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Orientation Calendar

This calendar lists the events that take place throughout the week. To make them easier to manage, filter events using the categories below. We recommend looking through the full calendar before filtering events to make sure you see all events.

You can also create a personal calendar using the “My Schedule” feature, which will be available in late August.

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Saturday, September 5

Dormitory Check-In
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

For students participating in Outdoor Action or Community Action.

Location: Baker Rink [map link]
Lunch for Class of 2019 and Families
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Residential College Dining Halls
Families Welcome
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

A welcome to the families of the members of the Class of 2019.

Location: Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall [map link]
OA/CA Students Meet with Residential College Advisers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

A brief meeting with residential college advisers (RCAs) in the residence halls.

Location: Residence Halls
College Welcome for Families
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

A welcome for families in the residential colleges. Welcoming remarks by the College Masters.

Location: Residential Colleges
Families Say Goodbye!
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Families may say goodbye in the residential colleges before students leave for OA/CA.

Location: Residential Colleges
Student Check-in for Outdoor Action and Community Action
5:00 pm

Check-in for Outdoor Action will be at Dillon Gym. Check-in for Community Action will be in Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room.

Location: Multiple Locations
Family Orientation to University Health Services
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

A panel from University Health Services (UHS) at Princeton will provide information about medical and counseling services available to students. The University's Student Health Plan will also be described, as well as an explanation of the distinctions between what is provided free at UHS vs. via insurance. The majority of the session will be Q & A. 

Location: 50 McCosh Hall [map link]

Friday, September 11

Dormitory Check-In
8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Check-in for students not participating in OA or CA.

Location: Baker Rink [map link]
Brunch for New Arrivals and Families
10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Brunch will be available in the residential college dining halls for new arrivals from the Class of 2019 and their families.

Location: Residential College Dining Halls
[Core Event] Freshman Sign-in for Members of the Class of 2019
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Students should bring I-9 and identification. See General Information.

• Butler College - 12:30 PM

• Forbes College - 12:55 PM

• Mathey College - 1:20 PM

• Rockefeller College - 1:45 PM

• Whitman College - 2:10 PM

• Wilson College - 2:35 PM

Location: Dillon Gym [map link]
[Core Event] Residential College Check-in
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Freshmen should check in at their residential colleges.

Location: Residential Colleges
Organizational Meeting for Student Workers in the Department of Dining Services
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Students working for the Department of Dining Services should meet at their assigned dining halls for information.

Location: Residential College Dining Halls
Meet the College Staff
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Families are welcome to visit the college offices and meet the college staff.

Location: Residential Colleges
[Core Event] Advisee Group Meetings
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Students meet with their residential college advisers (RCAs) for their first advisee group meeting. Topics to be discussed include advisee group expectations, college and academic information, community standards, alcohol, and other issues. These will be held in the residence halls. (This and all subsequent events are for students only.)

Location: Residence Halls
[Core Event] Class of 2019 Opening Meeting
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Opening meeting for all new students.

Location: Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center [map link]
[Core Event] Residential Colleges Dinner
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dinner for new members of the colleges, RCAs, and college staff with welcoming address from College Masters.

• Butler College, Wu Dining Hall

• Forbes College, Dining Hall

• Mathey College, Dining Hall

• Rockefeller College, Dining Hall

• Whitman College, Community Hall

• Wilson College, Wilcox Dining Hall

Location: Residential College Dining Halls
[Core Event] Reflections on Diversity
8:30 pm to 11:30 pm

This interactive session focuses on community building, diversity, and inclusion on Princeton’s campus. The keynote speaker, Rev. Sam Offer, of Washington Consulting Group, is a nationally-known speaker, consultant, facilitator and trainer on diversity and inclusion, social justice, multiculturalism, religion, leadership, and community development. 

Immediately following formal presentation, students will return to their residential colleges to meet with their RCAs.

Location: Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center [map link]

Saturday, September 12

Brunch in the Residential Colleges
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Residential College Dining Halls
[Core Event] SHARE: The Way You Move
12:45 pm to 2:45 pm

For Rocky, Mathey, and Wilson College students only.

In this student-written, student-performed production, the characters strive to protect their friends from harm as they navigate problematic situations. Learn to be an effective bystander, and become part of the campus movement to prevent interpersonal violence at Princeton. #RespectMatters

Location: Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center [map link]
[Core Event] Public Safety & CPS Sessions
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

For Whitman, Forbes, and Butler College students only.

Public Safety provides advice on campus safety and crime prevention and CPS shares important tips for how to succeed and thrive at Princeton.

