Welcome to Princeton! Below is information that past FSI participants have found useful. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to bookmark “Your Path to Princeton” <http://path.princeton.edu/> and “Class of 2022 Academic Guide” <http://www.princeton.edu/pr/temp/college/agf-v7-links-live-05211141.pdf>; these two sites tell you much of what you need to know about living and learning at Princeton during your first year. Should you or your family have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-258-1013. We are always more than happy to talk!
Getting to Campus/Arriving
FSI at a Glance
Campus Life Resources
Getting to Campus/Arriving
When should I arrive?
You should arrive on Saturday, July 7, between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. When you arrive on campus, please come to Butler College (the walkway between Bogle and 1967), where you will register. See section G7 on this campus map (please cut and paste the url into your browser if the hyperlink doesn’t work):
If your parents or family members will be accompanying you to campus, please let them know that we will hold a parent/family welcome and orientation from 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm that afternoon. We will also have lunch and dinner available for you and your family that day and evening.
Arriving by Car
Please see the campus map at <https://www.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/documents/2017/03/princeton_map.pdf>.
If you need more detailed driving directions, go to the University website
<https://www.princeton.edu/meet-princeton/visit-us> (scroll down to Driving Directions & Parking).
Arriving by Air
The best airport options for your arrival to Princeton include: Newark Liberty International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Ground Transportation from the Airport
If you fly into Newark, it is quite convenient to get to campus via public transportation (train), provided you can carry your own luggage and belongings.Please click on the link for more information regarding Rail Routes; click on the NJ Transit train link (you will want to enter Newark Airport/Princeton Station): https://www.princeton.edu/meet-princeton/visit-us (scroll down to Air & Train Travel).
From Newark, you also can elect to get to campus via a private shuttle service called “Olympic Airporter/State Shuttle” (800-427-3207 or http://olympic-limo.com/index.html). Note: The company limits luggage to two suitcases (not to exceed 62 linear inches) and one carry-on per person. The cost is $44.00 per person (via a website reservation). Tip: for a more economical option, larger groups may want to inquire about Olympics’ “Private Service.”
If you fly into Philadelphia, LaGuardia, or Kennedy Airports, your best option is to hire a private sedan; public rail transportation requires a number of transfers and, unfortunately, there is no shuttle service available. Olympic Airporter charges as follows:
Philadelphia International Airport to Baker Rink costs approximately $168.75 per person for a shared ride service (by a website reservation).
Kennedy International Airport to Baker Rink costs approximately $269 per person for a shared ride service (by a website reservation).
(Note: Fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Please be sure to check the company website prior to your departure.)
I’m coming from far away and my flight arrives on Friday. May I check in early?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate early check-ins. If you will arrive in the area before Saturday, you should make plans to stay elsewhere until Saturday. The most economical options for those traveling by air actually may be closest to airports; on the other hand, hotels in Princeton may offer complimentary shuttle service to campus on Saturday morning. If you search on a travel website (e.g., https://www.orbitz.com/) and are still stumped about where to stay, feel free to call Dean Gonzalez (609-258-1013) for advice.
Information about travel assistance funding
FSI now provides additional travel funds to students who live outside the local area in order to assist with the cost of traveling to campus in July. The exact amount of this funding is preset by a Financial Aid Office travel table. The funds will be provided to you via a personal check shortly after you arrive in July. Please note: you are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to get to campus, including ground transportation from the airport.
Your dormitory room in Butler College is your home during the Freshman Scholars Institute. Each room is equipped with the following:
- Bed frame and mattress
- Waste/recycling baskets
- Air conditioning
Dorm room windows have shades or blinds. Rails and ladders for bunk beds are available upon request.
Don’t Leave Home Without…
We suggest that you bring the following items with you, or purchase them upon arrival (we will run free shuttle buses to local stores on the second night of the program). Please remember: you will receive a $350 stipend to help offset the cost of these miscellaneous purchases during Orientation.
