If you find yourself having a medical crisis or family emergency, you should reach out to the director of student life in your residential college. As a member of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, your director of student life can support your personal development, counsel you on a wide range of issues and help connect you to additional support services available on campus.
Counseling and Psychological Services
A significant percentage of all students use Counseling and Psychological Services (part of University Health Services) sometime during their four years at Princeton. While students bring a wide range of concerns, common issues include stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family problems, loss or grief, self esteem, racism, sexism, gender identity and gay/lesbian/bisexual issues. You may have concerns about leaving home, adjusting to an unfamiliar environment, making new friends, coping with academic pressures or deciding on an area of concentration. The struggles for autonomy, despite being painful, often lead to personal growth and maturity. Counseling can play an important role in helping you gain understanding and insight into your own development.
Based in the McCosh Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services offers crisis intervention, individual short-term psychotherapy, referral services for long-term needs, group psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation and education and outreach activities. Special services include the Eating Concerns Treatment Team, the Mind/Body Treatment Team, and the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Team, which address individual clinical and psycho-educational needs of students. All counseling services are completely confidential; UHS will not release your records to anyone unless instructed by you in writing.
Office of Disability Services
All students who have a disability or suspect they may have a disability are welcome to visit the Office of Disability Services (ODS) in Frist Campus Center. The ODS staff are always happy to talk with you, to help you sort out any difficulties you may be having and give you direction or refer you to other resources. The office is committed to providing all students with disabilities an equitable educational experience. They take utmost care to respect your willingness to talk to them and will maintain the highest level of confidentiality possible.
The Office of Disability Services offers a range of services to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to Princeton's academic and extracurricular opportunities. Through an interactive process, the office facilitates reasonable academic accommodations for qualified students who have submitted documentation verifying a disability. More information on services, documentation requirements and the process to request and receive accommodations can be found by visiting www.princeton.edu/ods.