Campus News

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
by Susan Promislo, Office of Communications
Princeton University has a substantial impact on the New Jersey economy, generating an annual total of $1.58 billion in economic output as an employer, research and innovation leader, sponsor of construction projects, purchaser of goods and services, and financial and civic contributor to local communities. That total supports an estimated 13,450 jobs with $970.7 million in earnings. The economic and other benefits the University generates within the town of Princeton and neighboring communities, Mercer County and the state of New Jersey are presented in a new report, "Education, Innovation and Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Princeton University."
Monday, Apr 17, 2017
by the Office of Communications
Through its comprehensive campus planning effort, Princeton University has identified a potential site for a new undergraduate residential college south of Poe Field and east of Elm Drive and potential sites for the expansion of engineering and environmental studies on lands along the north side of Ivy Lane and Western Way, west of FitzRandolph Road.
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017
by the Office of Communications
Princeton University's trustees have adopted the University's operating budget for 2017-18, which includes an 8.7 percent increase to $161.2 million in the undergraduate financial aid budget to continue to ensure that a Princeton education is genuinely affordable for every admitted student.
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
As part of Princeton University's ongoing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, three academic departments have created pilot programs that build bridges between undergraduate coursework and doctoral programs for promising young scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. The pilot programs in astrophysical sciences, physics and politics offer a select number of recent bachelor's degree graduates the opportunity to spend between one and two years on campus taking courses and conducting research. The goals of the non-degree programs are to help the scholars gain admission to top-tier doctoral programs and to help diversify their fields on campus and beyond. Brandon Johnson is one student who came to the bridge program in the Department of Politics in January 2016 after finishing his bachelor's degree in political science from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Thursday, Feb 2, 2017
by Office of Communications
Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and 47 other American college and university presidents today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to "rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country's borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world." "If left in place," the letter says, "the order threatens both American higher education and the defining principles of our country." The letter was initially drafted by Eisgruber and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016
by office of Communications
Princeton University now has one of the highest percentages of Pell-eligible students among the nation's most selective colleges and universities, with 21 percent of the freshman Class of 2020 eligible for the federal grants that are awarded to low-income students. The percentage of Pell-eligible freshmen is triple that of the Class of 2008.
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016
by Maya Wahrman, Office of Religious Life
What could be a better welcome to America than carving pumpkins? That's what Matt Weiner, Princeton University's associate dean of religious life, and Patrick Barry, director of refugee and immigration services for Catholic Charities in Camden, New Jersey, were thinking when they brought 25 refugee youths to carve pumpkins with Princeton students one sunny Saturday in October. The refugees were mainly from Syria and Myanmar, and the Princeton students were from the Class of 2019.
Monday, Oct 17, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Improving access to affordable housing is a critical challenge around the country and across the globe. It's also an urgent concern just across Nassau Street from the University campus, in the municipality of Princeton. That made it a perfect fit for the inaugural Tiger Challenge, a program designed to help Princeton students tackle complex, real-world problems by providing support and nurturing their curiosity, creativity, compassion and courage. A team of four undergraduates spent part of the summer learning about affordable housing in Princeton through research and conversations with residents, municipal officials, affordable-housing experts and Tiger Challenge mentors.
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016
by The Office of Communications
"Behind the scenes" is a common phrase in the performance world. At Princeton University, one "performance" in particular that has been going on behind the scenes for nearly a decade will premiere in one year. On the weekend of Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5-7, 2017, the new Lewis Center for the Arts — a dynamic multi-facility complex that will greatly expand the performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces for the arts — will open its doors and spaces to the University and greater Princeton community.
