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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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On a very humid Sunday in the middle of a busy July, I moved into Princeton with a bubbly heart, a desire to learn, and excitement knowing that I was going to live in a new place. Okay, Princeton was new to me. I’ve always lived in New Jersey (in Newark), but at times, Princeton feels like a completely different country. The gothic architecture and Prospect Garden contrasted sharply with the concrete sidewalks and three-family houses I was used to seeing every day.

During my six weeks at the Freshman Scholars Institute, I didn’t feel this difference in culture. Many of the students who attended were, like me, from low income and first generation...

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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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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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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.

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 can freely drop and add courses on TigerHub, with the advice and approval of their faculty adviser. Don’t be afraid to explore!  The main goal,...

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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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