The Spotlight articles showcase events and activities related to the diverse programs and offices within the Office of the Dean of the College.


Shapiro Prize Graphic September 13, 2022

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Most families earning up to $100,000 a year will pay nothing, and many families with income above $100,000 will receive additional aid, including those at higher income levels with multiple children in college. A majority of the additional scholarship funding will benefit families earning less than $150,000, and the University’s highest-need students will receive new and expanded forms of financial support.

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Article written by the Office of Communications

Princeton University welcomed 1,500 first-time, first-year members of the Class of 2026 for the opening of the 2022-23 academic year.

Karen Richardson and Elizabeth Badger

Courtesy of Inside Princeton
Karen Richardson, dean of admission at Princeton since 2019, has been appointed dean of admission and financial aid as of July 1, 2022. Elizabeth Badger has been named director of undergraduate financial aid and student employment, also effective July 1.

Students sitting on grass on Princeton's campus, photo by Denise Applewhite

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Written by: Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

Princeton University students will be able to pursue minor courses of study outside of their primary discipline beginning in fall 2023.

A proposal submitted by the Faculty Committee on the Course of Study to allow for academic minors was approved at the faculty meeting on April 25. Existing departments and programs will be able to offer a body of stand-alone coursework as a minor.

Natalia Orlovsky named Princeton valedictorian, Frances Mangina selected as salutatorian

Natalia Orlovsky, a molecular biology concentrator from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2022. Frances Mangina, a philosophy concentrator from Toronto, was named salutatorian. The Princeton faculty accepted the nominations of the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing at its April 25 meeting.

Commencement for the Class of 2022 will take place at Princeton Stadium on Tuesday, May 24. Orlovsky and Mangina are expected to give remarks at the ceremony.

Please read about Natalia Orlovsky and Frances Mangina on Princeton University's website.

Morrison Hall

January 19, 2022

We hope you’re well as we prepare for a fully in-person spring semester. Supporting the central academic and co-curricular Princeton experience requires that we all be mindful of our continued responsibility for the health and safety of ourselves and our community. Each of us recognizes how, in this difficult moment, our choices and actions may affect classmates, roommates, teammates, faculty and staff, and their families.

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As we look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the Spring term, our primary goal is to maintain in-person classroom instruction and co-curricular activities, including varsity athletics, while also supporting the physical and mental health of our community. Because the pandemic continues and the highly transmissible Omicron variant presents yet another challenge to public health, the University has decided to organize a gradual return for undergraduate students.

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We write to let you know that we’ve decided to shift all final exams to a remote format so that students will be able to leave campus at their earliest convenience. We apologize for the late hour—we want you to have this information as soon as possible.