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


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.

Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

More than 30 service-oriented courses are offered every semester through Princeton’s Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). It connects academics with the University’s signature commitment to service.

ProCES was formerly known as the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI). “The new name highlights our expanded vision for service in the curriculum that builds on 20 years of CBLI’s successful, pioneering work,” said ProCES Director Trisha Thorme. The name change also reflects ProCES’ larger role on campus, and in particular, its role in the new Service Focus program. ProCES manages the curricular component of Service Focus, which bridges service and learning across the first two years of the undergraduate experience.

Read the article here.

Photo by Trisha Thorme, Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship
Article by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Applications are being accepted for presenters at the 2019 Princeton Research Day, the fourth annual campus-wide celebration of research and creative endeavors by the University’s undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers.

The free, public event will be held in the Frist Campus Center and will conclude with an awards ceremony for outstanding contributions. Applications, which are being accepted on the Princeton Research Day website, are due by Feb. 18.

Read more and watch a video here.

Video by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Article by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Ellen Chances, professor of Slavic language and literatures, leads a discussion in the freshman seminar “What Makes a Meaningful Life? A Search.” She designed this Freshman seminar to give first-year students the opportunity “to contemplate what others have said about living a meaningful life, and to reflect upon their own thoughts and questions.” Each weekly topic looks at life from a different perspective: wisdom of our elders; a response to life’s imperfections; creativity and meaning; love, connection and responsibility; hope, dreams and ideals in societal contexts; and material and spiritual values.

Read the article here.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Article by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
transfer students

This past fall, the University welcomed transfer students for the first time in decades.

The nine students come from a variety of backgrounds, including prior enrollment in community colleges and service in the military. Representing a range of ages from 20 to 33, some entered as first-years, others as sophomores. They applied for many reasons, and plan to study everything from philosophy to mechanical and aerospace engineering. Read more here.

Teacher Prep Program

Over the past 50 years, 1,042 students have graduated from the University's Program in Teacher Preparation, which earns them a Princeton certificate and leads to New Jersey teaching certification. Read more here.