COVID-19 Information: Brown University is closely monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and around the world. As we consider options for this summer’s Pre-College Programs and make decisions on status, we expect to update students and families on those decisions no later than April 16. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the Pre-College COVID-19 web page for additional information.

Information for Prospective Students

How to Apply to Brown University’s Pre-College Programs

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Team looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, and self-motivation.

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following items:

  1. A Complete Application Form
    Parents/Guardians and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    All applications are submitted electronically within the Student Portal. The application form is where applicants will provide information about themselves, complete the essay requirement, input the name and email address of the teacher providing their recommendation (if applicable), and upload their transcript/most recent grade report.

  2. Essay
    All Pre-College Programs require applicants to submit a 250 - 500 word essay, responding to a unique essay prompt based on the program.

  3. A Non-Refundable Application Fee Paid securely by credit card within the application form.
    • Application fee when submitted on or before 3/1/2020: $50
    • Application fee when submitted between 3/2/2020 - 4/26/2020: $75
    • Application fee when submitted on or after 4/27/2020: $100

  4. Transcript & Most Recent Grade Report
    Academic records must be submitted within the application. Official transcripts are not required, and they do not need to be submitted by a school guidance counselor.
    Applicants must submit grades from the 2019-2020 academic year in addition to grades from the past two academic years (2018-2019, 2017-2018). Grade submissions must be in English and contain the applicant’s full name and the academic term represented. Acceptable submissions may include, but are not limited to:
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Report card
    • Progress report
    • Marksheets
    • Screenshot of grades from a school portal (it must contain the applicant’s full name)
    • Narrative assessment
    Please include an explanation of the grading scale used by the school(s) if different from the U.S. grading system.

  5. Teacher Recommendation (if applicable)
    The following Pre-College Programs require a teacher recommendation:
    • All Location-Based Programs
    • All Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) Programs
    • The Pre-Baccalaureate Program

    The following situations require a teacher recommendation:
    • Students applying to the Leadership Institute or Summer@Brown who are completing 9th grade and are 14 years of age on June 1;
    • Students applying to the STEM Program for Rising 9th & 10th Graders who are 13 years of age on June 1.

    If a teacher recommendation is required, applicants will be asked to provide the name and email address of a teacher within the application. Applicants must submit the name and email address of a teacher who can attest to the applicant’s social maturity and academic performance. Upon entering this information, an email containing a recommendation form will be sent to the provided teacher email address. We will only accept our recommendation form.

English Language Proficiency.

Detailed information on Brown’s expectations regarding English Language fluency can be found on the information page For International Students.
International students who don’t speak English as their primary language will be asked to submit one of the following as evidence of English language proficiency:

Duolingo Test - The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on demand, in under an hour. The test is taken online via a computer with a front-facing camera. The test includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample, which can be shared with the Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs at Brown University. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Important: Be sure to share your results with Brown University’s Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs, not Brown University Undergraduate Admission.

InitialView - InitialView is an unscripted, conversational format that helps us get to know you better, InitialView interviewers conduct a live interview and proctor an open-ended writing sample that provides applicants with a chance to demonstrate their interests and communication skills.

InitialView records the conversation and shares the entire video and writing sample with the Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs at Brown University for review by our Admissions Team. InitialView does not score or rate applicants.

Applicants complete the interview/writing sample using either a smartphone or a computer with a front-facing camera. InitialView materials are available in as little as 48 hours.

Important: Be sure to share your results with Brown University’s Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs, not Brown University Undergraduate Admission.

English Language Assessment Form - The English Language Assessment form provides an opportunity for the applicant's English language teacher to share their assessment of the applicant's English language proficiency. Applicants selecting this method as evidence of English language proficiency will provide the name and email address of their current English language teacher in their application. That teacher will be emailed and asked to submit an assessment of the applicant’s fluency.

Students for whom English is not their primary language but are United States citizens will only be asked to submit the English language assessment.

Please Note:

  • In some cases, supplemental application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations. Supplemental will be notified by email if additional information is required.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Team until they are complete.
  • Applicants are expected to abide by the Pre-College Code of Conduct which includes an expectation of academic integrity so that all application materials submitted must be the original work of the applicant.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • For Location-Based and BELL Programs, please wait to make travel arrangements until the program is confirmed.

Admission Decisions

Our Admissions Team carefully reviews each application submitted and, in most cases, makes decisions within 15 business days of receiving a complete application. An email will be sent to the applicant after a decision has been made. This email will prompt the applicant to log in to their Student Portal to view their admission decision.

In some instances, the team may decide that the applicant would be better suited for a different Brown Pre-College Program than the one they applied to. When this happens, students will receive an admission decision indicating that they were not admitted into their initial program choice, but are instead offered admission to an alternate program.

Important Note for Applicants Applying Before January 15th: Course registration will open on January 15. Applicants who submit complete applications by January 10 will receive their admission decision on January 14. Those who are accepted on January 14 will be among the first students eligible to pay their program deposit and register for courses.

Applicants with missing checklist requirements (please see the "Application Checklist") are not guaranteed an admission decision on January 14. After January 15, admission decisions will be released on a rolling basis.

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 register for courses until a program deposit is received. Students admitted to a BELL or Location-Based program must pay their deposit by the deadline indicated in their decision letter to secure their spot. Additional deadline information can be found on individual program pages.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College Programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, deadlines for submitting documentation, visa information, and more on our International Students page.

For Pre-Baccalaureate Students: Please note that we must receive completed applications, including supporting material (e.g., teacher recommendation, evidence of English language proficiency), by April 13th, in order to ensure sufficient time to review applications, and, if admitted, process I-20 materials. If students currently hold valid F-1 status, or are Canadian, they may still be eligible to participate in the program after the deadline. Please email for more information.

