The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) welcomes visits from high school students who plan to apply to Princeton to study engineering. Although applicants apply to Princeton University rather than to SEAS and all admission decisions are made by the Undergraduate Admission Office, we provide tours for prospective students and their immediate families and happily answer questions. A proper full-day visit to Princeton includes an engineering tour, an Orange Key tour, and an Admission Office information session. We strongly recommend visits when classes are in session if at all possible in order to see the campus alive with students. The best time to visit is during the junior year of high school or the fall of senior year prior to application.
Please note that our engineering tours are intended for prospective undergraduate students visiting campus individually, along with their families. Due to the large number of prospective students and family members taking our tours, as well as the narrow hallways in the Engineering Quadrangle (E-Quad), we are unfortunately not able to accommodate large organized tour groups or groups arriving by bus.
Guided Engineering Tours
Guided engineering tours during the academic year are offered by members of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, who are juniors and seniors who are able to describe their experiences as engineering students at Princeton while providing an overview of the academic programs and facilities. Guides will begin the tour promptly at 11:15am and 2:45pm from the SEAS Undergraduate Affairs Office, room C209 in the Engineering Quadrangle (E-Quad), which is K3 on the campus map. Tours last 45 minutes to an hour and are offered Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer guided tours on weekends, during Reading Period and exams, or during breaks. Our available tour dates are online at http://www.princeton.edu/engineering/undergraduate/engineering-tours/sign-up/.
During the summer, guided engineering tours are offered from the Monday after the July 4th holiday until mid-August, given by students who are spending their summers at Princeton doing research. Guides will begin the tour promptly at 11:15am and 2:45pm from the SEAS Undergraduate Affairs Office, room C209 in the Engineering Quadrangle (E-Quad), which is K3 on the campus map. Tours last 45 minutes to an hour and are offered weekdays only, Monday through Friday. Our available tour dates are online at http://www.princeton.edu/engineering/undergraduate/engineering-tours/sign-up/.
We ask that you please complete our online registration here and follow the instructions. No email confirmation will be sent, but as long as you arrive promptly at the tour time, there will be no problem joining the tour. Please be aware that during high school vacation weeks in February and April, as well as on holidays such as Columbus Day, there is a very heavy demand for guided tours. Since Princeton students have to meet academic obligations, we do not have large numbers of guides available, so the tours during peak periods can get very large. If possible, please plan to visit outside these periods.
Please note that we are unable to store personal items such as luggage, backpacks, coats or umbrellas in the E-Quad.
Self-Led Engineering Tours
If you are unable to visit when a guided tour is offered, a self-led tour is available. No pre-registration is required. The leaflet describing the self-directed tour and its route can be picked up just outside the SEAS Dean’s Office suite on the main corridor of the C-wing, just next to the E-Quad Café. The self-led tour can be done at any time that the building is open, but we ask that you do not enter labs or offices unless invited by a member of the faculty or staff.
Please note we are unable to store personal items such as luggage, backpacks, coats or umbrellas in the E-Quad.
DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS
Detailed travel instructions to the Princeton University campus may be found at http://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/travel/.
PARKING ON CAMPUS
When visiting campus, guests are asked to use parking lots 21 or 23, which is Zone 6 (http://www.princeton.edu/transportation/Parking_Lots.pdf). There is no charge to park in either lot.
Directions to Lot 21 (East Visitor Parking-Princeton Stadium)
Heading north on Washington Road (away from Route 1), turn right onto Faculty Road. (If you are heading south on Washington Road from Nassau Street/Route 27, turn left onto Faculty Road instead.)
After passing Jadwin Gym, turn left onto FitzRandolph Road, and then take the first left turn into Lot 21.
Directions to Lot 23 (West Visitor Parking-Admission)
From Alexander Street: Turn onto Faculty Road (traffic light, gas station), and proceed to the traffic circle. Go three quarters of the way around the circle and turn right onto Elm Drive. At the next traffic circle, go three quarters of the way around and proceed to the parking lot on the left.
From Washington Road: Follow Faculty Road west (turning left if coming from Route 1; right if coming from Nassau Street) to the traffic circle. Go a quarter of the way around the circle, and turn right onto Elm Drive. At the next traffic circle, go three quarters of the way around and proceed to the parking lot on the left.
Directions to E-Quad with Metered Parking
SEAS is located on the corner of Olden Street and Prospect Street (K3 on the campus map). If you are using a GPS navigation system to find the Engineering Quadrangle (E-Quad), please enter “41 Olden Street, Princeton, NJ”.
Limited street metered parking is also available on the street in Princeton Borough, including nearby Prospect Street. We strongly recommend that you bring plenty of quarters with you, as the Princeton Borough aggressively patrols for expired meters.
CAMPUS SHUTTLE SERVICE TO E-Quad
A free campus shuttle operates from Lots 21 and 23 during weekdays until early evening. The University’s TigerTransit transportation system operates frequently, and is wheelchair accessible. Let the shuttle driver know that you’d like the “Friend Center” stop, which is located across the street from the E-Quad. Further TigerTransit information and a route map can be found at http://www.princeton.edu/transportation/tigertransit.html.
