in English. Applicants will upload this material in the student portal after they have submitted their application form. Academic records do NOT need to be submitted by your school or guidance counselor.
  4. A Teacher Recommendation
    Within the application applicants must submit the name and email address of a teacher who can attest to the applicant’s capabilities in a classroom setting. An email will be sent to the recommender to provide feedback to the Admission Review Committee.

Please note:

  • In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee until they are complete.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstance.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made.

May 2018 Update: Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. Due to the high volume of applications and selectivity of our programs, admissions decisions will be made within fifteen business days of receipt of a complete application.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.


Student and parents are encouraged to review our Policies page to learn about important payment deadlines, refunds, code of conduct, and more.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, Immigration Guidelines, Deadlines for Submitting Documentation, How to Apply for a Visa, and more on our International Students page.

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