Life on the Brown University Campus

Please note: This section is applicable for students attending one of the following Pre-College Programs that occur on the Brown University campus: Summer@Brown, Summer@Brown for English Language Learners, Leadership Institute, and STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders. For Location-Based and BELL Programs, please review the individual program pages for equivalent information.

The Brown Pre-College experience extends far beyond the classroom. Students will build community in the residence halls, in the dining halls, and through a wide variety of activities including college success workshops, talks and lectures, student organizations, social programs, and visits to off-campus locations. These activities allow participants to enhance their overall experience and further explore their interests - all while interacting with peers from around the world. Co-curricular activities are provided free of charge and are available to all students, whether they are living on-campus or commuting. Each Monday throughout the summer, Campus Life staff coordinate a weekly Activities Fair during which students learn about the academic, social, and recreational opportunities they can enjoy while on campus. We encourage students to also read the Campus Resources section for information about dining on campus, recreation and fitness, and more.

Using the app Guidebook, students can review all of the activities and events throughout their time on campus. The Summer 2020 Guidebook will be published in late spring, but a sample schedule of two weekdays has been provided below.

Time Monday Tuesday
9:00AM - 10:00AM Yoga on the Green Yoga on the Green
10:00AM - 11:00AM Choosing the Right Major for You Drama Club; Volleyball; Test-Taking Tips
11:00AM - 1:00PM The Activities Fair Ultimate Frisbee; The College Admissions Cycle
12:00PM - 1:00PM The Activities Fair Pop Culture Bingo
1:00PM - 2:00PM   Improv Club; Ability Workshop
2:00PM - 3:00PM The College Experience for International Students; Arts and Crafts Club Socioeconomic Status in America Workshop; Capture the Flag
3:00PM - 4:00PM Soccer Quidditch; Learning Styles Workshop
4:00PM - 5:00PM Listening and Note Taking Workshop; College Experience Panel A Capella Club; SAT/ACT Prep Workshop
6:00PM - 7:00PM Murder Mystery; Backyard Sports; individual Student Organizations including: LBGT Spectrum, Black, Afro-Caribbean, or African American, Middle East and Arab American, East Asian/Asian American S’mores and Polaroids
6:30PM - 7:30PM Path to Careers Panel Writing the College Essay Workshop
7:00PM - 8:00PM Individual Student Organizations including: LatinX, South Asian & Indian; Power & Privilege Workshop Open Mic Night!
9:00PM - 10:00PM Floor Meetings in Residence Halls  

The Residential Experience

Residential students attending a program on the Brown campus will live in Brown residence halls within walking distance of academic buildings and campus resources. Residence halls are staffed with carefully selected and trained Residence Directors (RDs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) who live alongside students and work proactively to create vibrant and safe communities in which students can thrive. Residential staff serve as a familiar first resource for residents and may refer them to additional support services when necessary.

Throughout the summer, Resident Assistants (RAs) will host fun and developmental activities in the residence halls giving students opportunities to build community with their fellow residents while they take a break from studying.

Each resident is supplied with a bed frame, mattress (twin extra-long), a desk and desk chair, bookcase, bureau, closet or wardrobe, trash can, and recycling bin. Students will have access to Brown WIFI from their residence hall rooms. Please note: rooms in the residence halls are not air-conditioned, so we highly recommend students bring or rent a fan. Students will also be provided opportunities to rent linens and micro-fridges, if desired.

Educational Workshops

College Success Workshops
Pre-College students will have opportunities to prepare for the transition to college and explore academic pathways through academic workshops about time management, effective communication, listening and notetaking, selecting majors, critical thinking, and more. There are also a variety of workshops and presentations led by professionals including sessions about writing admissions essays and SAT/ACT preparation.

The BeU Identity Exploration and Development Workshops
Throughout the summer, Campus Life staff will facilitate workshops for students to engage in critical thought regarding their identities and intersectionalities. Students will be able to step out of their comfort zone by making new friends and participating in learning opportunities that delve into diversity, equity, inclusion and identity exploration.

Social Activities

Campus-wide Events
Campus Life staff facilitate large-scale programs throughout the week that provide students a safe and welcoming environment where they can meet students who don’t live in their residence hall and form friendships. Examples of these activities include the movie nights, dances, recreational games, and club activities.

Weekend Off-site Excursions
Off-site trips give students opportunities to explore the greater Rhode Island area – with free transportation and the freedom to plan their own schedule. These excursions take place each weekend and feature trips to local attractions (beaches, museums, colleges, etc.). Space on these trips is limited and registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the registration for off-site excursions does not open until the Sunday prior to the trip.

Student Organizations

BeU Identity Organizations
These identity-based organizations provide a community space for Pre-College students to build and affirm community along with peers and staff. Students will be able to join groups such as the Asian Students Organization, International Students - Global Union, Women’s Student Association, Black Summer@Brown Group, Spectrum LGBTQ, and more.

Recreational Organizations
Students learn how to work together as a team while having fun and getting good exercise after the hours spent in class. Students are able to participate in a wide-array of recreational organizations where they can play basketball, soccer, quidditch, and ultimate frisbee.

Beyond the Book Organizations
Beyond the Book Organizations bring together students who share common interests in a topic or social activity. Students are able to deepen their connection to the Pre-College community through common interests such as murder mystery games, TEDx Brown, and book club.

2020 Summer College Fair

The annual Summer College Fair is free and open to the public - students and parents from the surrounding area are invited to attend. The Fair offers students an opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities and conservatories. Learn more »

Locations of Interest On and Near Campus

Some places students might want to visit while participating in a program at Brown are listed below:

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.

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