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Families Handbook 2013-14

The Families Handbook provides a brief introduction to many aspects of life at Princeton, from academics, campus life and University services to practical matters such as financing a Princeton education and visiting campus. This website answers some of the most common questions that families have upon their student's arrival at the University. Please browse the site to learn about the University and the services and opportunities available to undergraduates.

In addition, the Parents and Families section of the main Princeton website contains further resources, information and updates relevant to parents and families of Princeton students.

Pre-term Calendar

Aug. 31, 2013 (Saturday). Dormitory check-in for freshmen in Community Action and Outdoor Action pre-orientation programs.

Sept. 7, 2013 (Saturday). Dormitory check-in for all other freshmen.

See Academic Calendars for a more detailed schedule from Sept. 7, 2013, through May 31, 2017.

Save the date! Freshman Families Weekend for the Class of 2017: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, 2013. More information will be posted on the website in August.

Emergency Information

In the event of a campus emergency, Princeton University posts news and other official information as promptly as possible. Understandably, families want information about their student quickly; utilizing the website, including its subscription features through RSS feeds, is the easiest method for obtaining the most accurate information available. Many of Princeton’s emergency procedures are featured on the emergency preparedness website. Families can also obtain information about campus emergencies by calling the University’s emergency hotline at 609-258-7700.

The University also keeps in touch with students during emergencies using the website, the Princeton Telephone and E-Mail Notification System (PTENS), email, Tiger TV and WPRB radio.

Every Princeton undergraduate is affiliated with a residential college, which has professionals who also may be able to assist parents. In an emergency that involves a particular student, families can contact the appropriate residential college office (see below) or the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students at 609-258-3055. After hours, the dean-on-call may be reached by calling Public Safety at 609-258-1000.

Residential College Office Main Numbers

Butler   609-258-3474
Forbes   609-258-6094
Mathey   609-258-5717
Rockefeller   609-258-3728
Whitman   609-258-8900
Wilson   609-258-3629

Keep in Mind

We welcome your comments. If you have a suggestion for making our Families Handbook more useful, please write to the editor at the Office of the Dean of the College, 409 West College, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Thank you.

Produced by the Office of the Dean of the College and Office of Communications; Shakuntala Sanyal, editor.

Copyright © 2013 by The Trustees of Princeton University

Calendars, policies, programs, regulations, requirements and all other statements in this handbook apply to the academic year 2013-14 to the best of our knowledge as of June 15, 2013. The University reserves the right to change any of its calendars, programs, requirements and services without prior notice, in accordance with established procedures.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal, state, and local laws, Princeton University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran status in any phase of its employment process, in any phase of its admission or financial aid programs, or other aspects of its educational programs or activities. The vice provost for institutional equity and diversity is the individual designated by the University to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, Section 504 and other equal opportunity and affirmative action regulations and laws. Questions or concerns regarding Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of Princeton’s equal opportunity or affirmative action programs should be directed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Princeton University, 205 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 or 609-258-6110.

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Emergency Information

In an emergency, visiting the Princeton website is the easiest method for obtaining the most accurate information available. Refer to the emergency procedures and contacts.