Families of the Class of 2021
Dear Families of the Class of 2021,
On behalf of myself and my colleagues in the Office of the Dean of the College, I’m delighted to welcome you to the Princeton community. I’m sure you’re eagerly anticipating the start of your student’s college career. I can’t tell you how much we’re looking forward to welcoming them at Orientation this September.
I’ve just written to the new students to congratulate them and to let them know about the web portal called Your Path to Princeton (), which was created especially to help them make their transition to campus. I invite you to browse the site as well. It includes blog posts on different aspects of living and learning at Princeton; a timeline of important spring and summer deadlines; a special section especially for families; and the complete orientation calendar, which will be posted later this spring.
Incoming students will soon receive a netID from the University, along with instructions for activating their Princeton email account. This information will allow them to access the interactive portions of Your Path to Princeton, including “Matriculation Online,” which contains all of the forms they must complete before they arrive on campus. Do ask your student to walk you through this site, as much of the information posted there will be useful to you, too.
We communicate with students primarily through their Princeton email account, so please encourage your student to check regularly and to keep you informed. In mid-July, students will be notified of their roommate and room assignments in one of our six residential colleges, which will be their home for two or more years. Details about our residential college system can also be found on Your Path to Princeton.
Also, I would like to call your attention to a new secure website we recently launched called Tiger Family Hub (). This is a site on which you can update your own contact information so that we can communicate with you throughout your student’s Princeton career. Tiger Family Hub also provides easy access to University resources that will be most useful to you.
For example, you’ll find links to the Tiger Families page, Health Services, Public Safety, Student Accounts, and the residential colleges. The site links should help give you a broad overview of our campus and will make it easy for you to conduct your official business with the University. As soon as your student fills out the Permanent Address Information in the Matriculation Online portal, you will receive an email with directions about how to set up your Tiger Family Hub account.
We provide students with lots of help during the orientation process, which includes meetings, group activities, lectures, and several days of small-group, off-site experiences. Students learn about campus opportunities and responsibilities, and begin to make the friends who will sustain them for a lifetime.
Academics at Princeton begin after Opening Exercises, when each student meets with their assigned faculty adviser to choose their fall classes. Our faculty advisers work with student peer advisers to help new students put together a schedule that will introduce them to a variety of studies.
I encourage you to note the Freshman Seminar option; these are small-group courses in which first-year students learn from distinguished Princeton faculty. Seminars are offered across a wide range of topics, and prove a wonderful introduction to the best teaching on campus.
If you are able to join your student here at Princeton on move-in day (September 2), I look forward to meeting you at the families welcome event, which will be followed by receptions in the residential colleges where you will have an opportunity to meet the staff and student advising teams. If you will not be with us on move-in day, we look forward to welcoming you warmly whenever you’re able to visit campus.
For instance, for those of you who can join us, Freshman Families Weekend is scheduled for October 13-15. If you can’t make it to campus, we’ll be streaming various panels and will post videos and photographs on our website.
Congratulations, again, on your student’s admission to the best liberal arts education imaginable. What they can accomplish and experience here is vast and varied.
I urge you to help your student think broadly and expansively about their future on campus. Encourage them to take risks with their studies; to think outside their established comfort zone; and to look forward to four years of intellectual, personal, and cultural growth on our warm and welcoming campus.
With all best wishes,
Dean of the College
Annan Professor of English
Professor of Theatre