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, Jun 1, 2018
Princeton University senior Katie Tyler will be among the 2018 honorees for the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award. The award highlights civic engagement and volunteer service in the state. Tyler will be honored for her work with CONTACT Princeton, a branch of a national suicide and crisis hotline.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement has named 28 first-year students from across the world as John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service for 2018. The Bogle Fellowship offers first- year students the opportunity to develop a service or civic engagement-related project or internship and directly connect that summer experience to their academic work or career interests.
Friday, May 11, 2018
United Way officials and Princeton University representatives gathered April 23 on campus to acknowledge the $128,998 raised for the United Way in this year’s campaign.
Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
The Service Focus program will bring undergraduates together to explore the meaning of service and its place in their lives during an intensive yearlong experience. Students will participate from spring of their first year to spring of sophomore year. Service Focus builds on the University’s commitment to service and civic engagement. The program consists of a funded summer service internship; service-related courses; and opportunities for students to engage with faculty and peers to learn what it means to be “in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.”
Thursday, Apr 5, 2018
Over spring break, more than 100 Princeton students explored critical social issues such as immigration, land use and gun violence in communities across the U.S. and on campus through Breakout Princeton and Breakout Local with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.