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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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“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try!” -Dr. Seuss

Congratulations on your acceptance to Princeton! You’ve been admitted to the best school in the country! Considering your choice to apply to and ultimately attend Princeton, you’ve likely given some thought to the many benefits of a liberal arts education. Instead of offering reassurance that you’ve landed in a good place (you have) and that your degree will serve you well (it will), it’s time to consider what it really means to pursue a liberal arts education and how one might do it well.

The liberal in liberal arts is rooted in the Latin word liber, meaning “free,” and this etymology provides some...

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Group of students stand outside listening to community leader at site of a farmer's market

Do you want your academic work to make a real-world difference? Integrate service in your courses, your independent work, and your summer internships through the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

Here’s how service-minded students describe the influence of ProCES programs on their academic and intellectual development.

Courtney Tseng (class of 2021) connected service and her Medical Humanities course...

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Students perform a healthy home assessment with staff from Isles, Inc. in Trenton, NJ as part of a course with the Community-Based Learning Initiative.

The biggest gift I’ve received from Service Focus is the ability to rethink the way I “do Princeton” and the way I do what I love. Alongside more than 70 of my classmates, I have been able to chart my own path to connect service and learning here at the University.

For me, Service Focus began over the summer working with The New Food Economy—a non-profit publication based in New York City that explores “the forces shaping how and what we eat.” This was an eye-opening experience for me. Not only was it my first internship, but it also helped me witness how journalism could be a form of social justice. As a budding journalist myself with a dream of one day pursuing writing...

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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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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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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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