Monday, Oct 10, 2016
by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications
Since 2009, the Princeton University Volunteer Fire Program has been serving both the University and surrounding community. The program consists of about 30 University staff members who volunteer during business hours to respond to emergencies with the Princeton Fire Department. For the Princeton Fire Department, which is an all-volunteer organization, the program ensures support during the day with University volunteers when town volunteers may be unable to answer a call.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016
by The Office of Communications
Princeton University professor F. Duncan Haldane has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter." Haldane, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics who joined the Princeton faculty in 1990, shares the prize with David Thouless of the University of Washington and J. Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016
by Office of Communications
Organized by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the annual Community and Staff Day featured a Family Fun Fest at Princeton Stadium. Several local nonprofits and University departments set up booths with crafts, music, face painting, bounce houses and games throughout the stadium concourse. University student-athletes hosted a youth sports clinic — including baseball, basketball, crew, fencing, lacrosse, softball and track and field, among others — on Weaver Track next to the stadium. The fun concluded with the Princeton football team's home opener against Lafayette College, to which 12,000 area residents received free tickets. After the game — which Princeton won, 35 to 31 — fireworks lit up the sky.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016
by Daniel Day, Office of Communications
Representatives of Princeton University gave a status report Monday, Sept. 19, to town of Princeton residents, council members and planning committee members on the 2026 Campus Plan that is being developed. The new plan, which will succeed the University's 2016 Campus Plan coming to a close, will establish a framework to guide the evolution of the campus through 2026 and beyond. The plan will encompass most of the land the University owns and will consider two planning horizons: a 10-year horizon to provide detailed guidance on near-term growth and change, and a 30-year horizon to establish a broader strategy for development of campus over the next generation.
Monday, Aug 22, 2016
by Office of Communications
Three of the 13 Princeton students and alumni competing won medals at the 2016 Olympic Games that concluded Sunday, Aug. 21, in Rio de Janeiro. Rising senior Ashleigh Johnson won a gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team, Gevvie Stone of the Class of 2007 won a silver medal in women's individual rowing for Team USA, and Diana Matheson of the Class of 2008 won a bronze medal on the Canadian women's soccer team.
Monday, Jul 25, 2016
by Mel Policicchio, Woodrow Wilson School
Candidates for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs usually enter the School's degree programs with real-world professional experience. Students with military backgrounds also bring a global viewpoint of the effect public policy has on the ground. Their leadership and experience in the field enriches classroom conversations. Learn about four of these students.
Friday, May 6, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Frist Campus Center was the center of Princeton University's research universe Thursday afternoon as more than 150 undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers presented their work at the first Princeton Research Day. The event highlighted research from the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and the arts in formats including talks, poster presentations, performances, art exhibitions and digital presentations — all designed with the general public in mind.
Friday, May 6, 2016
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
Princeton University has made significant progress during the past year to foster a more inclusive campus climate, and continues to implement new programs and practices related to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016
by the Office of Communications
The contested legacy of Woodrow Wilson forms the focus of an exhibition now on display in the Bernstein Gallery of Robertson Hall. The show, "In the Nation's Service? Woodrow Wilson Revisited," documents not only the positive but also the negative aspects of Wilson's tenure as 13th president of Princeton University and 28th president of the United States. The show, which runs through Oct. 28, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4:30 p.m. during the summer months.
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016
by the Office of Communications
Princeton University's trustees have adopted the University's operating budget for 2016-17, which includes a 6.6 percent increase to $147.4 million in the undergraduate financial aid budget to continue to ensure that a Princeton education is genuinely affordable for every admitted student. Princeton provides financial aid in the form of grants, which do not have to be repaid. It does not require any borrowing, so students can graduate debt free.
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016
by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications
Building on its commitment of providing sustainable and convenient transportation options for faculty, staff, students and the community, Princeton University has expanded its bike-share program by 60 bicycles that can be borrowed at various points around campus. The new bikes augment a successful bike-rental pilot program the University launched in November 2014 with 10 bikes available at Princeton Station.
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016
by Steven Schultz, School of Engineering and Applied Science Communications
Emily A. Carter, a Princeton faculty member since 2004 and founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been selected as the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her appointment is effective July 1. Carter is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. She has earned wide recognition for fundamental research contributions as well as for her vision for harnessing science and policy to produce lasting solutions to societal problems, including those of energy and the environment.
Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
by Office of Admission and the Office of Communications
Princeton University's financial aid policy is recognized as among the most generous in the country. The University's robust financial aid packages are built on grants rather than loans, which allow students to graduate debt free. This makes a Princeton education affordable for any student who is admitted to the University. In fact, Princeton is likely to be more affordable than a state university for lower- and middle-income students.
