The Brown University Pre-Baccalaureate Program is a highly selective program for high school seniors ready to undertake the rigors of credit-bearing, undergraduate study. Pre-Baccalaureate students enroll in classes alongside Brown and visiting undergraduates in the university’s Summer Session.
The Brown University Pre-Baccalaureate Program is a highly selective program for rising or recently graduated high school seniors ready to undertake the rigors of credit-bearing, undergraduate study. Pre-Baccalaureate students — known as Pre-Baccs — enroll in classes alongside Brown and visiting undergraduates in the university’s Summer Session. Courses available to Pre-Baccs are those open to first and second-year undergraduates, and span the natural sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, the humanities and the visual and performing arts. The program attracts serious-minded students from across the country and around the globe. Their interests are as varied as the Brown curriculum, and they share a commitment to learning and serious study.
Summer Session courses are equivalent to semester-long offerings, compressed into a fast-paced seven-week summer schedule. Pre-Bacc students may only study online. Pre-Bacc students may enroll in one or two online courses. Students enrolled in Pre-Bacc may not enroll in non Pre-Bacc courses.
All courses are taken for Brown University credit and may provide students with advanced standing once they enroll as an undergraduate in a college or university. In most courses, students are evaluated by an A, B, C or NC (no credit) grade. In some courses (noted in the individual course descriptions), students may instead choose to be evaluated on a satisfactory/no-credit basis, rather than a letter grade. Students may also request that their instructors write a narrative Course Performance Report on their behalf, which in many cases becomes useful when students apply to college.
Online through Canvas, Brown’s Learning Management System
Many of Brown’s online courses are asynchronous, which means students are not required to log in at a set time of day. Some of these courses will have synchronous meeting times that your instructor will determine with enrolled students. Classes are typically small, facilitating close collaboration between and among students and instructors. Combining all activities related to the class, which includes engagement in online activities, studying and reading, students can expect to spend an average of 25 hours every week for each course throughout the seven-week semester. Outside of the classroom, Pre-Baccs have access to a range of virtual Student Life extracurricular activities, events and workshops.
With a variety of virtual events offered each week you’ll find the topics that fit you best.
Attend one or more of these weekly webinars that focus on topics essential to college admissions selection, application and preparation. Past webinar topics have included:
writing a college essay
You’ll learn from expert presenters and have the opportunities to engage in live Q&A.
Get to know more of your peers in a relaxed setting through fun and interactive activities like games and trivia nights. Social events are offered multiple times each week.
Undergraduate Student Panels
Attend live Q&A sessions with undergraduate students representing various backgrounds and experiences. What is it like to be a student athlete? Why do students participate in Fraternity/Sorority Life? How do students select and declare a major? Tune into these panels to learn the answers to all these questions and more.
Virtual Writing Support
If you are looking for support in writing a paper for a course or editing your college application essays, free Writing Center consultations are available to all Pre-College students. You’ll be paired with a Writing Associate to work on writing at any stage. Writing Associates are friendly Brown graduate students who are trained to make suggestions that will help you in formulating, clarifying and elaborating on your ideas. Appointments are available virtually. Visit the Writing Center website for more information and to request an appointment.
Rising or recently graduated High School Seniors, age 17 by June 18, 2023
1. Writing requirement
You will be required to submit a 250–500 word essay responding to one of the following prompts:
Describe an experience, accomplishment or challenge that made you grow as a student. In what ways do you hope to continue your educational and personal growth at Brown Pre-College?
Our students come from a number of unique backgrounds and communities. Tell us something about your identity or background that has motivated or shaped your educational journey. In what ways do you hope to continue that journey at Brown Pre-College?
2. Supplementary essay (optional)
You may choose to submit a supplementary essay to address something not covered in other parts of the application. (For example, to provide information about your extracurricular activities, an explanation for inconsistent grades or other circumstances you’d like the Admissions Team to consider.)
3. Application fee
This nonrefundable fee must be paid by credit card within the secure application form:
Application fee when submitted by April 9, 2023: $65
Application fee when submitted on or after April 10, 2023: $100
4. Transcript and most recent grade report
Your academic records must be submitted with your application.
