Life on the Brown University Campus

From residence and dining halls to educational and social activities, students are always learning at Brown.

Plans for summer Brown Pre-College in-person programs for 2021 focus on protecting the health of the community while providing students with a unique opportunity to experience living and learning on the Brown University campus. This page describes the on-campus experience in past years. View our COVID-19 operations webpage for the most up to date information about our on-campus experience for 2021.
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This section is applicable for students attending residential programs on the Brown University campus in Providence, RI. See Your Virtual Community for online programs.

Taking part in Pre-College programs on the Brown University campus will give you a real taste of what American college life is like. You’ll be responsible for getting yourself to and from classes while also choosing from a wide variety of out-of-classroom activities. These include everything from college success workshops to student organizations (ultimate frisbee, anyone?) and social programs. Our activities and events will give you the opportunity to further explore your interests while interacting with peers from around the world. 

Throughout the summer, you will have opportunities to attend different academic, social and recreational events on campus. You'll also be able to participate in our virtual events including interactive webinars, virtual mentor groups and more. All activities are free and available to all students.

The Residential Experience

Residential students live in Brown residence halls, a short distance from academic buildings and campus resources. Just like college, you’ll find residence halls staffed with carefully selected and trained Student Life staff who work proactively to create a vibrant and safe living-learning environment where everyone can thrive. 

Throughout the summer, Student Life staff host fun recreational activities in the residence halls that give you the chance to take a break from studying and build community with your fellow residents.

What’s in a residence hall room?

  • Each resident is supplied with a bed frame, mattress (extra-long twin), a desk and desk chair, mini fridge, microwave, bookcase, bureau, closet or wardrobe, trash can and recycling bin. 
  • Brown Wi-Fi is available from all residence hall rooms. 
  • Residence hall rooms are not air-conditioned, so we highly recommend bringing or renting a fan. 
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to rent linens and fans, if desired.

Educational and Social Activities

The learning doesn’t stop once class is over. As a Pre-College student, you can prepare for the transition to college through a range of talks and hands-on workshops.

College Success Workshops
Sharpen your skills for what’s next in your academic career through workshops on time management, effective communication, listening and note-taking, selecting majors, critical thinking and more. You can also take advantage of timely sessions on writing admissions essays and SAT/ACT preparation. 

Identity Exploration and Development Workshops
Throughout the summer, Student Life staff facilitate workshops for students to engage in critical thought regarding their identities. You are invited to step out of your comfort zone by participating in activities that delve into diversity, equity, inclusion and identity exploration.

Social Events
Get to know more of your peers outside of class by taking part in programs in your residence hall. Student Life staff create activities with their residents in mind so each week will look different: you could find yourself relaxing at a spa night, getting dirty while planting succulents or cheering as you watch a soccer match. This is a great opportunity to continue to build bonds with the other students living in your building.