How and when do I choose my courses?

Don’t worry: unlike many other places, students at Princeton don’t select courses until Orientation, and there will be lots of help for you! After you return from your small group experiences, towards the end of the first week of Orientation, you will have opportunities to talk with other students and faculty members during an advising fair called the Academic Expo. After the Expo, you will meet with your faculty adviser and Peer Academic Adviser in a small group setting for broad conversations about your interests. On the following day, you will select four fall term courses (the standard load) during a one-on-one appointment with your faculty adviser, who will have your high school record and test scores to help with placement. You’ll also be able to make changes without a fee during the first two weeks of classes.

Before then, though, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself: think about your goals, review Course Offerings (our online course catalog) thoroughly, and complete your Program Form (early August) and Academic Planning Form (late August). You can also look at the Undergraduate Announcement for information about prerequisites and majors. These activities will allow you to make the most of all of the conversations during orientation and the appointment with your adviser.

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