Greetings for the Class of 2017 from your Advising Deans
Greetings new Wilsonites!
As Dean, Director of Studies and Director of Student Life of Wilson College, we are pleased to welcome you to our community. You are about to begin four years filled with wonderful intellectual and social opportunities, as well as challenges, and we are looking forward to assisting you as you embark on your Princeton journey.
First we’d like to offer a few words about our respective roles in the college. Within the residential college system, the Dean and the Director of Studies oversee the academic progress of Wilson students, manage the faculty advising program, and act as your local representatives of the Office of the Dean of the College. As you move through your four years at Princeton, you will have many advisers and you will have access to many campus resources. Dr. Caswell-Klein and Dr. Axcelson will, however, retain oversight of your academic work, and you should always feel free to contact either of us with any questions or concerns you may have at any time during your tenure at Princeton. Having said this, you should know that Dr. Axcelson has special responsibility for the academic orientation and progress of the freshman class, while Dean Caswell-Klein keeps close watch over Wilson College seniors. This does not mean that all first-year concerns must go to Dr. Axcelson, but in certain cases (e.g., when you have questions about advanced placement credit or first-year tutoring) you may wish to schedule an appointment with him. It is almost always possible to consult with either one of us if the other is not available.
The Director of Student Life (DSL), Regan Crotty, works with the Residential College Advisers (RCAs) and the Wilson College Council to promote a vibrant residential experience for all students in the college. Ms. Crotty also partners closely with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, along with the RCAs and other Wilson College staff members, to assist students experiencing any personal difficulty. In addition, he works with the university and all students in upholding community standards and respect for others.
Your first days at Princeton may be a little confusing but they don’t have to be frustrating. Don’t worry – it will all be second nature in a very short time! Our advice? Try to carve out some time in between the myriad of informational meetings and social events to organize your schedule for the fall semester – and don’t forget extracurricular activities. If you find yourself in need of additional guidance there will be a lot of help around. In short order you will meet your academic adviser, and alongside him/her there are peer advisers, RCAs, and of course, us. One of the other of us will be available in the Wilson College office from July 2nd until the beginning of the semester. You may telephone us (609-258-3629) or e-mail us if you have questions or concerns. The Class of 2017 website is an excellent place to find information and advice about everything from moving in to choosing courses.
We look forward to welcoming you to Wilson College in person in September. In the meantime, enjoy your summer!
Dr. Anne Caswell-Klein, Dean
Dr. Jack Axcelson, Director of Studies
Ms. Regan Crotty, Director of Student Life