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

Monday, Jul 11, 2016
For over a decade, the Princeton Varsity Club has helped to bring Princeton varsity student-athletes, representing a variety of sports, to local elementary schools as part of Reading with the Tigers. With multiple school visits a year, Tiger student-athletes read to school children ranging in grade level from kindergarten through fifth grade. As part of the program, the Princeton Varsity Club has formed partnerships with elementary schools in Princeton and in Trenton, including, most recently, the Christopher Columbus Elementary School.
Thursday, Jun 16, 2016
Princeton residents celebrated the town's new freeB community shuttle bus. FreeB is a free, municipal shuttle service available for anyone to ride, making many stops at key locations in town and Princeton Station.
Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
Fifteen years ago, Princeton University created a center focused on supporting student service and civic engagement. Today, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement is thriving, helping Princeton students learn how to do service well and have a positive impact in the community. The Pace Center also announced the inaugural cohort of nine freshmen - including two from New Jersey -taking part in the new John C. Bogle '51 Fellows in Civic Service program, which aims to broaden students' understanding of service and inspire students to contribute to the common good by learning through service.
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016
Fifty seventh- and eighth-graders from John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton came to PPPL for a half day on March 4 to become scientists – doing a variety of hands-on science activities, from building a motor to sampling ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen in a cryogenics demonstration, to watching cool plasma demonstrations of lightning, static electricity and stars. They left wanting more.
Friday, Jan 22, 2016
Whether packing up donated food, working with nursery school children on a winter craft or tutoring middle school students after school, Princeton University students, staff and faculty have been busy this January engaging with the local community as a part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement's Month of Service. Themed around the idea that "community matters," the Month of Service celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 15th anniversary of the Pace Center.