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, Oct 30, 2015
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.
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015
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 17, 2015
The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a tuition-free academic and cultural enrichment program, has been helping prepare high-achieving, low-income high school students for college success for nearly 15 years. PUPP selects 24 students each year in the spring of ninth grade to participate in its comprehensive, three-year college preparation program. The program, founded in 2001 by Princeton's Program in Teacher Preparation, serves partner public high schools in the New Jersey cities of Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence, Princeton and Trenton. Ask PUPP scholars and alumni what the program means to them, though, and they say its impact goes well beyond a college admission letter or even a college diploma.
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015
Riding roller coasters. Racing homemade canoes. Cooking s'mores on a sunny afternoon. At Princeton University's Community House STEAM Camp, typical summer camp activities are actually science lessons. More than 40 middle school students attended STEAM Camp this summer from June 29 to July 31. The camp was expanded this year from STEM to STEAM, integrating arts into the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.
Monday, Jun 22, 2015
Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from leadership and entrepreneurship to computer science, music and journalism.