Special Academic Programs

During your four years at Princeton you will discover new ideas, new fields of knowledge and the adventure of learning. There is perhaps no better way to begin this journey than by taking a freshman seminar. As you progress, however, you may discover that studying what you love means forging your own path. 

At the end of freshman year, a few exceptional students may apply for the University Scholar Program. In the sophomore year, some students engage in departmental independent work through early concentration and others begin formulating proposals for an independent concentration. A handful of juniors each year may undertake a field study that closely complements their academic interests. And students at various points in their studies may wish to undertake reading courses, student-initiated seminars or courses through our exchange programs. 

We encourage you to explore the many options available to you to tailor your academic career at Princeton. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the corresponding administrator and consult with your advisers to see if the opportunity is right for you.

The University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to the educational opportunities and programs available at Princeton. Princeton’s Policy on Disability and Accessibility is implemented in the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The term "disability" may include learning, physical, sensory, psychological, medical, and certain temporary disabilities. The University provides students with reasonable accommodations in accordance with the ADA/Section 504 and applicable state law. Students with disabilities may request academic accommodations; housing and dining accommodations; modifications to University policies, rules, and regulations; environmental adjustments such as the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers; and auxiliary aids and services. Additional policies and procedures regarding accommodations can be found on the Inclusive Princeton (link is external) and Office of Disability Services (link is external) (ODS) websites. ODS utilizes an interactive process including an intake interview to understand a student's disability and explore reasonable accommodations. Students with disabilities may, with the support of ODS, petition the Committee on Examinations and Standing for a modification of academic regulations.