January 8, 2021
Vice President for Campus Life Eric Estes and Dean of the College Rashid Zia
Tags Undergraduates Parents and Families

To Brown First Year Students and Families: Information for First-Year Families


Dear Parents and Families of First-Year Students,

We hope this finds you and your students healthy and well. While we know some students will study remotely this spring, we are also excited to welcome to campus those who will be studying in-person. Wherever they have chosen to study, please know that important University resources are available to all students regardless of their location.

This continues to be a very difficult time nationally and locally because of the pandemic. In order to support your student’s arrival on campus, we want to share information about what to expect.

Online Resources: The Office of Residential Life has created a Spring 2021 Move-In Information Video with helpful information about arrival, checking in, and the public health guidelines that need to be followed. Additionally, staff in Campus Life and the College hosted a webinar for parents and families of first-year students about campus resources. A recording of this and other webinars for parents and families will soon be available online. An additional list of resources is available here.

Move-in Support and Health Guidelines: There will be Brown colleagues at each of the check-in locations to help your student when they arrive at their scheduled time for move-in. Students may have up to two people accompany them to campus. To help protect the health of our students, visitors are required to limit their time in the residence halls to dropping off belongings, and are expected to wear masks and practice social distancing at all times outside of your student’s immediate living space. The Brown Bookstore will be open, and a Brown ID card will be required for entry. Items purchased online from the Bookstore will be sent to Brown Mail Services, where students will be permitted to pick up their belongings. Once students have arrived at their residence hall, they will begin their Quiet Period.

Student Reminders: In advance of their travel to campus, we encourage students to review the message they received from the Office of Residential Life on December 14 (subject “Housing Assignment and Detailed Move-In Information”) for information about checking in, moving assistance, ID cards, mail services, meals, and people accompanying them to campus. We also encourage students to download the BrownU mobile app, which contains information about arrival and Quiet Period programming. On January 6 new students received a message about enrolling in COVID testing which they should complete online before they arrive.

Additional Student Resources: Before arrival and throughout students’ time at Brown, deans in Student Support Services and the College can help answer their questions about life at Brown, and academic advising and the curriculum, respectively.

Again, we are so looking forward to having your student on campus either this spring or later this year.  We welcome you all to the Brown community and wish you safe travels to Providence.


Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life
Rashid Zia, Dean of the College