Freshman Scholars Institute: Summer study leads to year-round success

Photo by Edwin Coleman
Article by Denise Valenti and Danielle Alio, Office of Communications

Over the course of eight weeks this summer, 73 incoming members of the Class of 2022 are immersing themselves in Princeton’s vibrant academic and social life through the University’s Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI).

FSI provides a group of incoming students, primarily those who are first in their family to attend college and those coming from lower- to moderate-income backgrounds, with an early opportunity to experience the many academic and co-curricular resources that Princeton has to offer. In FSI, they have the chance to take seminar-style and lab courses in their areas of interest, interact with faculty members, and engage with a diverse community of highly motivated peers. Through this experience, FSI scholars prepare to achieve their academic, social and professional goals and to take their place as leaders on campus — and in the larger world.

“FSI helped alleviate so many of the worries I had as an incoming freshman,” said Linda Nie, a member of the Class of 2021 and FSI course fellow who attended the program in 2017. “Personally, I owe a lot to this program, and I’m very grateful to have been a part of it. But more importantly, it helped me build confidence in my own abilities as a student here at Princeton.”

Click here to look inside a typical week in the 2018 Freshman Scholars Institute.