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Please note that some publications and departmental websites have not yet been updated for the current incoming class. Publications will continue to be updated throughout the summer.

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Writing Seminar - Teacher and Students

Now that you’ve spent some time browsing the fall semester “Course Offerings” or the “Undergraduate Announcement,” you’re probably wondering: what are these courses really like? The answer, of course, is—they can all be somewhat different. The university only sets a basic standard for “teaching hours,” but leaves it up to each course instructor (and academic department) to decide the structure of the course, the homework or reading assignments, and which components make up the final grade you’ll earn in the course. (Note:...

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Thinking about your first courses at Princeton? Don’t worry, you have time before you decide what classes to take! First-year students enroll in courses on September 10 (Tu) and classes begin on September 11 (Wed). We will provide you with plenty of information and advice to help you make informed decisions before then. Meanwhile, have fun browsing through Princeton’s online catalogue of Course Offerings to get a sense of the incredible range of courses and fields of academic...

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As you embark on your college careers, some of you have no idea what you want to major in, others can’t decide between several possibilities, and some of you feel you know exactly what you’d like to study if only we would let you declare your major immediately! The first thing to bear in mind is that you won’t choose your major for another year or two, depending on whether you are a B.S.E. or A.B. candidate. In the meantime, take the time to explore! College is a place for discovering new interests as well as deepening familiar ones.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a major – where your interests and talents lie, how you hope to make a difference in the world, and where you will find the best intellectual...

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Many students at Princeton will say that you have to go through one full academic year on campus before you really understand how the University works. There is some truth to this adage, but arming yourself with some advanced, specialized knowledge about the rhythm of the Princeton semester and academic year can be enormously helpful. All students should be aware that the academic calendar will be changing starting in 2020-21, but the moving of fall term final exams from January to December will not affect the description of “how the semester works” provided below.

Following your initial course selection, the first two weeks of the term are known as the free drop/add, or “shopping period,” during which students...

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Fellowship Advising, housed within the Office of International Programs, is excited to welcome you to the Princeton community and support you in the process of applying for scholarships and fellowships that fit your academic interests and goals. It is never too early to start thinking about fellowships that provide funding for academic and professional opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Some scholarships like the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are specifically designed for eligible first year and second year students to study in the United Kingdom through...

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Study abroad student

Welcome to Princeton — your gateway to the world!

We are looking forward to your arrival on campus, but don’t get too comfortable: There are so many international opportunities awaiting you! Our hope is that at least once during your Princeton experience you will pack your bags, leave the country, and explore the world beyond the FitzRandolph Gate.

Here are five great reasons to go abroad during your time at Princeton:

1. Cross-cultural understanding. By living abroad you will not only discover insights into other cultures, but also learn to reflect on how your own culture has shaped your personal understanding of the world. Your first step to cross-cultural understanding...

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If you took some Advanced Placement (AP) tests in high school, pursued an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, or sat for British A-level exams, you may be wondering how we take AP into account at Princeton, and how your AP credits can and cannot make a difference as you plan your academic path here at Princeton.

AP can be used:

  • to fulfill the foreign language requirement;
  • to place you into a higher-level course;
  • (if you are in the B.S.E. program) to fulfill general requirements in chemistry, math, and physics; (in some A.B. concentrations) to fulfill pre-requisites in your department
  • to qualify you for a semester or a full year of Advanced Standing, so that you could...
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