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


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.

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