First-Year Students and Sophomore Advising

First-year and sophomore years are a time for students to explore and expand their horizons before focusing on a few areas of specialization. During these first two years at Princeton, faculty advisers handle much of the primary premajor advising; deans and directors of studies work closely with students who have more complicated situations or plans. Don’t be shy about getting to know your director of studies and dean — talk with them about your intellectual passions, ask them questions about coursework and consult with them to find appropriate academic resources.

There are also lots of resources and guides to ease the transition into college and help students to explore the academic opportunites available in the many programs and departments at Princeton. New first-year students should check out the Getting Started page; sophomores may want to look at the departmental major choices information.