- Alarm clock
- Bed linens (extra-long twin), blanket/bedspread and pillows
- Washcloths and towels
- Blu-tack (nails/screws will damage walls, for which you will be charged)
- Fan (can also be used to block out noise)
- Desk lamp (halogen lamps are prohibited)
- Telephone and/or cell phone
- Chargers for electronics and a power strip
- Robe and shower shoes (flip flops)
- Bathing suit
- Personal care items and bath essentials (and bucket or caddy to carry items)
- Laundry bag/basket and laundry supplies (there is no cost to operate the machines, but you must provide your own soap, dryer sheets, etc.)
- School supplies
A note about appliances: Although you will have shared access to the refrigerators in the kitchens on each floor of Butler College, you may want to bring a small refrigerator for personal use (under-counter size, not to exceed 5.2 cubic feet) for your room. Personal microwave ovens are NOT allowed at Princeton.
Should I bring a laptop to campus?
Yes! Although public computers are available, we strongly encourage students to bring a personal computer (or laptop) with them to college; it’s become an essential tool in many lectures and courses at Princeton, including those offered during FSI. (Please scroll down to “Campus Services” > “I need a new laptop” for information about purchasing computers.)
Will I have access to a telephone?
Yes. Each room is equipped with a telephone jack, which will be activated a day or two after your arrival. Your telephone contract will be part of your sign-in packet.
May I bring my car to campus?
No, the University does not permit Freshmen and Sophomores to have a vehicle on campus.
How much money should I bring?
We will pay for your books and cover the costs of most program-sponsored social activities. In addition, you will receive a $350 summer stipend in the form of a check once you arrive for FSI. This stipend is designed to assist with miscellaneous expenses you might incur during the program. We will also assist you in finding a bank nearby where you can establish a checking account. Some banks that are located within walking distance of campus are: Bank of America, 90 Nassau Street, 08542, (609) 430-2069; PNC Bank, 76 Nassau Street, 08542, (609) 497-6700; Santander Bank, 188 Nassau Street, 08542, (609) 924-4498; Wells Fargo, 194 Nassau Street, 08542, (609) 921-6000. In addition, the Princeton University Federal Credit Union offers limited services at its on-campus location in the New South Building, 7th Floor. The main, full-service office is located at 104 Carnegie Center, Suite 103, Princeton, NJ 08540, (609) 945-6200 or www.princetonfcu.org. The packet you receive when you check in on the first day will contain more information about these businesses.
FSI at a Glance
After move-in, Saturday afternoon events will include a brief welcome/orientation meeting for parents and guardians from 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm, followed by a complimentary dinner for students and families in the Butler dining hall. After dinner, you will bid your family farewell, and then join your peers and residential college adviser (RCA) for a short evening session.
On Sunday and Monday, we’ll spend the two days orienting you to FSI and to campus, and preparing you for the start of classes on Tuesday.
Particularly during the weekends, we offer an array of social activities and excursions. The RGSs (Resident Graduate Students) will organize these trips with the help of RCAs (Residential College Advisers). Freshman Scholars have full University privileges, including use of Dillon Gym. Over the course of the summer, you will also have the opportunity to take part in an array of workshops – both academic and professional development ones – as well as a FLI alumni mixer in August where you can network with campus partners, local alums, and professors.
When are classes held? What does a typical day look like in terms of academics?
At the heart of the FSI program is an immersive, exciting academic experience. During the summer, you will take two full credit-bearing courses. All Freshman Scholars will take “Ways of Knowing,” a small seminar-style course in which students explore the different ways that various disciplines produce knowledge. In addition, each Freshman scholar will be placed into one of the following three quantitative courses based on the best fit for your academic interests: “Visualizing Data,” “Laboratory Research in the Life Sciences,” or “Foundations of Engineering.” For more information on these courses, please visit the following webpage: http://fsi.princeton.edu/fsi-experience/academic-experience.
