Class of 2014 Welcome Letter
Dear Butler Class of 2014,
I would like to take a moment and welcome you back for your senior year at Princeton. I am sure you are looking forward to making this the most memorable year of all, and I want to make certain you are aware that I am here to help. Whether you live in Butler College or elsewhere on campus, under the four-year residential college advising model I am your Senior Class Dean and you should come to me for any academic matters that are not handled by your department. These could include advice about non-departmentals, requests for extensions, advice about life after Princeton, or anything else that is on your mind.
There are also four important reminders that I want to convey to you as you begin the semester:
1. DISTRIBUTION AREA REQUIREMENTS: Please check your degree progress report now, at the start of the year, to see where you stand with respect to the completion of distribution area requirements. As you must complete all of the requirements in order to graduate and as the spring is a bad time to discover that you need, for example, to fulfill a final ST course, take a look NOW and let me know if there appears to be a problem. Engineers who discover a problem with their BSE requirements should check with Dean Bogucki immediately.
2. SENIOR YEAR COURSE LOAD: Due to the thesis requirement, seniors have special rules governing their course load -- All A.B. seniors must complete a minimum if six courses plus a thesis. A.B. seniors may follow a 3/3 or 4/2 course pattern. B.S.E. students must complete the equivalent of four courses each term. (Please note that B.S.E. independent work counts as a course. A full-year senior thesis, e.g. in CEE, MAE, CHE, or ORFE, that is credited double in the spring may be counted as the equivalent of one course in the fall and another course in the spring.)
3. DROPPING AND ADDING COURSES: You can add/drop for the first two weeks of the term (note: you must still consult with your department about departmental courses). FOR CHANGES AFTER THE DROP/ADD PERIOD ENDS (TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH), YOU MUST BRING YOUR PROGRAM CHANGE FORM TO THE COLLEGE OFFICE TO BE REVIEWED AND SIGNED BY YOUR DEAN. Without a dean’s signature, seniors are blocked from all add/drop activity after the second week of the term.
4. THE SENIOR THESIS: I could say a lot to you on this topic, the culmination of your academic career at Princeton, but for simplicity’s sake I will boil it down to two simple directives: find a thesis adviser now if you have not already done so, and get started early. The Dean of the College Office has very helpful website on independent work. Be on the lookout for announcements about the Butler /Wilson Thesis Writing Studios later this fall. If I can help in any way, please let me know.
Finally, Remember – even if you are living in upperclass housing, you are still a Butlerite! Please feel free to contact me or come see me with any concern, and remember that you are always welcome back to Butler. We look forward to seeing you back at Wu for your two free upperclass meals per week. I look forward to meeting with you at some point the near future, and again, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Dean of Butler College
Gordon Wu Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
Fax: (609) 258-2488