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



As of March 16, 2020

In the interest of supporting University goals for social distancing, we are asking students and colleagues to connect with the Office of the Dean of the College electronically. 

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ODOC staff are available via email and Zoom.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please email us, we are eager to assist you!


Plesae read the March 11, 2020 letter from Jill Dolan, Dean of the College and W. Rochelle Calhoun, Vice President for Campus Life and also continue to frequently check the Student FAQs on the COVID-19 website.

Emma Coley and Ben Press - Pyne Prize Winners 2020

Princeton University seniors Emma Coley and Ben Press have been named co-winners of the 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They were recognized at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, Feb. 22. Coley's and Press's remarks from the luncheon are below. Read more about Emma Coley and Ben Press in this News at Princeton article.

Photos by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Kate Stanton Photograph

Katherine (Kate) Stanton has been named director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and associate dean of the college, effective February 24, 2020. She has filled this role on an interim basis since July 1, 2019.

Sculpture outside of Morrison Hall

Undergraduate students concentrating in participating departments will be able to apply for Internship Milestone Credit beginning in summer 2020. This curricular change was approved the Committee on the Course of Study in the fall, following review of the recommendations of the Working Group on Internships and the Undergraduate Curriculum.

Students walking across campus

Taking effect in the fall of 2020, Princeton financial aid awards will have a reduced total student contribution of $3,500 through the elimination of the summer savings expectation. The new student contribution will be based on the estimated cost of books and personal expenses, which are out-of-pocket costs directly managed and paid by students. As a result of this change, aid awards will be simplified and the amount due on the student account will be easier for both students and parents to understand. 

Sustainability Dishwasher at McGraw Center

The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning recently completed renovations to its kitchen space, which included installing a new dishwasher, and purchasing new reusable items to reduce waste and environmental impact.

The renovations were partially financed through the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund, a seed fund overseen by the Office of Sustainability to pilot sustainability initiatives with measurable outcomes that contribute to cultivating a sustainability ethos on campus, in service to the world.

Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu

Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu, associate dean of the college and director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, has been named senior associate dean of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at Princeton University. She will start in her new role on July 1 and will report to Jill Dolan, dean of the college.

Photo by Sorat Tungkasiri

Article by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications

students walking

In its inaugural year, Service Focus brought together 78 undergraduates committed to bridging service and learning across the first two years of their Princeton University experience.

Service Focus, helps students form their own commitment to service and make service an integral part of their Princeton experience.

Article by Emily Aronson and Danielle Alio, Office of Communications Office of Communications and Gwen McNamara, Pace Center for Civic Engagement

Photo courtesy of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement

Reed and Zoulis are valedictorian and salutatorian

Katharine (Kate) Reed, a history major from Arnold, Maryland, has been named valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2019. Rafail Zoulis, a classics major from Athens, has been named the Latin salutatorian.

The Princeton faculty accepted the nominations for the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing at its April 29 meeting.

Article by the Office of Communications
Photos by Katharine Reed and Sameer Khan