Welcome to Princeton! We are looking forward to having you join us on campus. As your first experience on campus, we hope that Orientation introduces you to the community and to the extensive support available for your success. During these couple of days, you will find your home in the residential colleges, bond with students in the small-group experience, meet the other members of your class through the class-wide social events, and participate in Princeton traditions. In addition, there will be programs that will prepare you for academic life at Princeton.
The Offices of the Dean of the College, of Undergraduate Students, and of Campus Life jointly announced that beginning in fall 2016, first-year Princeton students will participate in a single, unified orientation program. In fall 2019, all students will move in on Saturday, August 31, and spend the rest of that weekend enjoying a warm welcome to campus and their residential colleges.
Following this on-campus orientation, all students will leave for small-group, experiential learning trips. These small-group experiences allow students to form strong bonds among first-years across residential colleges and with their student trip leaders across class years. Experiential learning encourages all students to engage Princeton’s values—especially service to others and intellectual reflection—outside the classroom.
When they return to campus, first-year students will be welcomed at their first all-class assembly, and then participate in a rich array of programs that explain and explore the values of our community.
Introduction to intellectual life begins, as usual, with Opening Exercises in the University Chapel, followed by the Pre-read freshman assembly. Students will then have the opportunity to discuss their academic goals with students and faculty from all departments at the Academic Expo, before selecting fall courses. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 11.