Welcome to Princeton! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Princeton community. Orientation will introduce to the University and to the extensive support and resources available for your success. All students are expected to actively participate in the full Orientation program in the Fall.
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 2022, all new students will arrive to campus on Saturday, August 27.
After their tenative arrival, all students will participate in small-group, experiential learning expereinces. These small-group experiences allow students to form strong bonds among first-years across residential colleges and with their student leaders across class years. Experiential learning encourages all students to engage Princeton’s values—especially service to others and intellectual reflection—outside the classroom.
Following the small-group expereinces, first-year students will be welcomed at their first all-class meeting, and then participate in a rich array of programs that explain and explore the values of our community inclusive of their course registration for the Fall semester.
Introduction to intellectual life begins, as usual, with Opening Exercises, followed by the traditional Pre-read. Students will then have the opportunity to discuss their academic goals with students and faculty from all departments during the Academic Expo. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6.
With over 1300 students, the incoming class encompasses an impressive range of backgrounds and experiences— it’s the true benefit of attending a university with a global reach. During Orientation, there are numerous ways, both formal and informal, to get to know the fellow Princetonians with whom you will march through this experience for the next four years and the decades beyond.
The Orientation Leaders host many class events during your first few days; please take advantage of these opportunities to connect with classmates. Class officers are elected in mid-October; until then the Orientation Leaders will plan events to foster class unity and inclusion. Upcoming social events will be posted on this page. Stay tuned to get a glimpse of the fun we have in store for you!
GoalsThe goal of our Orientation program is to facilitate the transition to college by introducing first-year students to the values, expectations, and resources of the inclusive Princeton community that will be their home for the next four years.
During their initial arrival to campus, students will have an opportunity to engage with their residential college community and to attend class-wide events that introduce core Princeton values of inclusion, diversity, service, well-being, and scholarly engagement. Students will further explore these values by participating in small group, student-led, experiences that allow for more intimate, reflective engagement. While these experiences will be varied in nature—outdoor activities, community engagement, athletic practice—they will be united by a common curriculum that asks students to think deeply about the values and expectations of their place in our community.
The final segment of Orientation will focus on intellectual life at Princeton. After Opening Exercises signals the beginning of the academic year, students will engage with faculty and peer advisers.
Each unit participating in Orientation will be expected to develop a program that honors common curricular objectives that student leaders clearly understand. Our primary goal is for students to gain an intellectual and practical understanding of the values, expectations, and resources of our community, and begin to feel a sense of belonging and commitment to their new place within it.