Fidelina Martinez (left) and Juan Leiva (right), natives of El Salvador who live in Trenton, New Jersey, help their son Gerson Leiva (center), the first in his family to go to college, get ready before the processional.

Families

Overview

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 Basics

FitzRandolph Gates looking towards Nassau Hall

Princeton has a several websites that can help introduce you to Princeton. In addition to the information below, the Office of the Dean of the College has some useful information just for families: 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.

Families Handbook 

Princeton's online Families Handbook provides an introduction to many aspects of the University, from academics and campus life to practical matters such as where to stay when visiting Princeton or how to send your student a package on campus.

Visiting Princeton

McCosh sundial on a sunny day

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.

Freshman Families Weekend

Freshman 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.

Students posing for parents at Baccalaureate

Commencement 

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.

Join the Group

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. Families can also obtain information about campus emergencies by calling the University's emergency hotline at 609-258-7700.

24-Hour Contacts 

  • 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: 609-268-3629