Location: Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall [map link]
[Core Event] Public Safety & CPS Sessions
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm

For Rocky, Mathey, and Wilson College students only.

Public Safety provides advice on campus safety and crime prevention and CPS shares important tips for how to succeed and thrive at Princeton.

Location: Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall [map link]
[Core Event] SHARE: The Way You Move
3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

For Whitman, Forbes, and Butler College students only.

In this student-written, student-performed production, the characters strive to protect their friends from harm as they navigate problematic situations. Learn to be an effective bystander, and become part of the campus movement to prevent interpersonal violence at Princeton. #RespectMatters

Location: Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center [map link]
Dinner in the Residential Colleges
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Residential College Dining Halls
[Core Event] Class of 2019 Assembly
8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

A discussion of the Princeton pre-read book, Whistling Vivaldi, with author Claude Steele. Moderated by President Eisgruber. The assembly will be followed by precepts in the residential colleges.

Location: Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center [map link]
Tiger's Roar
11:15 pm to 1:00 am

All singing groups perform and teach the Class of 2019 to sing “Old Nassau.”

Location: Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall [map link]

Sunday, September 13

Athletic Physicals
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Athletic physicals for all first-year intercollegiate athletes (except crew). Contact your coach for assigned times for your team.

Location: McCosh Health Center [map link]
Community Walk
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Students are invited to take a special tour of the community to learn about and better understand the many resources available in the town of Princeton. 

Tours will last approximately 1 hour and will depart from in front of Nassau Hall at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:00 AM.

Location: Nassau Hall [map link]
Brunch in the Residential Colleges
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Residential College Dining Halls
Ecumenical Worship Service
11:00 am

Featuring sermons by Chapel Dean and guests and music by the Chapel Choir and University Organist. Please click here for a full schedule of services at Princeton.

Location: University Chapel [map link]
Foreign Language Placement Tests: Hebrew, Latin, Russian ONLY
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Please bring two sharpened No.2 pencils and an eraser.

• Hebrew - 62 McCosh Hall

• Latin - 64 McCosh Hall

• Russian - 66 McCosh Hall

Location: Multiple Locations [map link]
Class of 2019 Scavenger Hunt
12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Meet with your RCA group for this campus-wide scavenger hunt.

Location: Multiple Locations
[Core Event] Opening Exercises: A University Convocation
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

All freshmen assemble on Cannon Green with residential colleges to form procession. President Christopher Eisgruber addresses the University community. Undergraduate prizes for academic distinction are awarded during interfaith service.

Location: University Chapel [map link]
Pre-rade
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Welcome for the Class of 2019, sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government, councils and the class governments. A celebration of Princeton spirit at the start of a new school year, followed by a barbecue dinner. Bring your TigerCard for meal swipe.

Location: Alexander Beach [map link]
Step Sing
5:30 pm

Learn Old Nassau, get your class shirt and have your class photo taken.

Location: Blair Arch [map link]
Religious Services for Rosh Hashanah
6:45 pm

For a complete listing of services for the High Holidays, please visit the Center for Jewish Life.

Location: Multiple Locations
Outdoor Movie
9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Featuring Inside Out.

Location: Frist Campus Center South Lawn [map link]

Monday, September 14

Department of Athletics Student Athlete Orientation
8:30 am to 9:30 am

Orientation for freshman athletes.

Location: 50 McCosh Hall [map link]
Make-Up Meeting: Maintaining Your F-1/J-1 Immigration Status | Applying for a SSN (for Intl Students)
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Make-up meeting for all F-1 and J-1 (visa) students who DID NOT attend the International Orientation program. You must bring your I-20 and passport.

Location: 64 McCosh Hall [map link]
Lewis Center for the Arts Freshmen Open House
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Learn more about what is available to you through the Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton’s program and course offerings in Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music Theater, Theater, Visual Arts and the Princeton Atelier. Program directors provide a brief overview of each program beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by Q&A sessions from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The open house is held in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater on the first floor of 185 Nassau Street.

Location: James M. Stewart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau St. [map link]
Athletic Physicals
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Athletic physicals for all first-year intercollegiate athletes (except crew). Contact your coach for assigned times for your team.

Location: McCosh Health Center [map link]
Academic Expo
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Meet faculty and student representatives from academic departments, programs and support services.

