Princeton in NJ's Service

"In the nation's service and in the service of humanity"

This informal motto of Princeton University has guided the mission of its students, alumni, faculty and staff since first proposed by then-University President Woodrow Wilson in 1896 and updated in 1986. When President Christopher L. Eisgruber asked all members of the incoming Class of 2017 to read Anthony Appiah’s “The Honor Code,” his intent was for them to think about what it means to live a successful human life, “living a life that makes you happy, and living a life that is of service to others.” From day one on campus, this principle is central to the Princeton experience, and one that begins right here in New Jersey.


Community Service News

Friday, Aug 12, 2016
Twenty years after she graduated from Princeton with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, Kate Heavers found herself back in class in a Guyot Hall laboratory. Heavers, who teaches biology, anatomy and physiology a few miles from campus at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, joined more than 20 other secondary school teachers from New Jersey schools for QUEST, a weeklong, hands-on program that helps teachers enhance their knowledge of science, math and technology.
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016
During the summer months, it’s all too easy - for kids and adults, alike - to turn into couch-zombies subservient to the next episode in our Netflix queues. But not at Community House STEAM Summer Camp. STEAM Camp aims to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, the arts and math with underrepresented middle school students in the Princeton community. And the hand-on curriculum is completely designed by Princeton undergraduates.
Monday, Jul 11, 2016
For over a decade, the Princeton Varsity Club has helped to bring Princeton varsity student-athletes, representing a variety of sports, to local elementary schools as part of Reading with the Tigers. With multiple school visits a year, Tiger student-athletes read to school children ranging in grade level from kindergarten through fifth grade. As part of the program, the Princeton Varsity Club has formed partnerships with elementary schools in Princeton and in Trenton, including, most recently, the Christopher Columbus Elementary School.
Thursday, Jun 16, 2016
Princeton residents celebrated the town's new freeB community shuttle bus. FreeB is a free, municipal shuttle service available for anyone to ride, making many stops at key locations in town and Princeton Station.
Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
Fifteen years ago, Princeton University created a center focused on supporting student service and civic engagement. Today, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement is thriving, helping Princeton students learn how to do service well and have a positive impact in the community. The Pace Center also announced the inaugural cohort of nine freshmen - including two from New Jersey -taking part in the new John C. Bogle '51 Fellows in Civic Service program, which aims to broaden students' understanding of service and inspire students to contribute to the common good by learning through service.