Each of these courses meets multiple days per week. On a typical weekday, it is likely that you will attend your “Ways of Knowing” seminar in the morning and your quantitative course in the afternoon after lunch. Classes generally last between two and three hours each. In addition, each Wednesday evening, all scholars will attend the FSI Speaker Dinner Series, in which you will have the chance to hear and discuss a talk by a Princeton faculty member about his/her research over a community meal.
During some afternoons and evenings, you will attend individually scheduled meetings with your professors and/or your peer course fellows. Your instructors will let you know when and how to schedule these meetings. Scholars also attend course review and homework sessions in which you will have the chance to work in facilitated groups on problem sets, presentations, papers, and test preparation.
Finally, throughout the summer, we will offer occasional workshops, lunchtime talks, and study breaks designed to introduce you to campus resources that will help you thrive in your first year at Princeton. Dean Gonzalez will let students know when and how to attend these workshops.
Faculty Office Hours
Faculty office hours should be one of your first stops if you have questions about a course, want feedback on or assistance with assignments, or just want to express your interest in the material! Professors are eager to talk more with you about the course material and answer your questions — they set aside office hours for this purpose. Office Hours for course instructors this summer will look like this:
- EGR Instructor OH: Mondays 9:30-10:30 am (Lewis 117); 4:30-5:30 pm (Lewis 117)
- MOL Instructor OH: Sundays 6:00-7:00 pm (Wu Dining Hall); Mondays 12:30-1:30 (Wu Dining Hall); 4:30-5:30 pm (Schultz Laboratory Room 102)
- POL Preceptor OH: Mondays 4:30-6:00 pm (Corwin 127); Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 pm (Corwin 127); Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm (Corwin 127)
- WOK Instructor OH: Alternating Wednesdays, 1:30-5:30 pm (various offices, Green Hall — see your WOK syllabus for more information). Please note that your WOK instructors will also hold mandatory one-on-one conferences to discuss your writing assignments. Please see syllabus for details.
Course Fellow System
Each course (WOK, POL, MOL, EGR) has both graduate and undergraduate Course Fellows embedded within it. Many of these course fellows are FSI alums themselves (!)—they are experienced learners who are trained to work with students as they encounter new material, form questions, brainstorm ideas, complete problem sets, draft papers and lab reports, and more. Each week, they will be holding working groups that will be a key part of your course learning experience. We strongly encourage you to take full advantage of these sessions, since you can use this time to work on assignments in groups with guidance and support from experienced learners (and, you should be able to get a head start on much of your homework during these times!) Below is the menu of course fellow support offered this summer, organized by course:
Questions about support in this class? Contact your professors, Professor Claire Gmachl (email@example.com) and Dr. Christopher Brinton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Geneva Stein, Assistant Director, McGraw Center at email@example.com)
EGR Course Fellows Working Groups: Guided small group tutoring/working sessions tailored to class assignments
- Mondays 7-9pm (Butler 026)
- Tuesdays 7-9pm (Butler 026)
EGR Course Fellows Lab/Lecture Presence: Course fellows will be on hand in many of the EGR class periods to help facilitate learning in labs/lecturers.
MOL Course Fellows Working Groups: Guided small group tutoring sessions tailored to class assignments
- Sundays 7-9pm (Butler 028)
- Mondays, 7-9pm (Butler 028)
MOL Course Fellow Lab Presence: Course fellows will be on hand in one or two lab sessions per week to help facilitate learning.
Questions about support in this class? Contact your professor, Dr. Will Lowe (firstname.lastname@example.org), Alex Tarr, POL Quantlab Coordinator, or Geneva Stein, Assistant Director, McGraw Center at email@example.com.
POL QuantLab: Guided group tutoring sessions that immediately follow class/precept and allow students time and guidance for tackling problem sets.