Location: Frick Chemistry Laboratory [map link]
Women in Science, Math, and Engineering
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Princeton University offers an excellent STEM education within a vibrant liberal arts institution. We invite you to learn about the wonderful opportunities at Princeton University by hearing from women in STEM departments. The faculty, students, and researchers on the panel will be eager to share their journeys and answer your questions. Please join us!

Location: 101 McCormick, Art Museum [map link]
Humanistic Studies Open House
12:45 pm to 1:30 pm

The Council of the Humanities invites you to attend a Freshman Open House for Humanistic Studies (see detailed schedule). Come meet professors and students from our certificate program and courses, including the Humanities Sequence, a double-course that takes an interdisciplinary approach to Western culture (HUM 216-219), and the East Asian Humanities sequence (HUM 233-234). Hear about these courses from the inside, and learn about other great courses that will introduce you to humanistic study of literature, art, music, history, religion, and philosophy. 

Location: Joseph Henry House [map link]
Learning Foreign Languages at Princeton
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

A faculty/student panel discussion.

Location: 10 McCosh Hall [map link]
[Core Event] Residential College Class Meeting
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

All new students meet with their residential college dean, director of studies and director of student life in designated locations.

• Butler College, McDonnell A02

• Forbes College, Forbes Dining Room

• Mathey College, Taylor Auditorium, Frick Chemistry Lab

• Rockefeller College, 50 McCosh Hall

• Whitman College, 185 Nassau Street, James M. Stewart Theater

• Wilson College, 10 McCosh Hall

Location: Multiple Locations
[Core Event] Meeting for B.S.E. Students
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Followed by advising period with academic advisers and dinner. Engineering Quadrangle and Friend Center Courtyard.

Location: Friend Center Courtyard Tent [map link]
[Core Event] A.B. Students College Advising Period
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Meet with academic advisers, peer advisers, and RCAs with dinner in the residential colleges.

Location: Multiple Locations
Tiger Night
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Theater, dance, and other performance groups give the Class of 2019 an introduction to student performing arts at Princeton. A dynamic show not to be missed.

Location: Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center [map link]
Advising Study Breaks
10:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Location: Residential Colleges

Tuesday, September 15

Making the Most of the First Week of Classes
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Get strategies and advice from Princeton juniors and seniors. Workshops offered at 9:00 & 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by the McGraw Center. See general information.

Location: Frist Multipurpose Room (MPR) C, basement level [map link]
[Core Event] Freshman Course Selection
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Individually scheduled academic advising appointments for fall-term course selection.

Location: Friend Center [map link]
Media Services/Humanities Resource Center/New Media Center/Broadcast Center/Julian Street Media Center Open House
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Students interested in working as audio/visual operators, Humanities Resource Center assistants, New Media Center advisers or website advisers should attend. Refreshments will be served.

Location: 100 Level, Lewis Library [map link]
Historical Campus Tours
11:15 am

See General Information for more details.

Location: Clio Hall [map link]
Office of Religious Life BBQ and Open House
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Open house with the deans and campus chaplains on the lawn between Whig and Murray-Dodge Halls. Rain location: Chapel Crypt. Vegetarian and kosher options available.

Location: Murray Dodge Hall [map link]
Historical Campus Tours
1:00 pm

See General Information for more details.

Location: Clio Hall [map link]
University Library Open House
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Meet in front lobby of either Firestone Library or Lewis Science Library and be sure to bring your Princeton TigerCard. Tours will leave regularly. Refreshments served. See General Information for more details.

Location: Multiple Locations
Glee Club Open House
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Meet members and learn about joining Princeton’s oldest and biggest singing group, as well as the University’s Chamber Choir. Auditions held this week. For information, contact gcrouch@princeton.edu.

Location: McAlpin Auditorium, Woolworth Center [map link]
Department of Music Open House
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Come and learn about music courses offered this fall, certificate programs in Musical Performance & Jazz Studies, Princeton University Concert Choir (Glee Club) & Chamber Choir, Princeton University Jazz Ensembles, Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton University Wind Ensemble, and more. Refreshments will be served.

Location: 102 Woolworth Center [map link]
Physics Placement Test
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

This placement test (for students who have taken AP physics or an advanced physics curriculum, but have not taken the AP test) is for placement out of Physics 103-104 to satisfy the BSE physics prerequisites. Note: this exam is NOT for placement into 200-level or higher physics courses. For that, contact the course instructor or see the physics placement officer at course registration at the Friend Center. Students should meet at 3:00 PM and expect the exam to last three hours.

