Princeton aims to be distinctive among research universities in its central and enduring commitment to undergraduate teaching. The Office of the Dean of the College actively supports excellence in undergraduate education through course development, curricular innovation and a broad range of workshops, seminars and consultations for faculty and students offered by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Office of the Dean of the College is engaged in several key initiatives to enhance the academic experience for our undergraduates. Check back periodically for news, updates and events.
Princeton takes pride in its commitment to enabling students from all corners of society to benefit from our distinctive and transformational education. Socioeconomic diversity is a critical part of that commitment.
In order to prepare Princeton students for leadership and service in an increasingly interdependent and culturally diverse world, we encourage every undergraduate to spend time abroad in a structured international experience. In doing so, students can improve their grasp of international affairs, develop an understanding of other cultures and strengthen their proficiency in foreign languages.
One of the defining elements of a Princeton education is independent work. Every A.B. student must complete a junior project and a senior thesis, and every B.S.E. student must complete a substantial independent project during the course of their concentration.
This is a watershed moment in higher education as colleges and universities explore the potential of online technology to enable new teaching methods and deliver educational content to global audiences.
In 2011, the Office of the Dean of the College began working with the Vice Provost for Institutional Research to survey students about their experiences with freshman and sophomore advising.