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
The recipients of Princeton's top alumni awards stressed the value of service and the power of public policy during the University's annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 20. James Heckman, the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College at the University of Chicago and a winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, received the James Madison Medal, the University's top honor for Graduate School alumni. Heckman earned a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton in 1971. Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army and a member of the Class of 1980, received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the University's highest honor for undergraduate alumni.
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016
by Takim Williams, Class of 2016
He arrived onstage without a violin — neither his 1714 Soil Stradivarius nor his Guarneri del Gesu 1743 Sauret, which he has played on concert stages around the world — and still gave a command performance. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman — winner of 16 Grammy Awards and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — and his wife, fellow Juilliard graduate Toby Perlman, opened the Class of 2016's Last Lectures series in Richardson Auditorium at Princeton with a talk titled "My Goal Is to Not Be Bored by What I Do."
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016
by Staff
Princeton University's Office of Religious Life supports a community of many faiths in the exploration of religious, moral and ethical questions. "We have a wonderful time learning from each other and with each other about what we each believe, what we value, where our commitments are, and what we want to do to contribute to just and equitable societies around the world," said Alison Boden, dean of religious life and the chapel, who has led the office since 2007.
Monday, Feb 1, 2016
by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Shannon Greco, a science education program leader at PPPL, has been named one of the YWCA Princeton’s “women of excellence” for her work with young women and disadvantaged youth, including her help in starting two all-girls robotics teams for the YWCA Princeton.
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016
by Christopher L. Eisgruber
Protests about racial justice have roiled campuses across America this fall, including at Princeton. Many alumni have asked me about the causes for this turmoil. Media pundits and others often suggest that students today are simply too quick to take offense, and in some cases are taking offense when it is not intended. On occasion students have seemed to demand that they be insulated from any viewpoints or behaviors that make them feel disrespected or unwelcome. Many find this trend alarming, and for good reason. Freedom of speech is a bedrock value at Princeton and every great university. Teaching, learning, and research depend on the open and honest exchange of ideas.
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016
by Nick Barberio, Office of Communications
Junior Colin Lualdi is a physics major at Princeton University, and he is Deaf. Lualdi capitalizes the "D" in Deaf as a way of embracing the Deaf community, and he has welcomed his role as Princeton's only Deaf student. By teaching sign language to his fellow students, establishing an American Sign Language (ASL) club and language table, and advocating for ASL-related classes in the curriculum, he has connected a community of people interested in ASL on campus.
Monday, Jan 25, 2016
by the Office of Communications
Nine scholars and biographers with expertise about Woodrow Wilson have submitted letters outlining their perspectives on the former Princeton and U.S. president to a University trustee committee considering his campus legacy. The letters are available to read on the Wilson legacy website, where the trustee committee also invites the public to offer observations and opinions on Wilson.
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
In 2013, Princeton University adopted a comprehensive strategy to increase the diversity of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students as part of broader goals to create a more diverse and inclusive community. Since then, the University has launched various initiatives focused on faculty hiring, graduate student recruiting and mentoring, and staff development and training. Provost David S. Lee and Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice recently spoke about the University's commitment to diversity and the progress of specific initiatives focused on faculty.
Monday, Jan 18, 2016
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
Princeton University honored Martin Luther King Jr. during a Jan. 18 ceremony featuring reflections on the civil rights leader's legacy, remarks on the continued quest for racial justice in the United States, musical performances from the Trenton Central High School Inspiration Choir, and a recognition of community and campus service efforts. In his introductory remarks, President Christopher L. Eisgruber said this year's event was especially meaningful because "the nation is once again in a period of heightened attention to questions of racial justice."
Sunday, Nov 22, 2015
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Princeton University alumna Katherine Clifton, a member of the Class of 2015, and seniors Richard Lu, Cameron Platt and Evan Soltas have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. They are among the 32 American recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which fund two to three years of graduate study at Oxford. Soltas, of Rumson, New Jersey, is concentrating in economics and pursuing a certificate in statistics and machine learning. At Oxford, he plans to pursue an M.Sc. in applied statistics, combined with an M.Sc. by research in his second year.