- Mondays 2:30-4:30pm (rooms TBD)
- Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm (rooms TBD)
- Thursdays 7-8:30pm (rooms TBD)
HUM 250 (Ways of Knowing)
Questions about support in this class? Contact your WOK professor or Dr. Keith Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Groups: Course Fellows will lead the mandatory WOK Reading Groups for all students, in which you will have time to gain additional familiarity with the course readings, participate in a small group discussion of the content, and prepare to engage with readings as sources in your writing assignments. You will also develop your critical reading, thinking, and writing practices, as well as strategies for successfully approaching complex and long-term assignments. Exact Time TBD: see your course fellows and WOK instructors for more details.
To what address should I have packages and mail sent?
Send all mail and packages for the duration of your summer stay to:
Student’s Name ’22
Freshman Scholars Institute
c/o Mail Services
701 Forrestal Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
I need a new laptop. How can I order one?
You can purchase a computer through Princeton’s Student Computer Initiative, or SCI (https://iss.princeton.edu/sci), or you may find your own purchasing options. Please note: If you are planning to use SCI, it is important for you to purchase your computer as soon as possible (you may purchase a computer through SCI as soon as you receive your netID and password).
- When to order: Because delivery can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, we encourage you to order your computer as soon as you receive your netID and password in order to allot time for delivery and to ensure it is on campus by the start of FSI.
- Delivery: When you order from SCI, you should use the following address for delivery: Khristina Gonzalez, 36 University Place, Suite 350, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. We will receive and store your computer for you securely until you arrive.
- If you choose to have your computer sent to us to receive and store, it is important you let us know that you ordered a computer by emailing us at email@example.com so we can sign for it and arrange to store it for you until your arrival.
I’m concerned about funding my computer purchase. How can I find more information about my financial options?
For information on how to pay for an SCI computer, please visit the SCI website, payment options link < https://princeton.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0010330 >. If you are a financial aid recipient and have questions about the financing options and loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-258-3330.
Will computer facilities be available on campus?
Yes. A computer cluster will be available for you in Butler College (Room 033). Laser printers are also available in the cluster. The dormitories are hard-wired for computer use and Internet access, and there is wireless available as well.
Since FSI students are recipients of Princeton grant aid, there will be no charge to you for tuition, and the cost of room and board will be waived. Further, if you are unable to meet your expected summer savings contribution, the shortage will be covered by additional grant funds. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid if you have any questions about your aid package: (609) 258-3330 / <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
REMINDER: FSI provides scholars with a $350 personal fellowship stipend to help offset miscellaneous personal expenses incurred during the program. These financial benefits are available only to FSI invitees who are receiving grant aid from the University, and supplement the offer the University has already made to convert your summer savings expectation for 2018-19 to additional grant aid. These additional funds, along with your travel assistance funding, will be provided to you via a personal check shortly after you arrive in July. If you have any questions regarding these additional funds, or about the travel funding, please contact Elizabeth Badger, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at email@example.com.
Campus Safety. No matter the situation you may be in, there is always someone on campus who is more than willing to help. Depending on the severity and context of the situation, there are a variety of resources you can reach out to in order to ensure you feel comfortable and safe in your surroundings. If it’s an emergency contact campus safety at (609) 258-3333. This is the Princeton Public Safety (commonly known as Psafe) emergency number. It is recommended that you use this number, rather than 911, for a more timely and local response. However, if you need to reach Psafe for a non-emergency reason (e.g. you are locked out of your room), contact campus safety at (609) 258-1000.
If you have an issue that is more personal, you should contact your Director of Student Life.
The Writing Center & the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
In addition to the Course Fellow services, the Writing Center and the McGraw Center will be on hand to offer one-one-one conferences and workshops throughout the summer. For more information about the Writing Center and the McGraw Center, see descriptions below.
