For FAQ topics specific to incoming students, please visit the Incoming First-Year FAQ.
Dates for all semesters of the 2020-21 academic year can be found on the Registrar’s official Academic Calendar. The dates currently published on this site assume that public health guidance does not alter Brown's plans.
Shopping period dates can be found on the Registrar’s official Academic Calendar, and will take place remotely. To facilitate the virtual shopping period, you can access the published Canvas sites for any course in your [email protected] (CAB) Primary Cart until the end of the shopping period on Tuesday, February 2.
Banner will not ordinarily allow students to register for classes that meet at the same time or overlap. However, during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, the College will waive the usual course overlap guidelines to allow students to be registered for overlapping courses that are predominantly asynchronous, online courses (for example, a course with largely recorded lectures) where both instructors support the student's request for an exception. Please note that courses with significant synchronous components such as live discussion sections will not be eligible for this exception. The full list of updated policies for Spring 2021 is now available on the Healthy Brown website.
Undergraduate petitions may be submitted through the end of the add/drop period via the Advising Sidekick (ASK): https://ask.brown.edu/petitions/mypetitions/list. You can also navigate here from ASK > Petitions > CAS: Petitions > My Petitions. Please click the "New Petition" button, then select the "Enrolling in courses with overlapping meeting times" petition type and complete the petition. You will need the approval of both instructors/supporters, who will be notified when you select the overlapping courses and instructors at the bottom of the petition.
Operations for lab and studio courses will be based on guidelines from the RI Department of Health. Since these guidelines may change, please stay tuned for additional information closer to the start of the semester.
Please reach out to a degree completion dean via [email protected] to discuss your specific circumstances.
Yes, permissions granted by the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) will be honored.
Brown degrees are conferred once per year in May. If you complete degree requirements in Summer 2021, you will earn your degree in May 2022. However, you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of the Registrar if you need to provide documentation of having completed your degree before your degree is conferred.
Just as you would during summer in the 2-semester system, you will be able to engage in remote research and other co-curricular experiences.
In Spring 2021, Brown will follow the standard grading policies outlined in the Faculty Rules and Regulations, which support both student and instructor choice around grade options. Some courses will be offered mandatory Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) at the discretion of the instruction. If your course is not a mandatory S/NC course, you can elect to take the course either for a letter grade (A/B/C/NC) or S/NC. The grade option deadlines for the 2020-21 academic year can be found in the Registrar's Academic Calendar.
There are five possible options for location of study: 1) on-campus (in Brown-owned or Brown-leased housing), 2) off-campus in the Providence area (either as a junior or senior), 3) remote (outside of the Providence area), 4) as a commuter (permanent address within 30 miles of Providence), and 5) in RISD housing as a RISD-Brown dual degree student.
In the Spring 2021 Location of Study Form, you will only see the options that are applicable to your circumstances based on your semester level, permanent address, and whether you are a RISD-Brown dual degree student.
You can, however, take some or all of your courses remotely regardless of your location of study.
If you chose “remote” as your location of study, you are affirming that you have no intention to visit the campus or reside in the Providence area. As a remote student, you will not be able to access campus, campus facilities, or in person resources. Doing so is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
Juniors must have permission from Residential Life to live off-campus in the Providence area. Sophomores are not eligible for off-campus permission unless there are extraordinary extenuating circumstances.
Choosing remote as your location of study in order to live off-campus in the Providence area without permission from Residential Life is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
If your circumstances change after you have submitted the Spring 2021 Location of Study form, please contact [email protected] to request changes to your location of study. Late requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and may result in less flexibility regarding your location of study (e.g., move-in and housing assignments for students who wish to live on campus).
All courses will have a remote or online participation option, so that all registered students (whether remote or here in residence in Providence) can engage fully.
Yes, all students will still have the choice to participate in courses remotely.
If you elect to enroll remotely in a Brown course this fall, you will be able to access Brown Library resources using your Brown login information. You will also have remote access to campus resources such as Brown’s Writing Center and Tutoring program. For information about student access to campus resources in Spring 2021, click here.
No, if you choose to study remotely, you will only have access to online resources and facilities. If you choose to study remotely and you come to campus during fall semester, this could be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
Given the uncertain nature of the global health crisis’s continued effects on both public health and on travel between countries, Brown made the decision to cancel all University-sponsored undergraduate study abroad for Spring 2021. Brown will continue to monitor the situation before making any determinations about study abroad for Fall 2021. We encourage students to continue exploring study abroad options for the spring semester. In the event that study abroad for Fall 2021 is restricted, we will convey any decisions with as much advance notice as possible. More information.
SPRINT funding will be available in Summer 2021. Please stay tuned for more information about the application process.
Brown Wintersession has been suspended for 2021 with plans to resume in Winter 2022.
Due to differences in academic calendars, this program will not be available in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021. Brown students are not eligible to participate in RISD Wintersession courses in January 2021.
To apply to return from personal leave, please log onto the Student Petitions portal in ASK (or navigate to "Student Petitions" tab; select "Personal Leaves" and then "My Return Requests") and create a return request by the deadlines below. The University will begin reviewing return requests after each deadline, and will email all students after decisions have been finalized regarding enrollments for the following semester.
The deadline to request a return for Summer 2021 is Monday, February 1, 2021, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. To request a return for Fall 2021, the deadline is April 1, 2021, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please note that you may submit a return request at any time, and we encourage you to do so as soon as you know when you want to return. All requests will be reviewed on a space available basis, and therefore it is important to observe these deadlines to ensure full consideration of your return request.
If public health circumstances do not allow Brown to invite all students back to campus in the Summer, you would have the choice of either enrolling remotely in Summer 2021 or extending your personal leave and requesting to return in Fall 2021. We will email all students who have requested Summer returns after decisions have been finalized regarding enrollments for the following semester.
Students who are on leave can participate in any Brown activities or meetings that would normally be open to the public or with permission as a guest of a Brown student at events that permit guests. However, students who are on leave are not permitted to hold a student leadership position (such as president of a student group) or be an active member of a student group during the time of their leave. More information.
You may work with faculty on research projects if you are not paid from a student employment budget. You may not earn degree credit for work with faculty during the period of the leave. Until further notice, all undergraduate research must be conducted remotely unless the Primary Investigator has received approval from the Office of the Vice President for Research for undergraduates to engage in-person research. More information.
International students on F-1 visa status with established legal residency in the prospective home country of study may be eligible for Brown's study away option which enables them to enroll in and take courses as a non-degree visiting student in an approved institution in their country of residence. For more information about declaring a leave, visit the Leavetaking FAQ. To schedule an appointment with an advising dean or request more information about study away, please email [email protected].