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, Nov 1, 2017
The Princeton rowing teams have been active with the New Jersey Special Olympics since 2013, and the partnership they have built together has created opportunities and memories for everyone involved. Men’s heavyweight rowing coach Greg Hughes helped launch the partnership, and students are now leading the program. While staff at the Special Olympics envisioned their athletes working on machines in the boathouse, many now train on Princeton’s Lake Carnegie.
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017
Two departments have the responsibility of keeping Princeton University and the town of Princeton safe and secure — the Princeton Police Department and Princeton’s Department of Public Safety. The departments have had an ongoing and evolving partnership since Paul Ominsky, executive director of public safety, arrived at the University in 2010. The collaboration aims to provide the best possible emergency response and policing to communities — both on campus and off.
Friday, Sep 8, 2017
Orientation at Princeton University includes more than a week of activities to welcome the 1,315 first-year students of the Class of 2021. Students work together and quickly form friendships through small-group experiences in community service projects, outdoor adventures and campus workshops. 600 of these first-year students at Princeton University participated in Community Action this week at more than 120 sites in Princeton and other communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Founded 30 years ago, Community Action facilitates the transition to college by introducing first-year students to the values, expectations and resources of the inclusive Princeton community.
Monday, Aug 7, 2017
On Tuesday, August 1, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement welcomed the Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen as its first Community Partner-in-Residence. From August through October 2017, Pastor Karen will work with the Pace Center to strengthen the intersection of the wider campus and community.
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
From creating documentary films in Dallas, Texas to building health and wellness curricula for youth in Charlottesville, VA to supporting programs for previously incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles, CA, 17 first-year students are making service – in all its broad forms – an integral part of their learning at Princeton University as 2017 Bogle Fellows. One of these students is June Philippe of Irvington, NJ who is assisting HS students in Newark with the college application process. She says “as a first-generation student, I’ve noted that a lot of the information that is necessary to a successful college experience is often passed down from those who attended college in their personal networks, however for low-income and first-generation students these resources are not made readily. I’d like to change this narrative in favor of the marginalized.”