Dear Parents and Families,
We are delighted that your son or daughter will be affiliated with Forbes College for his/her career at Princeton. We welcome you - along with your child - to the Forbes community.
Forbes College is located at the western edge of campus, overlooking the Princeton Golf Course. Across the fields, you can see the gothic towers of the Graduate School. Of the six residential colleges, we definitely have the best views! The main building of Forbes College was originally the Princeton Inn, a hotel built during the Roaring Twenties. The spirit of an artistic and culturally rich lifestyle is palpable, and Forbes still has a bit of an “Inn” flavor. Forbes is a special place: After all, how many students go off to college, and have the good fortune to spend their freshman year living in a Resort Hotel on a golf course?
Among the residential colleges, Forbes is the furthest from the center of campus – a full 2 minutes (!) further than the next runner up. Many of us see this location as ideal: When we cross Alexander Road after a busy day of classes, Forbesians – more than their classmates at other colleges -- “go home” to the Inn.
The staff at Forbes College (http://www.princeton.edu/forbescollege/people/) has one main goal: To enhance the intellectual, cultural, and social experience of our students. We oversee a rich and stimulating program. To ensure that students participate in these programs, we have the best food on campus.
As a father of two college students (a daughter who graduated a few years ago and a son who graduated a few weeks ago), I am familiar with the mixed feelings of pride and anxiety associated with a child's going off to college. I assure you that your student is in good hands. After a brief period of transition he/she will thrive and deeply enjoy living in this College - like the 30 cohorts of Forbesians before them.
We know you have many questions and concerns about your child’s upcoming adventure, and we have done our best to anticipate them. On the Forbes website, there is a special site for parents and families: http://www.princeton.edu/forbescollege/parents-families/ with a link to Frequent Questions about Move-In and Orientation. As the term progresses, you will find links to Term-time INNformation.
You can also find information about the University, and welcome messages from President Christopher Eisgruber, Vice President Cynthia Cherry, and Dean Valerie Smith at http://path.princeton.edu/
I look forward to welcoming your son/daughter to Forbes and to greeting you during your visits to Forbes.
Michael Hecht, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Master of Forbes College