Graduate School

New Student Communications

Students entering in 2024.

Dear Graduate Student,

I am delighted that you have accepted our offer of admission to the Brown University Graduate School. Congratulations on taking this step and thank you for choosing Brown for your graduate studies.

Tentative dates for Orientations are:

  • International Orientation: August, 21-23, 2024
  • Student of Color Orientation: August 25-26, 2024
  • All-Student Orientation: August 27-28, 2024
  • Resource Fair: TBA

All-Student Orientation is a required event (and International Orientation is required for international students). You will receive email communication with further details this spring and summer. Your degree program may also host program-specific orientation activities. Please also consider signing up for our Incoming Student Housing Webinar hosted by the Graduate Student Council (date to be announced in early spring).

At Brown, you have easy access to leading scholars, teachers, and researchers, as well as the Graduate School deans and staff. During the academic year, I set aside time each week to allow students to drop by and discuss your ideas and interests. You also can call or email to make an appointment with me or another dean.

As you prepare for your studies in the {a.("ADMITTED_PROGRAM")} program, we encourage you to become familiar with the culture and resources of our vibrant University community. The Brown University Academic Code and the Student Conduct Code provide an essential understanding of expectations and rules regarding scholarly and research pursuits and interactions on campus. You will be asked to complete an online course on the Codes after you set up your Brown email account, which we recommend you do as soon as you receive an email with instructions. The Graduate School website offers additional information about University resources.

Our goal is that you are aware of information, as you begin your studies, that will help you be successful at Brown. In addition to knowing your degree requirements, be sure to look at your program handbook, as well as the Graduate School Handbook. Our website provides a link to most program handbooks; to find yours, look at the webpage devoted to your program.

Please retain your offer of admission. The offer represents the University's commitment to you. In the future, you may want to refer to it and this communication.

Again, congratulations on joining the Brown community. The Graduate School will be in touch with you several times before Orientation, and I look forward to welcoming you to campus.


Thomas A. Lewis
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Religious Studies

Dear Graduate Student,

Brown University Graduate School looks forward welcoming you to campus.

We ask that you take the following steps:

1) Please set up your Brown AccountThe account gives you access to electronic services, including a Brown email address. Beginning in early June,/January the Graduate School will send email exclusively to your Brown email address.

To activate, you will need your Brown ID number: {a.("BROWN_ID")}

    • Enter your last name, date of birth, and the ID number.
    • Read and agree to the terms of use for your Brown account, and choose a password.
    • Read and agree to the terms of use for your Google account, and choose a password.
    • Your Brown username and email address will be listed on the last page - print this page or make a note of them.

    After activation, we recommend you:

    • Add a mobile number to Banner. This allows you to reset your Brown password should you forget it, and also ensures you are notified should an emergency occur at Brown. To do this, log in to and click Personal Information.
    • Log in to your email. You can simply visit and log in with your Brown email address and the password you chose for Google services.
    • Set up Two-Step Verification. The first time you log into a Brown service like Banner, you will be prompted to set up a means of verification, such as a phone number. You can log into MyAccount after setup to add additional devices or phone numbers. Read more about two-step verification at
      Note for international students: International numbers are acceptable and they should be entered with a + in front of the country code. If you don't plan to get a US cell phone once in the country, you can use the smartphone app, print a sheet of bypass codes from MyAccount, or pick up a token from the IT Service Center.

    2) Please provide a photo for your Brown Identification Card. The Brown Card is the official University identification card. The image should be a passport-style “head and shoulders” image. To submit your photo, log into the secure area of Banner, Applicant and Student section, and use the link for Brown ID Online Photo Submission. Upon arrival on campus, you can pick up your card during business hours at the Brown Card Office.

    3) Read our online guide for admitted studentsFind important dates and contacts and learn information about governance, campus resources and services, life at Brown, and living in the Providence area.

    The Deans and Staff of the Graduate School

    Dear Student,

    As a member of Brown University’s graduate student community, you are required to complete Brown’s digital course on the Academic Code of Conduct in order to remain in good standing. 

    If you have not yet completed the course, please go to You should see the course link on that page. You will need to log in using Brown University credentials to access the course.

    If you do not see the course on your Workday learning page, please go to:, click on “Search for Available Learning,” and enter “Academic Code of Conduct” in the search bar. You may enroll from there.

    The course should take you no longer than 20 minutes to complete and students must get 100% in order to pass. Incorrect answers will need to be revisited for correction. Please complete the course by the first day of classes, unless directed by a member of your program's staff to complete the course earlier.

    With warmest regards,

    Brown University Graduate School

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