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Brown University Cross-Registration

Cross-registration Arrangement with Brown University

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. See the RISD Academic Calendar for the start of RISD and Brown Classes each semester. Freshmen are generally not allowed to cross register. Requests for exception to this rule must be approved by the Dean of Foundation Studies.

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 calculations.

Registration Instructions and Forms: Are available the Registrar’s website.

Cross-registration Grading

System Options for RISD students taking courses at Brown

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

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