Before You Arrive
- Explore the Path to Princeton site fully to get a sense of living and learning at Princeton.
- Read the Daily Prince and other sources to find out what Princeton academics are really like.
- Comb through Course Offerings and consider a balanced combination of classes, including seminars and lectures, and a range of topics and disciplines.
- Consider applying for a Freshman Seminar on a topic that interests you, but which you might not otherwise explore.
- Get a calendar you will really use--an electronic one like iCal or whatever works.
- Look at the Academic Calendar to get a sense of the (rapid!) flow of the semester.
- Don't stress if you feel unprepared; we'll help you figure things out when you get here.
In the First Few Weeks
- Attend the Academic Expo during Freshman Orientation.
- Attend at least one academically-oriented workshop or activity (e.g., McGraw's workshop on adjusting to Princeton).
- Go to a few departmental and certificate program open houses to get more specific information about courses and requirements.
- Get input on your course schedule from your adviser and from an upper-division student--class selection is crucial.
- Go to the Student Activities Fair, and select a small number (2-4) of extra curricular activities.
- Use the Interactive Campus Map to find routes to your classes and other destinations.
- Look ahead: once you get your syllabi, map out your due dates for all your classes.
- Budget time for sleep, exercise, and social life; you'll get more out of your transition if you do.
During Your First Semester
- Create a study group for one of your classes--they're really efficient.
- Schedule a Learning Strategy Consultation with a McGraw Consultant.
- Visit the Writing Center for help with your first big paper.
- Go to at least one of your professor's office hours to talk about something you find interesting in the course.
- Even when things are hectic, take time for recreation--this will actually make you a more successful student.
- Find at least one mentor among faculty and staff, in addition to your adviser, to meet with fairly regularly.
- Attend at least one of McGraw's workshops to prepare for your first midterms, finals, and everything in between.
- Take 20 minutes a week to reflect on your academic approach and ways you might adjust it to meet Princeton's demands.
- Look around campus for additional resources, workshops, and activities to help make a smooth transition.