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Brown University Cross-Registration

Through a long-standing agreement between the two institutions, RISD degree candidates may enroll in courses at Brown University and vice versa. The courses at Brown must be applicable toward RISD degree requirements or they will not be approved. Brown University is the only college or university with which RISD has a reciprocal cross-registration agreement.

RISD students may register for Brown courses no earlier than the first day of Brown’s classes. This policy is consistent with RISD’s requirements for Brown students who wish to take courses at RISD. Classes for Fall 2011 begin at Brown on September 7; Spring 2012 classes begin on January 25.

Brown University courses taken by RISD students will be recorded by RISD as three credit courses, and will be calculated with that value in all RISD credit load and extra course calculations.

For more information, pick up the brochure on this topic available in the RISD Office of the Registrar where blank registration forms are available as well.

Cross-Registration Grading
Grading System Options for RISD students taking courses at Brown

Grade earned at Brown   Grade Recorded on RISD Academic Record  
Option 1: RISD Pass/Fail
A or B or C or S
P (Credit earned but not calculated in GPA)
No Credit NC
Incomplete I (must be completed following RISD deadlines)
Option 2: RISD Letter Grades
A or B or C or No Credit
A, B, C or NC
Incomplete I (must be completed following RISD deadlines)

In selecting a grading option, students are reminded that credits graded “P” do not apply toward the minimum of 12 required for consideration for semester Honors. The grade option selection will not be changed after the RISD Add/Drop deadline or the Brown deadline, whichever is earlier. Brown courses that contain the designation “S/NC” at the end of the Brown course description are mandatory “S/NC” and may only be taken with that grade option. Course withdrawals must be done within the deadline set on the RISD academic calendar.


Instructions for RISD/Brown Cross-Registration Fall 2011 

For a step-by-step tutorial on the cross-registration process, view this YouTube video.

Download a cross-registration form >>  

Download a RISD/BROWN cross-registration map >> 

To register for courses offered at Brown University under the Cross-Registration agreement: 

1)  Obtain the RISD/Brown Cross-Registration Form in the RISD Registrar’s Office (20WP, 1st floor) or Foundation Studies (13 Waterman St.) or the Liberal Arts Office (Benefit Street entrance to College Building).

2)  Read the instructions on the form carefully.  Complete that portion of the form to be filled out by the student.   PLEASE NOTE THE STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY PARAGRAPH AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FORM. 

3) Obtain all appropriate approval signatures in sequence from top to bottom at left margin on form.

Proceed to the RISD Liberal Arts Office which is located in the College Building on 236 Benefit Street to obtain the Division Dean’s signature if you are seeking liberal arts credit or to your Department Head for a signature if you are seeking studio or professional elective credit.  ONLY COURSES ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT by the Division of Liberal Arts or your Department Head will be registered by RISD and Brown University.   

Proceed to the Brown University class and seek to obtain the signature of the instructor at the first class meeting.

Proceed to the Brown University Registrar’s Office (69 Brown Street, J. Walter Wilson Building, 3rd floor) for a signature on or after the first day of classes at Brown. That office will make a copy of the form.

Proceed to the RISD Registrar’s Office for final approval no later than the deadline of September 21 (last day for RISD students to add/drop classes).  We’ll retain the form.

4)  You are now registered for the class. 

Please note that these steps must be completed by the RISD Add/Drop deadline of September 21. 

If you decide to drop this course during the Add/Drop period please act on that decision by filing a Drop Form with the RISD Registrar’s Office by the deadline.  RISD is required to compensate Brown for all active course registrations by RISD students at Brown as of the end of the Add/Drop period.

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