The Orientation Program welcomes new undergraduate students to campus and introduces them to the Princeton community during their first weeks on campus. During orientation students find their home in the residential colleges, bond with peers in the small-group experience, meet other members of their class through class-wide social events, and participate in Princeton traditions. In addition, orientation introduces students to resources that will prepare them for academic life at Princeton.
The goal of Orientation is to facilitate the transition to college by introducing first-year students to the values, expectations, and resources of the Princeton community that will be their home for the next four years.
In fall 2020, all students will move in on Saturday, August 22nd, and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying a warm welcome to campus and their residential colleges.
Following this on-campus orientation, all students will leave for small-group, experiential learning trips. These small-group experiences allow students to form strong bonds among first-years across residential colleges and with their student trip leaders across class years.
When they return to campus, first-year students will be welcomed at their first all-class assembly. Throughout the weekend they participate in a rich array of programs that explain and explore the values of our community, including the Pre-read freshman assembly. Introduction to intellectual life begins with Opening Exercises in the University Chapel. Students will then have the opportunity to discuss their academic goals with students and faculty from all departments at the Academic Expo, before selecting fall courses.
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