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Families at Princeton

Families at Princeton

College is not only a major transition for students, but also for their families. We hope you will consult the Families page on the Path to Princeton website to learn more about this important transition. In addition, the Parents and Families section of the main Princeton website contains further information and updates relevant to families of Princeton students. There are also various ways that you can connect with other Princeton families and the broader University community throughout the year. 

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, 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.

Academic content from a variety of on-campus alumni events are archived on the Online Lectures section of the Alumni Association's website for the enjoyment of parents, friends and alumni who live at a distance from campus. Theme-based collections of these lectures, and more University-wide content, can be downloaded onto your mobile device through Princeton’s iTunesU channel. And from time to time, selected on-campus alumni programming is webcast live.

For information about upcoming programs, sign up online for the electronic Alumni Education Newsletter or email the Alumni Education Office at

Princeton Families News

Princeton Families News is sent electronically to families of current Princeton undergraduates, often twice an academic year. Each issue contains news, photos and features of interest to families. Parents of current undergraduates should be automatically subscribed to receive the newsletter.

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, parents 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 3,500 parents participated in the 2015-16 annual giving campaign, which raised more than $2.8 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 student to campus is their first activity at Princeton.

Arrival on campus. First-year students are expected to arrive on campus Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The residential colleges host receptions for parents and a general welcome for families.

Orientation for first-year students will take place Sept. 3-Sept. 13, 2016. 

Freshman Families Weekend is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16, 2016. Families are invited to meet President Christopher L. Eisgruber, attend faculty lectures, and attend discussions on academic, residential and campus life, and extracurricular activities. You may also tour campus facilities and attend cultural and sporting events.

Alumni Day is a mid-winter celebration held in February. Families are encouraged to join other members of the Princeton family at the annual event. Families are invited to register (fee required for the day) and participate in lectures, panel discussions and various other activities. Alumni Day offers a stimulating way to participate in the life of the University while it is in session.

Commencement. Parents and families of graduating seniors are, of course, invited to various Commencement events. For the Class of 2017, families can view the Baccalaureate service on screens outside the University Chapel (Sunday, June 4, 2017); as well as attend Class Day (Monday, June 5, 2017), and Commencement itself (Tuesday, June 6, 2017).

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 group allows families of Princeton University students to connect and share information. The group is maintained by and for parents of Princeton University students. It does not represent the official views or policies of Princeton’s Board of Trustees.