Pre-College Programs
Summer Session
Program Directors

Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Vision Statement

The Brown University Pre-College Programs provide students intellectually and socially formative and challenging experiences in and out of the classroom with a diverse group of peers, instructors, and staff in an academically rigorous environment aligned with Brown’s commitment to independent thinking, critical engagement, and personal and community responsibility. Students leave their pre-college programs intellectually changed through a deeper awareness of their own abilities and interests, a broadening of their knowledge of the great diversity of perspectives and experiences, and an appreciation of how much more there is to learn.

Pre-College Mission Statement

Brown University’s Pre-College Program students’ educational journey mirrors what they can expect to experience as they apply to and attend college. Through a thoughtful application process, selection of courses from curricula representative of the best of liberal arts study, and engagement with fellow students, instructors, and staff who hail from varied backgrounds, students leave their programs with new knowledge, capacities, friends, and a broader understanding of their world.


  • Much like Brown’s undergraduate open curriculum, the Pre-College Programs aim to create student-centered learning experiences and shift student focus away from formal grades and credits towards the learning itself.
  • Over 300 courses are offered, ranging in length from one to four weeks, and are designed and taught at a first-year college level.
  • The Pre-College Programs at Brown attracts roughly 6,000 exceptionally engaged and motivated high school students.

Pre-College Programs

Summer@Brown is the largest of Brown’s Pre-College Programs, offering over 200 non-credit courses in one, two, three, and four week-long intensive sessions across the summer.  Courses offered span the broad range of academic disciplines at Brown, intentionally reflecting the breadth and depth of Brown’s undergraduate curriculum. Courses are designed to expose high school students to first year undergraduate content, and attendant academic rigor.

Summer@Brown for English Language Learners offers courses similar to the above, in two-week long sessions, taught by instructors proficient in teaching non-native speakers of English and supplemented with additional language support.

Summer@Brown Online features a similar range of courses offered online and asynchronously.  

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) combines concepts in environmental studies, ecology, and leadership, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders.

The Leadership Institute is committed to helping students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership.

Location-Based Programs bridge the connection between site and course content, offering students a rich experiential learning experience. The programs’ interdisciplinary approach help prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century by exploring the interconnectedness of the global community and exposing students to varied perspectives.

STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders explore the foundations of one STEM discipline, while participating in programs that promote and support social and academic growth as they prepare for success in their lives and future careers.

Pre-Baccalaureate Program for rising or recently-graduated High School Seniors. Pre-Baccalaureate students enroll in credit courses alongside Brown and visiting undergraduates in the University’s Summer Session.

Summer Session

Brown’s Summer Session extends the undergraduate curriculum into a seven-week session in the summer. Offering a wide range of courses across the disciplines, Summer Session provides students an intensive learning experience.

Pre-College and Summer Session Staff

Adrienne Marcus, Dean, Pre-College Programs & Summer Undergraduate Programs

James D. Chansky, Associate Dean, Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs

Summer Session, Summer@Brown, Pre-College Online

Abbey L. Aevazelis, Associate Director of Pre-College Programs and Director of STEM Programs

STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders, Summer@Brown


Jane B. Diener, Assistant Director, Environmental & Location-Based Programs

BELL: Alaska, Florida Keys, and Rhode Island

Karen Haberstroh, Associate Director of Pre-College Engineering Programs



Rosario Navarro, Director, Location-Based Programs

Location-Based Programs: Rome, Segovia, and Washington, D.C.


Kisa Takesue, Director, Leadership Programs

Leadership Institute, Summer@Brown, Berklee/Brown Creative Entrepreneurship


Joi Danelle Whitehead, Associate Director, Pre-College Programs and Diversity Initiatives

Summer@Brown, Summer@Brown for English Language Learners

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