Students, families to arrive for Princeton Preview

More than 2,000 people are expected to visit campus this month for Princeton Preview, as newly admitted students arrive to sample the University’s academic, residential and social offerings.

The annual hosting program will be held Thursdays through Saturdays, April 16-18 and 23-25.

Princeton Preview was extended last year from one to two three-day sessions to accommodate greater numbers of students and family members after the University ended its binding early decision admission process. Princeton has accepted 2,150 of a record 21,964 applicants for admission to the class of 2013.

“Expanding the Princeton Preview program last year enabled us to bring more of the admitted students to campus. They saw firsthand the strengths of our academic, residential and social life at Princeton,” said Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye, whose office oversees Princeton Preview. “We look forward this year to welcoming our admitted students and their families to campus to give them a close look at the many opportunities available here. They will benefit from the guidance and insights of our community members in academic departments, residential colleges, programs and centers, whose participation contributes to the success of the Princeton Preview event.”

Admitted students will be able to sit in on classes, take campus tours and attend panel discussions with students, faculty and deans on topics such as academic and residential life, multiculturalism, and life after Princeton. Panel discussions also will be offered on opportunities available through the Study Abroad Program and the new Bridge Year Program, which launches this spring when 20 entering freshmen are selected for a pilot group to defer their enrollment and spend nine months abroad beginning this fall.

Princeton Preview participants also can attend an activities fair hosted by student organizations and clubs as well as open houses at Career Services, the Office of Health Professions Advising, the Center for Jewish Life, the Office of Religious Life and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center. They will spend the night with Princeton student hosts and attend social events in the residential colleges and elsewhere on campus.

Students and their family members will begin arriving as early as 8 a.m. each Thursday, and the program will run through 10:30 a.m. Saturday.