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

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018
Ten students at Princeton University, among them three from New Jersey, have been selected to the 2018 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship program is to provide students with the language and workplace skills needed to succeed in the public policy arena.
Thursday, Dec 21, 2017
Princeton University’s Holiday Bake-Off brought the tastes and spirit of the season to the Frist Campus Center on Dec. 13, raising $679 for the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s Community Impact Fund.
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
During Princeton University’s fall break, a cohort of undergraduates met with leaders of think tanks, philanthropies and elected officials to cultivate their capacity for citizenship and leadership on campus and to prepare them for service and success in a global society.
Friday, Nov 17, 2017
On Oct. 27, more than 900 area students visited Frick Chemistry Laboratory for the 2017 National Chemistry Week “Chemistry Rocks!” Activities Night. Children and young people ages 5 and up were invited to don safety goggles and get their hands dirty with hands-on activities, games and presentations related to the chemistry of Earth. They learned about rock-forming minerals, made slime and limestone caves, watched coal form, investigated ocean chemistry, dug for fossils, and more.
Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
Over fall break, 70 Princeton students took part in service projects through the Pace Center’s Breakout Princeton and Breakout Local programs. Teams of students worked with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and HomeFront through Princeton Local, or went to New York City, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia on student-designed trips focused on a variety of social issues.