As a result of a long-standing cooperative agreement between the two institutions, all upperclass students of RISD (undergraduate sophomore and above, as well as graduate), may enroll in courses at Brown University, our Ivy League neighbor on College Hill, as part of their RISD tuition. The courses at Brown must be applicable toward RISD degree requirements. Brown University is the only college or university with which RISD has a reciprocal cross-registration agreement.
RISD first year students must have prior approval from the Dean of Foundation Studies, although this permission is not often given due to the workload and other factors affecting first years. First year Brown-RISD Dual Degree students are permitted to register at Brown and, like upperclass Dual Degree students, they will enroll directly with Brown and do not follow the cross-registration process (information is provided during the initial enrollment process).
Enrollment at Brown is on a space-available basis and is subject to written permission of the Brown professor and the Brown Registrar. Brown University courses taken by RISD students will be recorded by RISD as three credit courses with the appropriate RISD subject (e.g. LAEL or HPSS) followed by a course number of 8800, and will be calculated with that credit value in all RISD credit load calculations. Courses are recorded on the RISD transcript whether the course is passed, not passed, or withdrawn, unless the course is dropped with the RISD Registrar prior to the deadline for dropping courses.
Fall and Spring term courses may be taken under this arrangement. Summer term is not part of the cross-reg agreement: Students pay Brown directly when they register for a summer class and must petition to transfer the course to RISD.
See the RISD Course Announcement for information on grading options for Brown classes.