Families

Welcome families of the Class of 2021! We’re sure you are both excited and nervous about what the next several months and beyond will be like for your student. In this section, we have put together some questions that we hear most often from families of our incoming students. If you have questions that aren’t answered in this section, please take a look at the other FAQs under Learning, Living, and Logistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you may imagine, there are some questions that arise anew with each entering class. We’ve taken the opportunity of answering some of the more common questions on this page. We will add to the FAQ list over the summer as new issues of common concern come up in the Ask a Dean correspondence. If you want more information about any of these topics, use the Ask a Dean link on the upper right-hand side of this page.

Orientation is really geared toward preparing your student for academic and social life at Princeton. However, there will be opportunities on their first day for you to spend time with them, especially during dorm move-in, the families lunch in the dining halls, and the families welcome reception in the residential colleges. The rest of Orientation will be for students only!

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While we don’t have a separate Orientation for families, we will have events planned on move-in day that are specifically for you, including the Families Welcome event, lunch in the dining halls, welcome receptions in the residential colleges, and a family orientation to University Health Services. And don’t forget, October 13-15 will be our Freshman Families Weekend – we really hope you can join us! More information on Freshman Families Weekend will be sent to you over the summer, so be on the lookout.

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Yes! We want your student’s transition to their new home at Princeton to be as smooth and stress-free as possible. The University offers a separate International Orientation (IO) before the other first-year students move in. While IO is not required, it is highly recommended. Please refer to the Davis International Center’s website for more information on International Orientation.

See also: International Students - Tips for Adjusting

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The majority of first-year students must move in on Saturday, September 2, but there are a few exceptions to this rule: if your student is participating in International Orientation or is a member of a student group or athletics team that has been asked to arrive early. Please refer to the Housing website and the Early Arrival FAQ for more comprehensive information regarding early arrival policies.

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Absolutely. The Princeton area has a ton of shops, restaurants, hotels, and more. Many resources are available to acquaint you with the area surrounding Princeton University and to help you plan your stay. Visit Princeton and Shop Princeton are both great guides to stores, restaurants, lodging, and entertainment.

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We’re so glad you asked! Families of Princeton undergraduate students now have a secure website where they can update contact information, Tiger Family Hub. 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.

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All dorm rooms come equipped with a number of items, including an extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk and chair, small bookcase, waste and recycling cans, as well as a closet or wardrobe. If your student would like to furnish or decorate their room with personal items, these can be purchased on campus through Princeton Student Agencies or the U-Store. If you don’t find what you need on campus, the Princeton Shopping Center in town, Target and Wal-Mart nearby on Route 1, and IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ are great for dorm room furnishings. Please refer to the Housing website for a full list of things your student can and cannot bring. And here is a list of move-in tips regarding mattresses, un-bunking beds, and air conditioning.

 

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While your student might live close enough to come home for a weekend here and there, the first official break is during fall recess: October 28-November 5. For a full list of important dates, please refer to the Academic Calendars on the Registrar’s website.

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