Please note: Official transcripts are not required, and academic records do not need to be submitted by a school guidance counselor.
You must submit your complete grades from the current academic year in addition to grades from the previous academic year. Grade submissions must be in English and contain your full name as well as the academic term represented.
Use this handy checklist to make sure you’ve fulfilled all requirements necessary for the Admissions Team to review your file. Applications will not be reviewed until all requirements are fulfilled.
5. Recommendation (optional)
Within the application, you may provide the name and email address of a teacher, counselor, community leader or employer who can attest to your social maturity and academic performance. We strongly suggest you submit a recommendation if any of the criteria below pertain to you (If none of the criteria pertain to you, you do not need to submit a recommendation.):
Summer@Brown program and will be under the age of 15 as of June 18, 2023
STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders program and will be under the age of 14 as of June 18, 2023
Any of the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) programs
Any of the Brown Experiential Education (BEE)
Have inconsistent grades — any grades of C or below
Please note that a recommendation is required to accompany all Pre-Baccalaureate Program applications.
Upon entering this information, an email containing a recommendation form will be sent to the recommender.
Please note: If you indicate you will be submitting a recommendation, we will only accept our recommendation form and your application will not be considered complete until we receive the recommendation.
6. English language proficiency
International students who do not speak English as their primary language will be asked to submit one of the following:
Duolingo Test: Duolingo is an English proficiency test that can be taken online, on demand, in under an hour using 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.
InitialView: InitialView is an unscripted live interview and open-ended writing sample that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your 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. 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. It may take up to three business days after you have shared your results with us for it to be reflected on your application checklist in your portal. Students may take the Duolingo Test or participate in an InitialView Interview prior to beginning an application or after submitting an application.
TOEFL and IELTS scores will not satisfy the evidence of language proficiency requirement. Upon review of your application, you may be invited to join a smaller subset of courses aimed at strengthening your ability to thrive in an academic setting in which English is the primary language.
Application Opens - Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Rolling admission decisions will be sent to students as they become available beginning on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
Course Enrollment Opens - Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Application Deadline - Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Final Admission Decisions Sent - Friday, May 24, 2024
The posted fee is for one course of the designated length. Each course carries its own course fee. If you register for multiple courses, you will be charged multiple course fees.
NOT INCLUDED IN PROGRAM FEES:
Course materials and textbooks (if required).
You may request an application fee waiver for one of the following reasons:
- You are approved for a free or reduced school lunch program in the U.S. for the current year, including need-based school-wide free lunch programs under the Community Eligibility Provision. (If you attend a private school where meals are included in the tuition fee, you may qualify for a free/reduced lunch waiver if you receive a significant need-based scholarship in order to attend your school.)
You are enrolled in a school in the Providence Public School District (PPSD) in Rhode Island.
- You are associated with an official Brown Pre-College partner organization and have been named a Partner Scholar Nominee by that organization. (You will need to select your partner organization from a drop-down list when requesting a partner fee waiver. Only listed partner organizations are eligible.)
- You are the dependent of a benefits-eligible Brown University employee who has been employed by the University for at least six months.
Brown Pre-College offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. Each scholarship type has eligibility requirements.
Sibley Scholarships are need-based awards limited to students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, or hold undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status and are enrolled in a U.S. high school. Scholarship funds are limited and disbursed on a first-applied-first-awarded basis until the funds are exhausted, which could happen before the scholarship deadline. If eligible, we encourage you to apply as soon as you complete your admission application. We cannot guarantee that all applicants who apply for aid will receive scholarship assistance.
PPSD Scholarships are limited to students attending a school in the Providence Public School District, in Providence, RI.
Partner Scholarships are limited to students who are identified and nominated by partnering organizations.
Brown Employee Dependent Scholarships are limited to dependents of Brown University benefits-eligible staff and faculty who have been employed by the university for at least six months.
We do not have any scholarship opportunities available to international students for summer 2023.
Brown Pre-College does not provide merit scholarships.