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


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.

A recent study by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has quantified Princeton University Preparatory Program's longtime work helping low-income and first-generation students achieve in college and beyond. Read more here.

Photo by Mark Czajkowski
Article by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
Princeton Research Day 2018

Princeton Research Day is a collaborative initiative by the offices of the Dean of the College, the Dean of the Faculty, the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean for Research, with support from the Office of the Provost. Sixty graduate alumni, 50 undergraduates and 70 faculty, staff and community members served as judges for the event, and more than 150 volunteers helped everything run smoothly for the presenters and hundreds of attendees. The event was held on May 10, 2018.

Photo by Nicole Guglielmo
Article by the Office of Communications
Students walking on campus -  Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Princeton University has offered admission to 13 transfer students for entry in fall 2018, the first transfer admissions since the University reinstated its transfer program. The renewed program is aimed at especially encouraging applicants from low-income, military or community college backgrounds.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, the Office of Communications
Article by Michael Hotchkiss, the Office of Communications
Students on campus
Incoming students and their families can find important information about attending Princeton via the welcome website Your Path to Princeton.

Your Path to Princeton provides students with an introduction to the undergraduate experience and helps them forge connections with the University before they arrive on campus. The website serves as a central information portal for first-year students, giving them access to frequently asked questions, blogs written about campus and academic life by students and staff, information about move-in and Orientation, and other important University resources.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, the Office of Communications
Article by the Office of Communications
Faculty Room

Princeton faculty members approved a plan Monday, April 23, 2018 to revise the University’s academic calendar and move fall semester final exams into December from January, among other changes.

The calendar revisions to the Rules and Procedures of the Faculty were developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Calendar Reform, chaired by Aarti Gupta, professor of computer science, and staffed by Elizabeth Colagiuri, deputy dean of the college.

Article by the Office of Communications

Valedictorian, Kyle Berlin and Latin salutatorian, Katherine Lim

Kyle Berlin, a Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures major from Arroyo Grande, California, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2018. Katherine Lim, a computer science major from Atherton, California, has been named the Latin salutatorian.

Kyle Berlin on left (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)
Katherine Lim on right (photo by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications)
Article by Karin Dienst, Office of Communications
Sociology 207

Professors Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology, and Kathryn Edin, a professor of sociology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have constructed a course that mixes lectures, guest speakers and fieldwork, and covers some of the most central aspects of poverty.

The course has a robust lineup of speakers, made possible in part by Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) in the Office of the Dean of the College. This curricular effort, led by Director Trisha Thorme, connects students’ academic work with communities, allowing students to apply classroom skills to pressing issues of local populations.

Read more about on Sociology 207 "Poverty in America" by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs here.

Photo by Egan Jimenez, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Heath Professions Advising

Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

Senior Gaby Joseph is a pre-med student and molecular biology major at Princeton. The Health Professions Advising office helped him select courses, plan his pre-med path, find summer internships and apply to medical schools. Joseph was recently named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will start at Stanford University School of Medicine this fall.

Health Professions Advising (HPA) helps any student considering a medical or health care career. The office works with undergraduates throughout their four years at Princeton and with alumni who apply to medical, dental and other professional schools.

Read the entire article, by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications, here.