July 28, 2020
Dean of the College Rashid Zia
Tags Undergraduates

To Incoming Brown Transfer and RUE Students: Update about CAB, Pre-Registration, and Virtual Shopping


Dear Incoming Transfer and Resumed Undergraduate Education Students,

We are so excited to welcome you to the Brown community! An important step in preparing for the start of the semester will be registering for courses this Fall, and we are writing today to share with you detailed information about the pre-registration process and the virtual shopping period.

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Official course information for the Fall 2020 term is now available in [email protected] (CAB). CAB allows you to explore courses, review syllabi, and register for your courses. CAB includes a number of search filters that can be used to find courses; for example, you can search for courses based on mode of instruction (fully online or hybrid). If you would like a detailed introduction to CAB, you can find a tutorial video and documentation here.

Two-Stage Pre-registration Process

The course pre-registration process for this fall involves two-stages, which increase the likelihood that everyone can register for their preferred courses before the start of classes. Pre-registration will begin with a matching process where all students can submit initial preferences, followed by an add/drop period.

To pre-register, please share with us your preferred course list by Noon EDT on Monday, August 10 by adding all course components into your Primary Cart in CAB. When placing a course in your Primary Cart you must add all required course components (e.g., conferences, labs, and sections) to the cart; to learn how to add courses to your carts, please click here to see the related segment in the video tutorial. During the week of August 10th, we will use your Primary Cart information, together with course enrollment limits and prerequisite rules, to match you with up to 3 initial courses. We will seek to prioritize placement into at least one hybrid course for all students that are returning to Providence to study in residence.

You can begin adding courses to your Primary Cart right now, and you are welcome to add as many courses as you would like. Adding all required course components (including, conferences, labs, and sections) for at least 5 non-conflicting courses into your Primary Cart by Noon EDT on August 10th will provide you with the highest likelihood for course matches. 

By Friday, August 14, you will be able to see your initial Fall 2020 course registrations in both CAB and Self-Service Banner. Then, you will be able to add/drop courses from August 17 until the end of the virtual Shopping period on September 22. 

Virtual Shopping and Canvas Access

To facilitate virtual shopping and help maintain social distancing during the quiet period, the first week of courses from Wednesday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 15 will be fully online. Hybrid courses may begin in-person meetings on Wednesday, September 16 for registered students only, but all courses will be accessible to remote participants (including students not yet registered for the course). You will be able to access the published Canvas site for any course in your CAB Primary Cart until the end of shopping period on Tuesday September 22nd.

Upcoming Webinar

The College will host a webinar for incoming Transfer and RUE students on Thursday, July 30 at 5 pm EDT to discuss CAB, pre-registration, and virtual shopping period. Click here to register and view additional webinar details.

We look forward to seeing you soon, whether on campus or online. Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to connect with an academic advising dean.


Rashid Zia
Dean of the College