This year’s Orientation will proceed in a fashion like none before. Welcoming our newest class to campus, while balancing a return to in-person activity amid the ongoing pandemic, Princeton will introduce our newest class to the traditions that lay dormant during “Virtual Princeton.”
The Class of 2025 began their Princeton journey, most within their own homes, by virtually meeting their classmates through the Summer Engagement Cohort Program. This program originally began with the Class of 2024, as a space to meet their classmates virtually. For both classes of 2024 and 2025 the opportunity to meet some of those virtual friends face-to-face this fall is both exciting and encouraging. After students transitioned from the Summer Engagement program they began conversations with Peer Academic Advisors and Residential College staff; all aiding in setting the foundation for a one of a kind academic year. While we continue to adjust to this new way of life, we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 to their in-person Orientation experience, which will begin on Saturday, August 21 and continue until August 31.
Orientation for the class of 2025 will function as a campus based program, with most programs doing day trips and returning to campus in the evening for dinner and to continue their small group experience. Prior to their arrival, the Class of 2025 Canvas @ Princeton site was announced one week before first-year student move-in, August 21.The site, a dynamic portal rich in information, includes modules from traditional Orientation sessions, like Counseling and Psychological Servcies (CPS), The Department of Public Safety, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE), and Diversity & Inclusion, as well as updated first-year student content, including an introduction to Princeton’s history, and resources and videos from key campus partners, such as the Office of Sustainability, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS), and the Undergraduate Student Government. In preparing the modules that populate the site, the Orientation team collaborated with sponsoring offices, departments, and student organizations to create online content in the form of videos, presentations, and guides that highlight the information most relevant to the Class of 2025, while remaining true to the Orientation curricular goals that have guided the program since 2016.
Welcoming students back to campus also saw the return of small-group experience, an integral fixture of the Orientation experience. The small group experiences provide incoming students an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with their classmates and to engage with upper class leaders while participating in experiential activities. Although these programs will be campus-based, all of our small group experiences, Community Action, Dialogue Difference in Action, Outdoor Action, and the Fall-Athlete Experience, will provide our newest community members an unforgettable experience through learning more about themselves and their classmates.
After the small-group experiences, students will continue with Orientation, engaging in additional social events and academic meetings scheduled through September 30. More details and all the events, can be found at Orientation.princeton.edu.