The Writing Center offers student writers free, one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline. Located in Green Hall during the summer of 2018, the Writing Center welcomes all Princeton students. Writing Fellows can help with any part of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, or revising a draft. The goal of each conference is to teach strategies that will encourage students to become astute readers and critics of their own work. Although the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service, Fellows can help students learn techniques for improving sentences and checking mechanics. Writing Center conferences complement, but do not replace, the relationships students have with their teachers and advisers.
- One-on-one FSI Conferences: Each FSI student should visit the writing center at least once for every WOK paper assignments. They will be a great help in your drafting and revision process as you make the transition from high school to college writing.
- Conferences are available by appointment on Thursday evenings, Fridays afternoons, and Saturday mornings.
- To schedule an appointment, please visit http://writing.princeton.edu/center to check for available appointments or contact Gen Creedon, Associate Director for the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning is located on the 3rd floor of Frist Campus Center, and provides a variety of services for students to enhance their academic achievement at Princeton. They offer practical strategies to help Princeton undergraduates become more powerful, productive and independent learners. With practice and support, students at all levels can cultivate these academic skills and adopt new strategies and habits of mind.
- McGraw Workshops: During FSI, McGraw will offer a series of workshops geared toward helping students prepare for the academic experience of FSI as well as the fall semester. Please see the McGraw flyer or the workshop calendar for more information.
- McGraw Center Learning Consultations: McGraw staff members are available for free, individual consultations to help students develop an approach to learning that draws upon their unique profile of strengths. During FSI, appointments will be available on Fridays from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. To make an appointment, please visit
Residential College Deans and Directors
During the program, students are invited to College Breakfasts every Wednesday from 9:00 - 10:00 am with their residential college Master, Dean, Director of Study, and/or Director of Student Life. We encourage you to sit down with your college staff each Wednesday at breakfast. It is a great chance to talk about the transition to the fall semester, course selection, advanced placement, or just the residential college system! Additionally, all FSI students will meet individually with their DOS or Dean during the summer. Students will receive information on how to sign-up for this meeting via email.
Resources for BSE students
BSE students with academic advising questions about the BSE track are encouraged to speak to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Peter Bogucki. Dean Bogucki works with the deans and directors of studies in the residential colleges to guide the academic progress of BSE students. He is available for academic counseling and encourages all BSE students to schedule an appointment with him by calling the SEAS Undergraduate Affairs Office at 609-258-4554 to discuss courses, career plans, foreign study, or other concerns. Dean Bogucki will hold a meeting for BSE students on Monday, July 23 from 5:00-6:00 pm in Butler PDR.
Campus Life Resources
University Health Services/ McCosh Health Center provide basic medical and wellness services to Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students, their dependents, and faculty and staff. Located south of Frist Campus Center, University Health Services works to promote a healthy learning and working environment for the campus community. To learn about their services and resources or to schedule an appointment online, visit their website.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers a wide range of services including individual counseling, couples counseling, groups for various interests, urgent care, psychiatry (this means medication for mental health issues), mindfulness programs and more. You can read more about everything they have to offer here. To make an appointment, just call them (609-258-3285) and they will walk you through everything. All of the programs including counseling offered by CPS are free to students. Should you want to work with a psychiatrist and obtain prescription medication, your Princeton or personal health insurance plan will cover a lot of the cost, and you can fulfill your prescriptions at the pharmacy in the U-Store right on campus.
Office of Disability Services. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is located in Frist Campus Center and is an excellent resource if you require academic accommodations for any sort of disability, whether temporary or permanent. For instance, if a student-athlete experiences a serious injury that affects the student’s ability to do coursework (such as a concussion or a broken hand), the ODS may work with the student to arrange for academic support such as providing note-takers for courses or arranging for altered test-taking settings. If a student has a more permanent disability, such as deafness, the ODS will work with the student to provide services such as sign language interpreters for the student’s courses. ODS accommodations are generally determined on an individual case-by-case basis, so if you feel you require support due to a personal disability, don’t hesitate to reach out to the ODS (http://www.princeton.edu/ods/).