Please visit http://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/region/lodging/ for a complete listing of our area hotels.
The Nassau Inn is the only hotel within walking distance to campus. They can be reached at 609-921-7500. The Peacock Inn is a small inn in town which with has a select number of rooms. They can be reached at 609-924-1707.
Many of the hotels on Route 1 have shuttles to campus. The closest are the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, and Clarion Inn. Each of them comes highly recommended to us. Their contact information is:
Prospective students are welcome to visit engineering classes during the academic year. Classroom visits are offered on weekdays during the fall and spring semesters. When visiting a lecture, please remember to be respectful of classroom etiquette: arrive ten minutes before the class is scheduled to begin to introduce yourself to the professor and ask permission to observe their class, take a seat in the back of the lecture hall, and stay for the entire lecture so you do not disrupt the class. Our intention is to provide you with a rewarding experience that interferes minimally with normal classroom activity for our faculty and currently enrolled students.
Also, please be aware that courses are NOT available during the summertime, on weekends or academic breaks, and that some courses may be unavailable to visitors on certain days without notice due to examinations or other tests, or space limitations. If you are interested in having an engineering classroom visit, we feel that these courses will be most beneficial to prospective undergraduates. Please check back in February 2016 for the spring semester 2015-16 suggested courses.
Suggested Engineering Classes for Prospective Students
Spring 2015 - 2016
|Course||Course Title||Location||Days||Starting Time||Ending Time|
|CBE 246||Thermodynamics||Friend Center 006||M W F||10AM||10:50AM|
|CEE 262||Structures and the Urban Environment||Thomas Lab 003||M W||10AM||10:50AM|
|COS 126||General Computer Science||McCosh Hall 10||T Th||10AM||10:50AM|
|COS 126||General Computer Science||McCosh Hall 10||T Th||11AM||11:50AM|
|COS 226||Algorithms and Data Structures||McCosh Hall 10||M W||11AM||12:20PM|
|COS 333||Advanced Programming Techniques||Friend Center 101||T Th||11AM||12:20PM|
|ELE 201||Information Signals||Friend Center 008||M W F||9AM||9:50AM|
|ELE 203||Electronic Circuit Design||Friend Center 006||M W F||12:30PM||1:20PM|
|MAE 206||Introduction to Engineering Dynamics||Lewis Library 120||T Th||11AM||12:20PM|
|MAE 222||Mechanics of Fluids||Lewis Library 120||M W F||10AM||10:50AM|
|ORF 245||Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics||Friend Center 101||M W F||10AM||10:50AM|
|ORF 307||Optimization||Peyton Hall 145||T Th||1:30PM||2:50PM|
|ORF 335||Introduction to Financial Mathematics||Friend Center 006||M W||1:30PM||2:50PM|
REMEMBER TO ALSO CHECKOUT DURING YOUR CAMPUS VISIT
In addition to taking an engineering tour, a proper full-day visit to Princeton includes an Orange Key tour and an Admission Office information session. If you have any questions about these two activities, please call the Admission Office at (609) 258-3060.
Orange Key Tours
The Orange Key tour is a student-led tour of the historical and residential parts of campus. It covers different territory from the engineering tour, but important for a full picture of Princeton buildings, academics, student life, and traditions. Please visit http://www.princeton.edu/admission/visitprinceton/ and follow the links at the right for tour times and starting points. All prospective engineering applications should take an Orange Key tour in addition to the engineering tour for a complete impression of Princeton University.
Admission Office Information Session
An Admission Office information session will answer your questions about the application and admission process and financial aid. Please visit http://princeton.edu/admission/visitprinceton/ and follow links at right for times and locations.
Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions by prospective and admitted students. Each engineering department has a website with information on its undergraduate program. Please visit http://www.princeton.edu/engineering/departments/, click on the departments that interest you, and follow links to the undergraduate program. Each department has an undergraduate handbook or similar advising document which will provide detailed information on its program of study and independent work.
If you continue to have questions about the engineering program at Princeton, please contact the associate dean for undergraduate affairs, Peter Bogucki, at email@example.com. All questions about the application process, including standardized tests, and admission matters should be directed to the Undergraduate Admission Office, firstname.lastname@example.org. See http://www.princeton.edu/admission/applyingforadmission/contact_us/ for complete contact information.
Several useful pieces of information:
- We ask that all applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree submit the results of SAT subject tests in Math and either Physics OR Chemistry.
- Students interested in studying engineering in college should take as much math as their schedule permits in high school. Ideally this will include some calculus preparation, but do not neglect or forget the topics covered in algebra 2 and precalculus.
- Students interested in studying engineering at Princeton must take a math-based (e.g. using at least algebra) physics course, ideally in the junior or senior year of high school.