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Families at Princeton

Princeton Parents Association

All parents are members of the Princeton Parents Association and are invited to become involved in the life of the University by participating in campus and regional programs.

Regional Programs

Princeton regional associations welcome parents to many events throughout the year, including annual receptions for incoming freshmen and their families. Regional associations help to connect alumni and parents to one another and to the University. To locate a regional association near you, please visit the Office of the Alumni Association website or email the Regional Affairs staff at

Educational Programs

The University welcomes the participation of Princeton parents in a range of programs offered through the Office of the Alumni Association. Led by faculty members and notable alumni, these opportunities enable parents and alumni to take advantage of the educational resources of Princeton while forging friendships within the University community. Princeton Journeys features travel to diverse destinations in the company of Princeton study leaders carefully selected for their area expertise, providing participants with a truly unique and intimate learning experience. The Alumni Studies program is a home-study program that permits exploration of a particular topic or theme under the guidance of Princeton academics. Popular on-campus lecture series, such as the Fall Football Lectures, attract hundreds of participants each year, and are often videotaped and made available in the Online Lectures section of the Association's website for the enjoyment of parents, friends and alumni who live at a distance from campus.

For information about upcoming programs, sign up for the Alumni Education Newsletter, which is distributed monthly by email, by contacting the alumni education office, at or 609-258-8280. Or, sign up online.

Princeton Families News

Families receive the Princeton Families News electronically while their student is at Princeton. Each issue contains news, photos and features of interest to families. To subscribe, write to

Princeton Parents Fund

The quality of a Princeton education depends on the generous gifts made each year to Annual Giving by all members of the Princeton family — alumni, families and friends. The Parents Committee, whose members reach out to other families to ask for support, is a way for parents to become involved, meet other Princeton families and provide tangible, critical support for the University. More than 4,000 parents participated in the 2012-13 annual campaign, which raised more than $3 million for undergraduate education. To learn more about the Parents Fund, please contact the director, Betsy Grimes, at 609-258-2344 or

Special Events for Families

For most freshman families, bringing a new Princetonian to campus is their first activity at Princeton.

Special Pre-orientation Programs. Freshmen participating in Community Action and Outdoor Action arrive on campus Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013; the residential colleges host receptions for parents that afternoon.

Orientation Week begins Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

Freshman Families Weekend is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13, 2013. Families are invited to meet President Christopher L. Eisgruber and attend faculty lectures, discussions on academic, residential and campus life, and extracurricular activities. You may also tour campus facilities and attend cultural and sporting events.

Parents are encouraged to join other members of the Princeton family at Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Parents, alumni and friends are invited to register (fee required for luncheon) and participate in lectures, panel discussions and various other activities. Alumni Day offers an easy, stimulating entry into the life of the University in session.

Commencement. Parents and families of graduating seniors are, of course, invited to various Commencement events, including for the Class of 2014. Parents and families can view the Baccalaureate service on screens outside the University Chapel (Sunday, June 1, 2014); as well as attend Class Day (Monday, June 2, 2014), the Senior Prom (Monday, June 2, 2014) and Commencement itself (Tuesday, June 3, 2014).

Friends Groups

Parents are invited to join any “Friends” groups on campus, such as the Friends of the Art Museum. We invite you to become an active member of the Princeton family.

Families on Facebook

The Princeton Parents Facebook page allows families of Princeton University students to connect and share information. The site is maintained by and for parents of Princeton University students. It is not routinely monitored by Princeton University, nor does it represent the official views or policies of Princeton's Board of Trustees.