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

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Two years ago, Reginald Murph was in prison for the second time. Today, he is a sophomore at Rutgers University. He credits Princeton University's Prison Teaching Initiative with helping give him a second chance. The Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) offers credit-earning college courses to inmates at three New Jersey correctional facilities.
Monday, Oct 28, 2013
During Princeton University's recent Fall Breakout, dozens of students chose to use their free week to explore complex social issues such as supporting our soldiers, immigration, alternatives to incarceration, s
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
When classes end at John Witherspoon Middle School, sixth-grader Stephanie Ramirez’s day is not over.   
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
This fall, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement kicked off the Living Service Initiative by bringing students together with faculty, staff and community leaders for a week of inspiring programs and community action across New Jersey.
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
In a fast-moving fire, a moment's delay can lead to extensive property damage or even lives lost. To help prevent that, a team of Princeton University students is developing an easy-to-use database that will put information about buildings and fire conditions at fire chiefs' fingertips.