Location: 104 McDonnell Hall [map link]
Field Day at the Fields Center
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us at the Carl Fields Center for an afternoon of food, games and music as we welcome the Class of 2019. Learn more about the Carl Fields Center and its resources. Meet students, staff and administrators and engage in Princeton’s culturally diverse community.

Location: Carl A. Fields Center [map link]
Historical Campus Tours
3:30 pm

See General Information for more details.

Location: Clio Hall [map link]
Crumpets in the Crypt
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Reception for freshmen interested in Chapel Choir. For information, contact Penna Rose at prose@princeton.edu or 609-258-3654. Please visit our website at www.princetonchapelchoir.com.

Location: University Chapel [map link]
Chemistry Placement Test
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

This test is for entry into Chemistry 215 (not offered this fall), 202 or 303/304 (for students who have taken AP chemistry or advanced chemistry curriculum, but have not taken the AP test).

Location: Jadwin A10 [map link]
Reflections on Service
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Join in a conversation with members of the University community who speak to meaningful service in their lives and work. Be a part of this dialogue on learning to live the University’s informal motto, “In the nation’s service and in the service of all nations.” Sponsored by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall [map link]
Clash of the Colleges
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A spirited intercollege competition.

Location: Dillon Gym [map link]
Glow Party
9:00 pm

Kick off the fall semester the night before classes start with new friends, music, and food at our campus-wide glow party.

Location: Dillon Courtyard [map link]

Wednesday, September 16

Classes Begin
8:00 am
Location: Multiple Locations
Welcome to Your Art Museum
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Take part in an interactive art project with current members of the Museum’s most dedicated volunteer groups: the Student Advisory Board and Student Tour Guides. Snacks and prizes provided.

Location: Princeton University Art Museum [map link]
McCarter Theatre Tour
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Students gather in the main theater to learn about the coming season's music, dance, and theater.

Location: McCarter Theatre [map link]
Campus Rec Expo
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Come learn all about Campus Recreation at Dillon Gym!

1/2 price punch cards, FREE 30 minute classes, Club Sports, Intramurals, Stephens Fitness Center and more!

information: knitti@princeton.edu

Location: Dillon Gym Main Floor [map link]

Thursday, September 17

Welcome Reception for Women Leaders
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Meet awesome women leaders from the classes of '18, '17, and '16, and learn about campus clubs and organizations including:

Arts Council, USG (Undergraduate Student Government), E-Club, African Students Association, Whig-Clio, E-Club, Princeton Latinos y Amigos, Princeton Women’s Mentorship Program and more!

Meet friendly and helpful administrators and deans AND eat delicious hors d'ouevres in Prospect House. Sponsored by the Women's Center. All are welcome.

RSVP by Monday, September 14 (only yeses please). http://whoozin.com/J44-7DG-7W3A

Location: Prospect House [map link]
Nassau Street Sampler
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The museum stays open late to welcome the Class of 2019 with food, drinks, giveaways, and a peek at our special exhibition, Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of the European Art from the Pearlman Collection.

Location: Princeton University Art Museum [map link]

Friday, September 18

Activities Fair
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 More than 300 student groups participate looking for new members.

Location: Dillon Gym [map link]
Career Services Open House
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Stop by to meet the Career Services team and the student Peer Career Advisors who are all here to help you make connections while you’re on campus and beyond.

Location: Career Services, 36 University Place, second floor [map link]

Monday, September 21

Welcome Back BBQ
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Welcome Back BBQ is a great chance to meet people, catch up with friends, meet LGBTQA campus leaders, and enjoy our fabulous cookout. As is true for all of our events with food, vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

Location: Frist South Lawn [map link]
Queer and Trans Student of Color Mixer
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Meet other queer and/or trans students of color at the inaugural QTPOC Mixer! This event will kick off the year’s Queering the Color Line gatherings, which is a monthly QPOC dinner, which begins in October.

Location: Carl A. Fields Center [map link]

Tuesday, September 22

Trans* Meet & Greet
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Meet other transgender, genderqueer, gender questioning, and gender non-conforming undergraduate and graduate students for refreshments and conversation.

Location: Campus Club Library [map link]

Friday, September 25

Being LGBTQA at Princeton
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Join us for a lunch discussion about the LGBT campus community, resources, and what it is like to be “out” at Princeton. Lunch provided.

Location: Rainbow Lounge (Frist 247) [map link]

Thursday, October 8

LGBTQA Graduate Student Pride Dinner
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

LGBTQA community and allies, please join us for good food and conversation. RSVP to Olivia at omartel@princeton.edu.

Location: Pyne Tower Suite in the Graduate College