In accordance with the University's informal motto, Princeton in the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations, there is a high spirit of volunteerism on campus. Approximately 70% of undergraduates participate in at least one community-service program during their years at Princeton.
The Student Volunteers Council (SVC) is one of Princeton's
largest student-led organizations.
SVC programs include mentoring children, tutoring prisoners,
houses, "adopting" little siblings, and visiting
the elderly. Also, each year more than 100 incoming freshmen
take part in Community Action, a week-long service project offered
prior to orientation week. For more information, please
visit the Student
In addition to the SVC, many volunteering efforts are coordinated
through the Pace Center for Community Service, dedicated in 2003.
The Pace Center is the central portal and a catalyst for community-based
experience and learning at Princeton. The center collaborates
with other University entities and forms partnerships with the
external community to coordinate and provide an exceptional array
of educational, experiential and leadership development opportunities
in service. To learn about the Pace Center and its initiatives,
please click here.
Another hub of community service at Princeton is Community House, which provides educational, cultural and recreational programs to underserved children and families in the town of Princeton. For more information about Community House, please click here.
For a listing of student-run service groups, please search the student
organizations Web site.