LGBT Center. Located in Frist Campus Center, Level 200, the LGBT Center plans events and serves as a support network for LGBTQIA individuals. It supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual students and employees by providing community-building, education, events and initiatives. The Center also provides programming about active ally-ship. Learn more about the Center, their events and resources here and on Facebook.
Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. Located at 58 Prospect Ave., the Center plans events centered on different cultures, seeking to expand student learning through programs and experiences that integrate self-awareness, multicultural and intercultural communication skills, social justice education, and leadership opportunities. It also serves as a support network and advocate for students of color. Learn more about the Center, their events, and resources on their website and Facebook .
Women’s Center. Located in Frist Campus Center, Level 200, the Center plans events about gender, feminism, women’s issues, and women’s history. It engages students in dialogue about their experiences, serving as a support network not only for women, but all students, and helping them learn from the history of women’s and other movements for social equality. Learn more about the Center, their events and resources on their website and Facebook.
Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE). Located at McCosh Student Health Center, SHARE provides help, information and resources for students who may have been victims of sexual harassment or assault. It helps students who have experienced interpersonal violence and abuse — including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking — make informed decisions and obtain the help they need. SHARE also educates the campus community and works to make campus a safer environment. To make an appointment, call (609) 258-3310. Learn more about their resources on their website.
The Office of Religious Life provides religious support and encourages interfaith understanding. It hosts events from meditation to education to discussion groups and social gatherings for the campus community. ORL also has chaplaincies and groups for Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Interfaith, Jewish, Muslim, Secular, Sikh, and Unitarian faiths; you can find information about events and services for these religions here. A list of services held in the chapel is updated here. Hillel at Princeton is found at the Center for Jewish Life; there is also the Chabad at Princeton. You can find more places of worship in Princeton at this site.
The Davis International Center aims to provide international and undocumented/DACAmented students with resources and support for immigration matters, adjusting to living in the US, and succeeding as a Princeton student and contributor to the community. Undocumented students are encouraged to connect with the Davis International Center to consult with their immigration attorneys and foster community with other undocumented Princetonians. They offer advising appointments, which students can sign up for here. For more information, check out the Davis IC website here.
The Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC) is a student-run organization on campus that works alongside the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) to support those on campus who identify as “first-generation and/or low income,” a title which we have endearingly simplified into the acronym “FLI.” The more formal definition of a “first-generation college student” is a student whose parents did not go to college. However, PHMC works to provide a voice and resources for anyone who is unfamiliar with how to navigate an institution like Princeton in general. Learning more about the group is an easy way to see all that Princeton has to offer you, whatever your interests may be. If you’d like to learn more, please go here.
3535 U.S. Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
Mercer Mall Shopping Center
3345 US Highway 1 (SB), Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
500 Nassau Park Blvd., Princeton, NJ 08540
101 Nassau Park Blvd., Princeton, NJ 08540
150 Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
Directions to Route 1 (Brunswick Pike) from Nassau Street (Route 27):
Make a right at the light onto Washington Road (stay on Washington 1.6 miles). Take exit towards the right to get on Route 1 (which runs perpendicular to Washington Rd). Once you are on Route 1, you will pass Mercer Mall (on the right hand side), Princeton Market Fair (on right hand side), Walmart (on the right hand side), Target (on the right hand side), and Quakerbridge Mall (on the left hand side).
Directions to Route 1 from Parking Garage on Campus:
Exit garage. Make a left. Head towards circle and take first exit onto Elm Dr. At the second circle, take the first exit (Faculty Rd). Make a left at the traffic light onto Alexander Rd. Take the exit to Route 1 South. After ~3 miles make a slight right onto the Quakerbridge Rd (there will be a sign indicating that this exit is for the shopping center). Follow signs for Quakerbridge Mall.
