The Princeton Pre-read program, initiated by President Christopher L. Eisgruber in 2013, introduces incoming freshmen to Princeton’s intellectual life.
Members of the incoming class join together to read and discuss a book that President Eisgruber selects and sends to freshmen prior to their arrival on campus. Freshmen then participate in Pre-read discussions with student leaders during Orientation Week and with President Eisgruber in the residential colleges and elsewhere on campus over the course of the academic year. Other University community members also are encouraged to read and discuss the Pre-read selection.
The Pre-read builds upon another Princeton tradition, the Pre-rade, in which freshmen exit the Opening Exercises ceremony and march onto campus through FitzRandolph Gate to be welcomed by upperclassmen and alumni. Together, the Pre-rade and the Pre-read symbolize the rich blend of residential and scholarly life and community spirit that characterizes the Princeton experience.
The Pre-read selection for the Class of 2018 is "Meaning in Life and Why It Matters" by Susan Wolf, which is based on her Tanner Lectures on Human Values delivered at Princeton in 2007. Read more about the Class of 2018 Pre-read selection.