Leadership Institute Online

Enrolled student information for the Leadership Institute Online.

Welcome to Brown University Pre-College Programs

We are thrilled you will be attending a Brown Pre-College program and joining the Brown community! In your online course you will be engaged with robust academics, access a wide range of virtual activities, meet peers from all over the world and discover your capacity to learn every day. Please review these pages carefully with your parents/guardians and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Students and parents/guardians can speak with a Program Advisor by calling 401-863-7900 during business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET) or by email at precollege@brown.edu.


Important Dates

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

  • May 22: Full payment for Leadership Institute
  • May 31: All required forms for all students 

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


You should log in to your student portal to complete your pre-program requirements. Parents/guardians also receive a checklist of items to complete, sent via email, so 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.


Forms will be made available through your student portal and are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally complete and sign your required forms and waivers. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.

Accessibility Services

If applicable, you 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 May 31.  You may also contact that email if you have any questions or concerns.

Course Orientation

You will log into your course in Canvas during the week of June 17 to complete your course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor(s) and classmates and help them to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you a few hours that week to complete at your own pace. You are required to complete your orientation by June 21. We will send you an email the day your orientation begins with instructions explaining how to access your course and begin orientation activities. From that point on you should be using your Brown email for course related activities and information, checking daily for course announcements and information from your instructor/instructional staff.

You will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself on the course start date listed in the course catalog.

Course Expectations

You should plan to log into your course at least once each day to complete daily assignments and plan time to complete upcoming projects and meet deadlines. Expect to spend 15 to 20 hours per week engaged with course materials and plan your schedule accordingly.

Synchronous Sessions

Mandatory synchronous Zoom sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST each week and will consist of interactive workshops and presentations with your classmates, instructors and/or instructional support staff.

Academic Resources

You should consider taking advantage of many of the resources listed below. In college, getting support and learning outside of class is a great benefit and does not necessarily indicate you are having challenges. It’s a good idea to start getting comfortable using these resources now so you are prepared to do so in college.

  • Course Materials: You are notified via your student portal at least two weeks prior to the start of your course regarding books or materials that you need to purchase. Other course specific supplies will be provided, if applicable. You should be prepared with pencils/pens, a notebook and any other essential items that you need for note-taking.
  • Canvas: You will have access to course-specific resources virtually in Canvas.
  • Libraries: All active students are able to access University Library resources virtually and in-person. To visit the Brown University Library follow the link here.
  • Writing Center: You can make an appointment to request support with writing assignments. Please follow the link here for details and an appointment request form.
  • Language Support: Brown offers support to students whose primary language is not English. To find out more and to make an appointment, please follow the link here

Inactive Online Students

You are required to remain active throughout your course. Inactivity within your course may result in dismissal from the program and you would not be eligible for a refund or Certificate of Completion. To remain active in your course you need to ensure that you are completing work and engaging in your course as required by your instructor as noted within your course syllabus. This includes, but is not limited to, engaging with your classmates/instructor on the discussion board and completing all readings, assignments, projects and assessments on time. You should notify your instructor immediately by email regarding anything that may impact your activity in the course. and iIt is your responsibility to stay up to date with email communications from your instructor and pre-college. 

What is the Action Plan?

We believe that students have the ability and responsibility to be engaged global citizens. The Action Plan is a capstone project, enabling you to apply what you've learned at Brown in your home communities.

We will help you define the issues that you are passionate about and construct a plan to address them. We work with you to set realistic goals, identify mentors and resource people and anticipate challenges.

Instructors and Leadership Institute Teaching Associates will help you design an Action Plan that fits your interests and skills. As one of your capstone assignments, you will share an oral presentation of your Action Plan with your peers.

What are some examples of Action Plans?

  • Developing a program, initiative or educational campaign (e.g., climate change, media literacy, body image) in your school, house of worship or neighborhood.
  • Collaborating with existing organizations or community groups that address a societal problem such as affordable housing, relationship violence or college access.
  • Planning and implementing a fundraiser for an organization or cause.
  • Improving your own leadership skills or developing your content knowledge around an issue of importance to you.


As an online student, you are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. These activities can connect you with students who are taking other online courses, as well as some students attending programs on the Brown campus, offer valuable preparation as you consider your college options and provide opportunities to build a wider community. Registration for these events will be available in your student portal at the start of your course.

You are responsible for abiding by all pre-college policies and guidelines while participating in the program. These include policies listed on the policy page as well as any policies shared with you by instructors and Student Life staff. Please also review the financial policies, including payment and refund information.

You will receive a Course Performance Report from your instructor and you in turn will be asked to complete a course evaluation upon completion of the course. If you successfully complete your program you will receive a digital CeCertificate of Completion. All completion materials including the Course Performance Report will be sent out in September.The certificate will be sent via a secured link to the email address you have on file and the Course Performance Report will be made available in your Student Portal.