Other local sites of interest
Princeton University Art Museum (Elm Drive, Princeton). With a collecting history that extends back to the 1750s, the Museum is one of the few university art museums of truly universal scope. Its collections, which number more than 97,000 works in all media, range from ancient to contemporary and span the globe. The art museum is free to all. Link to its website here.
Princeton Battlefield Park (500 Mercer Road, Princeton). Just a mile away from campus lies the Princeton Battlefield Park, where American forces led by George Washington defeated a British battalion in the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. There are some really nice walking trails around the perimeter, and one even takes you to the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), a beautiful campus in its own right. For more information about the battlefield, go here. For more on IAS, go to their website.
Grounds for Sculpture (80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton). This charming park of outdoor sculptures includes a wide variety of historic and contemporary sculptures. For more information, go here.
Public Library (65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton). For more than 100 years, the Princeton Public Library has been changing the lives of Princeton residents. A world-class collection, expert staff and thousands of engaging programs each year mean that everyone can find something at the library. For more information, please go here.
Here are some of local favorites:
- Hoagie Haven here.
- Hunan Chinese Restaurant (cash-only) on Witherspoon has some of the most reasonable prices you’ll find. here.
- Olives Deli and Bakery is a great take-out spot for fresh salads, baked goods, hot specials, and first-rate sandwiches. here.
- Tico’s Smoothies is amazingly refreshing and serves up acai bowls, burritos, and more. here.
- Halo Pub is by far the best ice cream you can get in Princeton for the price and their hot chocolate is to die for. here.
Getting To and From NYC
- NJ Transit - From campus, go to the Princeton Dinky station where you will find ticket machines. As of August 2016, you can buy a one-way ticket to NYC Penn Station for $17.75 either at the station machines or through NJ Transit’s mobile app before getting on the Dinky (“NJ Transit” in the app store). A round-trip ticket costs $35.50. The Dinky will take you to Princeton Junction station where you will transfer to the train heading in the direction of NY Penn Station (if you are confused, follow the crowd through the pedestrian tunnel underpass). The train will take you directly to Pennsylvania Station in the heart of Manhattan in less than an hour.
To get back to Princeton’s campus, buy tickets at the kiosks or through the mobile app. At Penn Station, there are TV monitors that announce the track numbers for each train about 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Keep a look out for the Northeast Corridor Line in the direction of Trenton.
- Megabus - Megabuses depart from the FitzRandolph Gates and will take you to NYC Port Authority. A one-way ticket costs $12 and can be purchased at megabus.com. Be sure you have your reservation number to give to the driver.
Megabus has tickets to NYC for $1, however there are a limited supply each day. Because of this, $1 tickets must be bought around 6 weeks in advance. The trip to NYC lasts around 70-90 minutes depending on traffic. Avoid Megabus if you are in a hurry and also in the days leading up to Thanksgiving when traffic in Manhattan is overwhelming.
(Note: The earliest Dinky that leaves for Princeton Junction on the weekends is at 9:00 in the morning. If you need to be in NYC before then, there are buses leaving Princeton at 6:00 and 8:00 am.)
Getting To and From Philadelphia:
Take the Dinky to Princeton Junction. From there take the Northeast Corridor Line to Trenton. A one-way ticket to Trenton from Princeton will be $6.75. At Trenton, buy tickets and transfer to the SEPTA R7 train that will take you to Philly’s 30th Street Station. A one-way ticket for this train will be $9. The entire trip takes around 2 hours.
On August 24, after final exams have ended, our program concludes with a celebratory barbecue. On August 26 (noon), you may officially leave campus. Some students decide to return home for the period between the end of FSI (August 26) and the beginning of Freshman Orientation (September 1). However, you are also welcome to remain on campus until Freshman Orientation begins; there will be fun activities taking place during that week and we will provide you with housing and food. All students will officially move into their academic year room on Tuesday, August 28. For those of you who decide to leave campus between August 26th (noon) and September 1 and are unable to move into your regularly assigned room on August 28th, we will have a system for moving your belongings. We will be in touch during the summer with instructions about moving your things so you won’t need to worry about bringing items home during the interim week. If you plan to stay on campus during the interim, you should make sure to bring all of your belongings for the academic year to FSI.
