Commonly Asked Questions About Course Registration

You’ve found the Brown Pre-College course that’s perfect for you. Now what? Before you start packing your bags, there are a few steps to ensure you have a seat – either literally or virtually – in the course of your choice. To streamline the process for you, we’ve tapped the expertise of our admission and enrollment team to answer the most common questions asked by students and parents when registering for Brown Pre-College courses.

Questions about the application? Read our post on the “7 Dos and Dont’s for Completing the Pre-College Application.” 

Once I have applied for a Pre-College Program, what do I do next?

Once you have completed your application, check the student portal regularly to see if a decision has been made on your application. If you are admitted, the next step is to pay your deposit. Once your deposit is received, you’ll be sent instructions for registering for your course and completing your enrollment. It’s highly recommended that you pay your deposit and register for courses at the same time. Classes fill up quickly and there is no guarantee that spots will be available when you register.

Which Pre-College programs require course registration?

The short answer is all of them. Imagine that each Pre-College Program is a college with its own course catalog. Most Pre-College Programs have multiple courses to choose from, which can all be found in the course catalog and must be registered for to complete program enrollment.

The On-Location Programs (Atlanta, Rome, Costa Rica and Segovia) and the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (Florida Keys, Rhode Island and Alaska) each have one course in the Course Catalog that students must register for in order to complete their enrollment in the program.

Note: At the time this blog was written (3/21/18), the programs in Atlanta, Alaska, and Florida had reached capacity and are no longer accepting applications.

Does my admittance into a program mean that I am registered for a course?

No, it doesn’t. All students admitted into a Pre-College Program must register for a course to complete program enrollment. Registration can be done through the Course Catalog. Before you register, be sure to double-check which program you have applied for and been admitted to.

If I write about a course in my application essay, am I automatically registered for that course upon being admitted?

No. Many students express interest in a specific course in their application essay, but that does not mean that they will be registered for that course automatically when they are admitted. Course registration must be completed through the course catalog after the student has been admitted. For more information on registering for a course, see the responses above.

How do I register for a course?

Visit the Course Catalog to register for your courses. The Catalog allows you to filter courses by program, area of study, date, and length of course to make it easy to find the course that is the perfect fit for you.

What happens if the course I want is full?

If a course you’re interested in is full, you can add your name to the waitlist in case a spot opens up. However, it’s impossible to predict waitlist movement and waitlist numbers are not disclosed as the number can be misleading. In some instances, all students on a waitlist may end up enrolled in the course; in other instances, the waitlist may never see any movement. Students are encouraged to enroll in an open course, in addition to remaining on a waitlist, as it is impossible to accurately predict waitlist movement.

What if I can’t decide on a course or find one that I like?

Fear not. The Pre-College Program Advising Team is here to help. They’ll talk to you about your interests and what you would like to get out of your program, and make course suggestions that they think will be a good fit for you. To connect with a member of the Advising Team, email

2 Comments Add yours

  1. KT says:


    I have a question:

    Can I take 2 courses I’m interested in within 1 3-week session?


  2. says:

    Great question. I think the best answer for you and anyone else who might read this comment is to request program advising here:


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