Who Attends FSI?
Students invited to FSI already have met Princeton's high admission standards and are among the most outstanding high school graduates in the country. They also usually face some combination of the following circumstances:
- They are the first in their families to go to college.
- They attended high schools that offered relatively limited opportunities for advanced course work.
- They are likely to encounter extraordinary time constraints during their first year: for example, they may need to balance several courses in science, engineering or mathematics.
Our selection process is both intensive and comprehensive. We read hundreds of admissions files, weighing each student’s experiences in high school against the specific demands of certain courses and majors (e.g., the strength of a high school’s calculus offerings versus the demands of a Princeton physics course) and also in light of the courses that we plan to offer in a given summer.
We consider factors like the academic enrichment opportunities to which students have had access; whether a student’s high school has a history of sending graduates to Princeton; and whether a student has parents or siblings who have attended college. We don’t invite students because they belong to a particular demographic group; rather, a combination of factors generally leads our selection committee to conclude that a student might be interested in attending the program, gain something from it, and, most importantly, make a meaningful contribution to our community.
Unlike pre-freshman programs at some colleges and universities, FSI is an entirely voluntary program. Our curriculum is designed to help accomplished students with diverse academic strengths and interests achieve the goals they have set for themselves and thrive in all aspects of their lives at Princeton.