Princeton students have a wide range of cultural, educational, athletic, and social activities available to them. Engaging in campus life is a great way to connect with the larger University community and to create your own unique Princeton experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions
As you may imagine, there are some questions that arise anew with each entering class. We’ve taken the opportunity of answering some of the more common questions on this page. We will add to the FAQ list over the summer as new issues of common concern come up in the Ask a Dean correspondence. If you want more information about any of these topics, use the Ask a Dean link on the upper right-hand side of this page.
One of Princeton’s most distinctive characteristics is its close-knit residential community. On-campus housing is guaranteed for undergraduates for all four years. The University’s six residential colleges are the center of residential life and offer an array of academic and social programs that enhance the undergraduate experience. There are a number of staff and peer support resources set-up in the colleges, including the residential college office, your RCA (residential college adviser), and the RGS (resident graduate students). More information about Residential Colleges, along with links to each college’s website, can be found under Campus Life on the main University website. If you have additional questions, consult your director of student life.
There is really something for everybody at Princeton. Whether you are looking for civic service opportunities, clubs and organizations, or athletic opportunities, Princeton has it or it can be created by you. We encourage students to complement their intellectual pursuits with self-directed programs that provide a bridge between their academic and extracurricular experiences (please see the ODUS and Pace Center for Civic Engagement websites). There are over 250 student organizations, more than 80 civic engagement opportunities, and 37 varsity sports. In addition, there are other ways to get involved on campus as you move through your four years here. If you have additional questions, consult your director of student life.
We recognize Princeton students come to campus with an array of identities and diverse experiences. Whether you are looking for ongoing support or want to explore different opportunities, we want to make sure you know what is available for you. Princeton strives to be an inclusive place for all members of its community. In addition to the resources identified in the residential colleges, Princeton has a number of offices and organizations designed to help you find your path at Princeton and support you along the way. We have offices and centers specifically focused on diversity and inclusion, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC). The Office of Religious Life houses 10 chaplaincies and groups which attend to the spiritual needs of students, staff, faculty, families, alumni, and friends through many opportunities for ritual observance, spiritual counseling, and engaging programming. If you identify as a first generation, low income (FLI) student, we have a student-run organization, the Princeton Hidden Minority Council, which works to reduce stigma associated with these identities and SIFP (Scholars Institute Fellows Program) offers academic opportunities, mentorship, and a community of students with backgrounds historically underrepresented at Princeton. If you have additional questions, consult your director of student life.
Princeton provides students with an array of medical services on campus at University Health Services, located in the McCosh Health Center. McCosh Health Center is a fully accredited health care facility with an infirmary available 24/7 for students to utilize during the academic year. McCosh houses Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE), and Health Promotion and Prevention Services. There are also peer advisers for the SHARE and Health Promotion and Prevention Services offices. If you have additional questions, consult your director of student life.
All members of our community follow policies as stated in the Rights, Rules, Responsbilities handbook and the Academic Integrity at Princeton guidebook. Our Department of Public Safety (DPS or PSafe) is also open 24/7, 365 days a year and is committed to a comprehensive and integrated safety and security program in collaboration with the Princeton community. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your director of student life (non-academic concerns) or your director of studies (academic concerns).
If you have questions about jobs on campus or during the summer, we have many ways to approach the job search. If you are looking for an on campus job, then you will want to check out the Student Employment site. If you are wondering about your resume, summer internships or how your major intersects with your career interests, then it is never too early or too late to check out resources at the Center for Career Development.
The Eating Clubs are part of a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. In the early years, the University did not provide students with dining facilities, so the students created their own clubs to provide comfortable “houses” for dining and social life.There are currently 11 eating clubs, 10 are located on Prospect Ave and Terrace Club is on Washington Road. All of the clubs are co-educational and reflect the diversity of the Princeton student body. The clubs provide spaces for dining, studying, socializing and hanging out. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton and a popular dining and social option for students in their junior and senior years.