Welcome to the Forbes Class of 2018 from the Forbes College Council!
To the Forbesians of the Class of 2018,
Congratulations on becoming the newest members of the Forbes Family! You may not have realized it yet, but you are now a part of the best residential college at Princeton.
Forbes was once a privately owned hotel called the Princeton Inn. As soon as you step foot inside, you’ll notice that it’s different than other residential colleges at Princeton.
Everything in Forbes is connected; while your friends in Wilson have to trudge through the snow to get to breakfast or the library, you’ll never have to leave the building. As a result, Forbes fosters a close-knit community and a true residential college experience. Look forward to meals in your pajamas, and dining hall staff that know you by name!
Forbes is a place to retreat to, a home away from home. There is beautiful lobby in the main entrance, hammocks in the backyard, and a breathtaking view overlooking a golf course. It is farther from campus, but you’ll soon find that it’s definitely worth the walk.
If you’re not excited yet, here are 10 more things about Forbes to brag about:
1. Two words: Sunday Brunch. People at first may make jokes about how far away Forbes is, but on Sunday mornings you’ll see them eat their words—literally. You’ll find yourself accustomed to waking up to a chocolate fountain every Sunday morning.
2. The backyard. If you love roasting marsh mellows, lounging in hammocks, and snowball fights you’ll love our backyard. Not to mention, the mouth-watering barbeques the dining staff will put on when the weather is nice.
3. The Wa— Yes, you’ll eventually start calling Wawa “The Wa”. You’ll learn to love the good food and even better prices, especially during those late nights. This November, The Wa is moving even closer to Forbes, as if we weren’t lucky enough already!
4. You’ll never have to worry about the freshman fifteen. We at Forbes own the phrase “worth the walk” because we know that it is. You’ll eventually find the most efficient ways to get everywhere on campus, and realize its not actually that far away. While other people joke about it, we get all of the benefits without gaining any weight!
5. We have an incredible dining staff. This year we had theme dinners for Forbes students only, including Seafood Night with whole lobsters, Jersey Shore Night with a live band, and a Breakfast For Champions the night before Deans Date. They not only make great food, but they also go out of their way to make meals extra special for us.
6. Forbes has rooms that are perfect for both studying and relaxing. The dining hall is great for group studying or as is the library for a more quiet setting. There’s also the Sci-fi Library, Black Box, Art Room, and Game Room (equipped with a pool table and foosball table) that double as both places to study and hangout.
7. Each semester Forbes hosts a big event. In the fall, there is the annual Casino Night. This night will remind you of Atlantic City with well-dressed Forbesians gambling for real prizes. Our spring event changes every year. Last year we had a Water Day, complete with an outdoor barbeque, inflatable waterslide, water-balloon fight, and performances.
8. Although Forbes may seem far from campus, it’s extremely close to the Dinky station, which connects Princeton to the world outside of the Orange Bubble. This makes it much easier to escape for a day trip to New York, or even to get to the airport without having to haul your luggage very far.
9. The dining hall is in the building. When the winter hits, you’ll realize how much of a blessing this is. While others need to bundle up to get food during the winter months you can just stroll down in shorts and t-shirt and not know the difference.
10. The incredible administrators in our College Office. These are the people that really help to make Forbes not only a home for every Forbesian, but help us to thrive and succeed at Princeton. They can answer any question you need, or even just be there for friendly conversation. They’ll also help make anything you want happen, whether it’s a special garden study break or Lucky Charms in the dining hall. They’ll even provide things you didn’t even know you wanted: puppy therapy, surprise gear, and free food during exam week.
We’re so excited to welcome you to our family next fall!
~Forbes College Council
P.S. If you have any questions about Forbes or any awesome ideas that the College Council could sponsor, please email us. We’d love to hear from you.
P.P.S. Also, take some time to explore the rest of the Forbes College website and like us on Facebook. It's full of useful information that can answer some of the questions you'll have about what life is like here and what you need to do before you arrive.