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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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Everybody needs advice sometime during college. In our “advising community” model, you will find several kinds of advisers—faculty, peer, and professional staff— ready to help out with everything from planning your courses to managing the inevitable periods of stress.

Your residential college dean and director of studies oversee your academic progress during all four years here. Don’t be shy about getting to know us: talk with us about your intellectual passions, ask us questions about coursework, and let us help you find appropriate...

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Professor Joao Biehl

By now you’ve heard Princeton’s informal motto, “in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.” Princeton takes both parts of that motto very seriously and makes meaningful international experiences available for all interested students. Oftentimes, these experiences entail communicating in a language other than English, and Princeton prepares you for this by offering excellent instruction in a range of languages. Many of these language you may reocognize from your high school curriculum, but some may be new to you. Studying a language can help you understand just what your grandparents have been saying when they thought you couldn’t decipher their words. Foreign...

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Students studying at McGraw Center

“McGraw,” as we’re commonly called, is a physical space in Frist Campus Center to study – both independently and in groups – and also an office that provides tutoring, workshops, review sessions, and one-on-one consultations to assist you as you develop as a learner and scholar at Princeton.

As you make the transition from high school to college, you’ll probably be challenged, at some point, with new sets of expectations for learning. We count on the fact that Princeton first-year students are well equipped when it comes to learning, but the strategies that got you here may not be as effective as they were in high school. For instance, you’ll be expected to solve problems in math and science at...

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On behalf of the Peer Academic Advisers (PAAs), congratulations on your acceptance to Princeton, Class of 2020! Over the next few months, you will have many exciting decisions to make – one of these is selecting courses for your first semester. With the wide variety of options available, planning your schedule may seem challenging, but the process is actually a lot of fun, and your PAAs are here to help!

Peer Academic Advisers (PAAs) are A.B. or B.S.E. juniors and seniors with a variety of academic experiences and concentrations, affiliated with a residential college and assigned to a Residential College Adviser group. You’ll see us throughout the year...

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Be the Tortoise!

What does this mysterious motto of the Princeton Writing Program mean?

Before you arrived at Princeton, you might have thought that writing was best accomplished in a single, intense bout of typing. But to continue growing as a writer and a thinker, you’ll need to develop your process, making more time for reflection and revision. Your writing seminar gives you the opportunity to slow down and learn to write like the tortoise: carefully, thoughtfully, and patiently.

Every Princeton freshman takes a writing seminar, an important milestone on a college career marked by writing assignments of increasing length and complexity, culminating in your senior thesis. The skills you gain in writing seminar—how...

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In less than three months, the fall semester – and with it, your family member’s Princeton education – will begin. A Princeton education is filled with endless opportunities for your student to grow both intellectually and personally. Like all great liberal arts institutions, Princeton values both breadth and depth of knowledge. In the fall your student will register for four courses in a variety of fields (perhaps five if they are in the BSE program), that will satisfy General Education requirements and serve as prerequisites to potential...

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A welcome message for the Class of 2023 from Tracy K. Smith, Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Filmed & edited by Jonathan Sweeney, produced...

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