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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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Whitman Residential College

Princeton’s residential college system provides students not simply with housing and dining options, but advising and other resources to assist them in taking advantage of all that Princeton has to offer. There are currently six residential colleges whose goal is to “create a strong sense of community, collaboration and mutual respect, and to support individual initiative and personal growth;” and “to help students develop such core values as honesty, integrity and fairness, and to encourage creativity, curiosity, collegiality, resourcefulness, a capacity for leadership and a sense of responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of others...

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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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Smiling, happy, SIFP students during Wintersession trip to NYC to 305 Fitness, January 2019.

Welcome to Princeton University, Tigers!

We are thrilled that you are thinking of joining our community. We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about amazing resources available just for FLi (first-generation and/or low-income) students at the University!

The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) is a four-year scholars program dedicated to first-generation and/or low-income Princeton students. SIFP provides scholars with individualized mentorship and guidance from upperclass students, graduate students, faculty, and staff. SIFP Fellows also receive guided exposure to enrichment opportunities both on and off campus— think internships, fellowships, scholarships, and...

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Service is a critical aspect of my life. I was raised with the belief that community is vital, that being an active member of the community and giving back are values that I should always keep with me. As a student, I have always been heavily involved in service, volunteering at the local hospitals and the soup kitchen in my hometown of Hamilton, New Jersey and implementing service projects at my local high school.

At Princeton University, I continue to engage in service work, and service continues to play a major role in my life, allowing me to give back while also helping me find my own little community. With the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, I have learned about...

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Princeton students at Trenton Thrift Shop

“Princeton on a Dime – Tips for Thrifty Tigers”

Congrats class of 2024! Some of you may have imagined yourself at Princeton for much of your life, but now as you plan to make it a reality, some of you might wonder: what will it be like? Is it possible to live comfortably without breaking the bank? Absolutely!

Getting Started – The Dorm Room

Whether you are a minimalist or are more HGTV extreme makeover style, moving into a dorm room for the first time can mean that you’ll need to acquire at least a few items. On the hunt, consider these tips:

  • If you have roommates, be sure to talk with them before making purchases or packing, since the costs of shared...
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Growing up in Queens, New York I was lucky to live in a predominantly South Asian neighborhood with a mosque down the block. Community and faith were intertwined and I never questioned why I was Muslim or why I should continue being Muslim. Instead I embraced my Muslim identity openly and threw myself into all the things I could find that had “Islam” or “Muslim” attached to its name. As a result I found wonderful friends and mentors and discovered many things that I’m passionate about, but each experience sparked more complicated questions about why and what I believe that I felt severely ill-equipped to answer. It was harder to find a spiritual connection to God than it was to continue going through the motions and keeping up...

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The Eating Clubs neighboring Princeton’s campus occupy a unique niche among the University’s many traditions. As private, off campus institutions, they were formed in the late 1800s in direct response to a lack of dining options available to juniors and seniors. Employing ingenuity typical of Princetonians, students pooled their resources and established relationships with local boarding houses to provide their meals. As the numbers of students collectively eating in these houses increased, undergraduates collaborated to buy or rent houses of their own, establishing the Eating Clubs we know today. Over time, these became not only the primary dining option for juniors and seniors, but assumed a key role in the social aspect of...

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