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015
by Trenton Community Music School staff
Trenton children beginning music study will have their own instruments to take home for practicing, and neglected instruments will find a whole new life, as Princeton University’s Office of Public Affairs and WWFM The Classical Network host Instruments of Change, benefitting the Trenton Community Music School. From November 30 through December 4, the week after Thanksgiving, the Office of Public Affairs will open its doors for members of the community whose musical instruments are in need of a good home.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015
by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Princeton held a public conversation on Nov. 16 featuring NEH Chairman William "Bro" Adams and presentations by prominent scholars at the University as well as public humanities advocates. The event, "Community and University: 50 Years of the National Endowment for the Humanities," was sponsored by the Council of the Humanities, Princeton Public Library and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Monday, Nov 9, 2015
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
This month the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, which shaped our concepts of space, time and gravity, and spurred generations of scientists to contemplate new ideas about the universe. The anniversary was celebrated on Nov. 5-6 at a conference co-hosted by Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study in the town of Princeton. Einstein's theory of general relativity, set down in a series of lectures in Berlin in late 1915, predicted many features of the universe — including black holes and gravitational waves — for which we now have experimental evidence.
Friday, Oct 30, 2015
by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs
Be amazed by a faculty science lecture, explore the University's green spaces, listen to a children's concert, or come and relax in the gallery of our children's library. There's plenty for families to do at Princeton University. The University offers a variety of quality programs — many of which are free and open to the public — in areas such as the arts, athletics, literacy and science. Under the umbrella of "YouthCampus," the Office of Community and Regional Affairs lists these programs online and sends email alerts about upcoming programs to subscribers.
Monday, Oct 26, 2015
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Members of the Princeton community came together Saturday, Oct. 24, to remember the beautiful minds and hearts of two of its beloved members, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, who were killed in an automobile crash May 23. He was 86, she was 82.
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
by the Office of Admission and the Office of Communications
Princeton University's financial aid policy is recognized as among the most generous in the country. The University's robust financial aid packages are built on grants rather than loans, which allow students to graduate debt free. This makes a Princeton education affordable for any student who is admitted to the University. In fact, Princeton is likely to be more affordable than a state university for lower- and middle-income students.
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015
by Min Pullan, Office of Communications
Interspersed among Princeton University's historic buildings and grounds are major construction and renovation projects that are gradually changing the appearance of the campus. Most of the projects - including the new construction of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the new New Jersey Transit Dinky Station, and the Lakeside Graduate Housing complex - were first conceptualized for the University's 10-year Campus Plan, which runs through 2016.
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015
by Stacey Huang, Class of 2016, for the Office of Engineering Communications
Ten years ago, the founding director of Princeton University's new center for engineering education set a simple goal: "To inject more engineering into the liberal arts and inject more of the liberal arts into engineering." This purpose was reflected in the center's inaugural programs: the integrated Engineering, Mathematics and Physics course for incoming engineers, a set of cross-disciplinary courses including an entrepreneurship class, and the first annual Innovation Forum. Over the past 10 years, the Keller Center has continued these initiatives and expanded much further.
Monday, Oct 12, 2015
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Princeton University professor Angus Deaton has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to understanding consumption at the individual level and in aggregate. Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been a faculty member at Princeton since 1983. Deaton was honored with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in "consumption, poverty and welfare," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted in announcing the award.
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015
by Sharon Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Meandering paths, sunken courtyards, trees, flowers and shrubs weave through the sculptural complex of gray brick and glass that has risen at the eastern edge of the Princeton University campus. After over three years of construction, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is about to open its doors, ushering in a new phase for the center's goal to develop solutions to ensure our energy and environmental future.
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015
by Staff
Recipients of the 2015 Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry - Arthur B. McDonald and Tomas Lindahl - can trace their prize-winning work to their time at Princeton University.