If you are a member of a fall sport varsity team: Check with your coaches to learn more about arrangements for the interim period between August 26th and September 1st. It is likely that you will need to remain on campus for practice.
Outdoor Action. Outdoor Action (OA) has been running freshman trips since 1974 and in the past decade usually 60-70% of each entering class goes on an OA trip. There are several different kinds of trips, from backpacking to climbing, canoeing to biking. Each trip has two or three upperclassmen leaders and will consist of 7-10 other freshmen. The OA equipment lists can be found here. There is a video on the page with the backpacking equipment list that explains everything you need to bring and shows examples of the types of clothing you need. OA can provide backpacks and sleeping bags to you, just indicate you need them on your application. If you’re on financial aid and you need them, OA may also be able to provide hiking boots and a raincoat to you; there will be a separate email about this. Upwards of 80% of people who go on an OA trip have minimal outdoors experience and haven’t been backpacking before so don’t be scared or nervous. Trying new things is one of the core ideas of the trip!
Community Action. Community Action (CA) offers a wide variety of trips all tackling different themes: Arts, Education, Health, and Environment, for example. The Community Action program is spread throughout New Jersey with a few trips taking place in Philadelphia. To see the full list of trip themes and a map of where the trips are, click here. CA is all about service, and their service learning experiences are designed to be meaningful and make participants think critically about their environment and the types of social issues different communities are facing. Each trip is led by about 3 students and consists of 11 freshmen. To learn more, click here to see Pace’s Community Action page! If you have any specific questions or concerns about dietary restrictions or living accommodations that aren’t answered on the page, you can contact the CA Program Coordinator, Jane Sanchez Swain, directly at email@example.com.
Official move-in day for freshmen is September 1stat 8:00 am. Although 8:00 am is an early time and the move-in process lasts until 1 pm, we suggest that you get there early. Allow yourself enough time to move in at a comfortable pace, as things can get hectic with all freshmen moving in at the same time. You will start your process at Baker Rink (don’t worry too much about location now, there will be staff and signs to assist you when you arrive). Here you will receive lots of important information, your TigerCard (access to your dorm/campus buildings, meals, etc.), and of course FREE stuff.
After moving in, what do you do? Fortunately enough, Princeton has already provided a calendar with ALL of the official orientation events here. Note that there are Core Events. These are events that are mandatory for you to attend. Do not miss out on these, as they are an integral part of your welcome to Princeton. Also, take advantage of the events that are not required! These events, along with the core events, are a great way to meet and get to know members of your class! **There are also events for your families to get a better feel for Princeton**
The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP). SIFP offers mentorship, academic enrichment, and a welcoming scholarly community to students hailing from backgrounds historically underrepresented at Princeton. In particular, we invite all first-generation and low-income students, as well as military veterans and transfer students, to apply to become SIFP Fellows. Housed within the Office of the Dean of the College, SIFP provides practical guidance to students for whom Princeton presents a new and different academic and social culture from their home communities, from navigating the University’s many and ever-expanding resources, to empowering Fellows to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. Above all else, becoming a SIFP Fellow means joining a supportive community of scholars who work together to thoughtfully engage college life, find success, and prepare for the exciting road ahead.
SIFP builds on and enhances our Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI) program, extending its inclusive academic experience from matriculation to graduation. Students are very welcome to apply to join SIFP even if they did not attend FSI or participate in FSI2U.
SIFP Fellows benefit from workshops, roundtables, and advising events that support academic achievement, facilitate mentorship across cohorts, and provide ongoing academic and professional development opportunities. Learn more about our programming by checking out the SIFP Experience: https://sifp.princeton.edu/