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


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
Teacher Prep Anniversary, participants sitting at tables

“Honoring the Past, Preparing the Future: Celebrating 50 Years of Preparing Teachers for the Nation’s Service,” was held on campus April 12 and 13. Alumni ranging from the Class of 2018 to the early ’70s came from across the country — representing 41 of the 50 years of the program. The 150 participants, including current students in the Teacher Prep certificate program, and current and former faculty and staff, enjoyed panels, keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and campus tours — and had plenty of time to socialize. Much of the programming was open to the public.

Article by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Photo by Mike Schwartz
Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson, a leader in college admissions and a Princeton graduate and native of New Jersey who was among the first generation in her family to attend college, has been named dean of admission at Princeton University. She will start in her new role on July 1.

Photo by Alonso Nichols

Article by Karin Dienst, Office of Communications

Princeton Students

Princeton University has offered admission to 1,895 students for the Class of 2023, including 18 percent who will be first-generation college students and 26 percent from lower-income backgrounds. This year’s admission process reflects the University’s enduring commitment to attract, enroll and support extraordinary students from all backgrounds.

Photo by Ryan Maguire, Office of Communications
Article by Office of Communications

A.B. sophomores declare their intended majors April 2-20, then see their departments for course advising prior to course enrollment in TigerHub April 22-24.

Claire Gmachl

Claire Gmachl, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named head of Whitman College, one of Princeton’s six residential colleges. She will begin her four-year term on July 1.