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015
by B. Rose Huber, Woodrow Wilson School
The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949. These documents, which include correspondence, speeches, reports and memos, are housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Thursday, Sep 24, 2015
by Erin Firestone, Princeton University Art Museum
A monumental new glass, steel and bronze sculpture by leading contemporary artists Doug and Mike Starn - identical twins born in New Jersey and now based in New York - has been placed on the lawn of the Princeton University Art Museum. The newly commissioned work, weighing nearly eight tons, is constructed of six 18-foot-tall vividly colored glass panels — featuring a new glass-dyeing technique pioneered in Germany — and two cast bronze forms resembling tree limbs. Titled "(Any) Body Oddly Propped," it was designed by the Starns specifically for the site and continues the artists' long fascination with energy systems found in nature.
Thursday, Sep 24, 2015
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Princeton University continues to broaden its online teaching and learning efforts and has become a charter member of the edX Consortium. As a result, millions of learners will have the opportunity to take free classes offered by Princeton faculty on the edX online platform. The first course taught by a Princeton faculty member on edX is scheduled to begin in October. Jennifer Widner, a professor of politics and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will lead the course "Making Government Work in Hard Places."
Monday, Sep 21, 2015
by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications
Lake Carnegie, which bounds the south end of campus, is one of Princeton's most open and natural spaces, a resource to the University and the local community as well as a home to wildlife. Its immensity glistens in the sun. On days when the sky ends with a low, dusky cover of clouds, the lake seems to widen until it swallows the dull horizon. Animals of all types live in its waters and roam its forested shores. It's a part of campus where nearly anyone can show up and not look out of place: fishermen; students and tourists in rented kayaks; ice skaters and hockey players; young lovers on a secluded shore. There's no application, no entrance fee.
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015
by Morgan Kelly and Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Over 900 incoming freshman spent the early weeks of September bonding with their new classmates over activities like camping out at the Princeton-Blairstown Center in Harwick; working the fields of a Titusville farm; and volunteering at Mercer County food banks. These activites, organized into small group trips through the campus organizations Outdoor Action and Community Action, are part of a series of orientation events to help freshmen become familiar with one another, the University and the community they'll live in for the next four years.
Monday, Aug 31, 2015
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
Visitors to Princeton University's Prospect Gardens may be familiar with the cheerful orange marigolds, pops of pink petunias and bunches of begonias blooming around the lush grounds. What they may not know is that most flowers planted there and in other campus gardens get their start just down the road in the University's greenhouses. Princeton is one of a handful of non-agricultural universities to have its own greenhouses and nursery, which are located off main campus behind Windsor and Rickerson fields.
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015
by Princeton Athletics
Guided by the motto, "Got your six", and Head Coach Courtney Banghart, the Princeton women's basketball team closed out their regular season with a historic 30-0 record and went on to the second round of the Women's NCAA tournament for the first time in the team's history. Watch this video to learn more about the players, the coaches and their remarkable season.
Thursday, Jul 23, 2015
by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
For their final project, Princeton students in the spring course "Food, Literature and the American Racial Diet" worked in teams to create dishes that illustrated various aspects of how food interacts with racial identity. Each team was paired with a chef from Campus Dining who advised them on food ingredients, preparation and presentation. The dishes were presented and tasted at an event called the "Princeton Feast" held April 30 in the Frist Campus Center, attended by students, faculty and staff.
Monday, Jul 13, 2015
by Michael Hotchkiss and Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
As beach bags, backpacks and airline carry-ons are being packed, summer begs its perennial question "What are you reading?” Six Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their scholarship and teaching, highlight one or two favorite books and share what's on their own summer reading (and in one case, film) lists.
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Princeton University is expanding its online course offerings through Kadenze, an online learning platform specifically created to support the arts and creative technologies. On this platform, Princeton Professor of Music Daniel Trueman will offer the course "Reinventing the Piano," in which students will explore a new instrument called the Prepared Digital Piano. Anyone wishing to enroll in Princeton's open online courses may do so at no charge.
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015
by Office of Communications
Even as July 4 is recognized nationwide for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the date has additional significance for the town of Princeton, which made history on that same date seven years later. On July 4, 1783, the town received a letter from the president of the Continental Congress confirming that Princeton would be the home of the U.S. government in the waning months of the American Revolutionary War.