Covid-19/Coronavirus Info for Parents
We’re prepared to ensure the continuity of our work as an educational and research institution -- including our vital teaching and learning goals -- while protecting the health of our community and those beyond. We’ll continue to share guidance and resources regarding safeguarding personal health.
We need your help. We are asking that all students who are able return home for spring break and remain off campus through the end of the semester. We understand that some students may not be able to return home, and we are working hard to make sure we can support those students on campus. If they must remain, we will ensure they are as safe as possible.
We are taking these difficult steps at the recommendation of public health experts, who have indicated that the best way to decrease the rate of possible transmission is to limit in-person gatherings, especially on places like college campuses, where students live and study in close quarters. We believe that this is the right step for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and that it will help decrease the public health strain on the larger community.
Princeton is responding as the recommendations of public health experts evolve. For the latest information please visit the University's Covid-19/coronavirus information page.
Welcome, parents and families of Princeton students! We are thrilled to have your student at Princeton and to have you join our community. This is an exciting time for you, and we have resources to help ease the transition. You have many opportunities to learn about the University and to participate in campus events, particularly those that showcase Princeton's teaching and research missions.
Princeton has several websites that can help introduce you to Princeton.
Office of the Dean of the College
The Office of the Dean of the College website has some useful information just for families. The website includes a month-by-month guide to Princeton, a list of frequently asked questions, and some suggested reading.
Tiger Family Hub
Families of Princeton undergraduate students have a secure website, Tiger Family Hub, to update contact information, access pertinent University services and systems, and find other family-related resources. This site will be available to families during your student's active Princeton career.
Your Path to Princeton
If your undergraduate is attending Princeton for the first time, the best resource for information is the Your Path to Princeton website. The site offers students with an overview to the undergraduate experience and helps them forge connections before they arrive on campus. The website includes information about move-in and Orientation, important University resources, and a section for families.
We look forward to seeing you on campus at move-in, Freshman Families Weekend and Commencement and hopefully some times in between. Detailed information on getting to and around campus is available elsewhere on this website.
First-year Families Weekend
First-year Families Weekend offers us an opportunity to introduce you to some of the most important aspects of undergraduate life at Princeton. You can immerse yourself in a parallel experience of University life of open houses, lectures, and cultural and athletic events, and there are many opportunities for asking questions about procedures and policies.
Just as important as our formal program, the weekend also gives you an opportunity to spend time with your student as they share their college experience with you, introduce you to their friends and show you around our beautiful campus.
Parents and families of graduating students are invited to celebrate their students' graduation at various Commencement events. Princeton's academic calendar shows Commencement dates several years in advance, and more detailed information is available on the Commencement information website closer to the events.
Connecting With Other Families
Participate in Educational Programming
All parents are members of the Princeton Parents Association and are invited to participate in campus events. You can also participate in a range of educational programs presented by the Alumni Association. Led by senior faculty members, these programs allow families and alumni to enjoy the benefits of a Princeton education while forging friendships within the University community.
Princeton Parents Facebook Group
Families of Princeton students can connect and share information through the Princeton Parents Facebook group. The group is maintained by and for families of Princeton University students.
A variety of offices manage financial aid, fees and fundraising. More detailed information is found at the sites below.
Emergency Information & Contacts
Guidelines for Emergencies
In the event of a campus emergency, the University posts news and other official information as quickly as possible on the main University website, www.princeton.edu. Understandably, families want information about their student quickly; visiting the website is the easiest method for obtaining the most accurate information available. Many of Princeton's emergency procedures are outlined on the emergency management website.
- Public Safety: 609-258-1000
- University Health Services: 609-258-3141
Emergencies Involving Your Student
Every Princeton undergraduate is affiliated with a residential college, which has professionals who also may be able to assist students' families. In an emergency that involves a particular student, family members can contact the appropriate residential college office 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 College: 609-258-3474
- Forbes College: 609-258-6094
- Mathey College: 609-258-5717
- Rockefeller College: 609-258-3728
- Whitman College: 609-258-8900
- Wilson College: 609-258-3629