Students hi-five at Opening Exercises Pre-Rade

Lifelong Connections

At Princeton I became someone I never expected to be: an accidental activist. … In 29 years, one of you will be standing here, confident that this new crop of graduates will leave the world a better place than they found it.

Jodi Picoult, Class of 1987

Best-selling novelist

Jodi Picoult, Class of 1987, speaking at Class Day
Students pose for giant selfie in front of Blair Arch during Opening Exercises

Finding Community

From the moment you move into your dorm room or participate in your first Step Sing (at left), you will be meeting classmates who could be friends for life. Our close-knit, residential campus gives students the chance to live, eat, study and socialize together, and they find community in their housing facilities, classes and their many activities outside of class.

During the special years you spend among Princeton's Gothic grounds, learning about yourself and the world around you, you'll bond with your classmates during late-night conversations after a night out or a night in the library, on road trips for games, in rehearsals for a dance or theater performance, and all the other moments that will create memories you will cherish once you leave … and that will keep you coming back.

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Alumnae Irma Martinez, Satana Deberry and Julianna Edwards reconnect at the 25th Reunion headquarters in Whitman College

Alumnae Irma Martinez, Satana Deberry and Julianna Edwards reconnect at the 25th Reunion headquarters.

Coming Back

More than 25,000 people come back to Princeton each year for Reunions, showing just how dedicated they are to reconnecting with their friends and the University. At Reunions and other events throughout the year — Alumni Day, fall football weekends, alumni conferences — the University offers a variety of intellectual, service and social activities ranging from athletic contests and arts performances to public lectures and Career Services events.

The Princeton Network

Being a Princetonian means having an expansive network to tap for personal and professional development.

Princeton's strong Alumni Association offers opportunities to to network on campus, around the world and online. Academic departments across the University also bring students and alumni together around shared interests.

David Lee at alumni reception in Nairobi

Professor David Lee meets with alumni in Kenya.

Connect Anywhere, Anytime

Princeton alumni may reconnect with Princeton through volunteering with the Alumni Schools Committee, getting involved in one of the 160 regional associations around the world, going on a Princeton Journey with professors and alumni, coming back to campus, or taking part in other programs of the Alumni Association and University offices.