The Office of Career Services seeks to engage, educate and empower students as they define and pursue their future career direction. Its mission is to "help students define a unique career and life vision, and then connect them in multi-dimensional, personalized ways to the resources, people, organizations and opportunities that will enable them to make their visions a reality." The office assists undergraduate and graduate students with all aspects of career planning and decision-making including self-assessment; choice of major/career field; exploration of career-related interests; pursuit of internships and other types of employment; and application to graduate/professional school. In addition to individual counseling, the staff conducts and hosts professional development workshops and industry panels/guest speakers to prepare students with the information and skills needed to effectively pursue their post-college goals. Additional services include: self-assessment inventories; the hosting of business, law, and other graduate school admissions visits to campus; online employment listings from a wide range of corporate and nonprofit organizations as well as an on-campus recruiting program for current undergraduate and graduate students seeking fellowships, internships and permanent employment; and access to alumni through the Princeternship career exploration program, the online Alumni Careers Network and student-alumni networking events. Additional resources and guides for a variety of post-graduation options are available through the Career Services website.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides a full spectrum of mental health care and outreach services for students (and their eligible dependents) so that they may fulfill their learning goals and developmental aspirations. Such care and services are offered to our diverse community in a responsive, welcoming, and confidential setting. CPS clinicians provide support, facilitate growth and creative expression, help identify and solve problems, and enhance academic and athletic accomplishment through the alleviation of psychological and emotional distress and the development of greater self-understanding. In so doing, CPS supports the University's goal of creating conditions that promote intellectual curiosity, active citizenship, ethical leadership, and respect for differences.
CPS offers a range of confidential, time-sensitive psychological and psychiatric services that attempt to balance the unique needs of individual students with the broader demands of a diverse campus community. Service offerings include psychological evaluations; short-term psychotherapy and referrals; psychopharmacological assessment and medication follow-up; on-call services; campus psychoeducation and community consultation; and urgent care assessment and intervention. In addition to direct clinical services, CPS also seeks to promote mental health and well-being through outreach activities, partnerships, and consultations with faculty, staff, parents, and many campus agencies. CPS is part of University Health Services (UHS) and is located on the third floor of McCosh Health Center, (609) 258-3285. More information is available at the CPS website and on the CPS facebook page.
Davis International Center
Princeton welcomes students from around the globe. Currently, students from more than 95 countries are enrolled at the University. The Davis International Center (Davis IC) is the primary resource for International students and offers specialized support including immigration advising and resources to assist with cultural and practical adjustment issues. Davis IC programs and events offer opportunities to develop social connections and gather information that will help students as they settle into life at Princeton. The Davis IC also coordinates the annual international student orientation designed for first-year students from abroad. After matriculation, the staff of the Davis International Center works closely with academic advisers, the residential college staff, the Financial Aid Office, and other related University offices to continue to provide support for students as they transition into the University community. For more information, visit the Davis IC.
Office of Disability Services
Princeton University is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs for students with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) utilizes an interactive process including an intake interview to understand a student's disability and explore reasonable academic accommodations. The term "disability" may include learning, physical, sensory, psychological, medical, and certain temporary disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504), and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and entitle individuals with disabilities to reasonable accommodations. To establish that an individual requires accommodations, documentation must be submitted that confirms the existence of a specific disability and current functional limitations caused by the disability, in relation to most people. A diagnosis of a disorder or submission of documentation does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations. Documentation must meet the University's requirements, available on the ODS website, including a current evaluation conducted by a qualified professional that provides information about diagnosis and functional limitations, and supports the requested accommodation(s). The process may include a review of the documentation by an outside consultant engaged by Princeton University. All requests are reviewed on an individual basis.
Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must register with ODS (241 Frist Campus Center, 609-258-8840). Registration through self-identification is a voluntary process that is treated confidentially and may occur at any time during the student's course of study. Such students may, with the support of ODS, petition the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing for a modification of the academic regulations set forth herein.
Office of Information Technology
Princeton students are given access to a varied and powerful computing environment supported by the Office of Information Technology (OIT). The cornerstone of student computing is Dormnet, a fiber-optic-based network that brings a high-speed data connection into every undergraduate dorm room on campus; wireless service provides access to the network throughout the campus. All undergraduates residing on campus are able to take advantage of this connection to Princeton and Internet resources.
The University, working with strategic computer vendors, offers a Student Computer Initiative (SCI), a program that provides students the opportunity to purchase a specially-configured laptop computer at competitive prices. SCI computers are configured for the Princeton environment and are fully supported by OIT's support services, providing the quickest resolution to problems and warranty repair when needed.
All students can take advantage of a full range of OIT support services. The Support and Operations Center offers technology help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by telephone, online chat, and e-mail. Student Technology Consultants (STC) provide assistance in campus dorms. The Solutions Center, located in the Frist Campus Center, offers a variety of technology-related services. It includes the Tech Clinic, where students may receive in-person software and hardware support for their computers and selected mobile devices. The Tech Clinic also arranges for computer repair from the hardware repair center. Across the hall is the OIT Store, where students may purchase specially-priced software and computer accessories, and Student Telephone Services.
Students have access to many computers in more than 40 OIT-supported campus clusters. High-quality printing is also available at the clusters, and over the campus network from students' own computers. Software on cluster computers includes basic productivity tools such as word processors, special software needed for the many classes in which computing is integral to learning, and sophisticated programs for use in research, and specialized media editing software.
Each student receives a netID, an identifier that allows the use of Princeton e-mail and access to the campus network for central printing service and specialized resources such as the online library systems. Multiple high-speed connections to the Internet permit students to take full advantage of the wide range of networked resources.
Additional OIT services include support in the use of selected software packages, maintenance of the University Humanities Resource Center (HRC) and video library, and support for instructional technologies in classrooms and over the campus network. Clusters around campus provide students with access to high-speed resources, such as streaming video, for use in language and other courses.
A course management system server (Blackboard) provides a web page for every University course. OIT provides a number of information-access servers, including web servers, on which students can have their own web pages.
Foreign language and educational programming and selected cable TV channels are broadcast over the campus network to dorm rooms on a subscription basis, and to public viewing rooms, classrooms, and the Humanities Resource Center.
OIT also provides Tiger Voice, a service that unifies student voicemail and e-mail allowing students to forward Princeton calls to their mobile phones and receive voicemail in their e-mail inboxes.
For information about campus and network resources, contact OIT's Support and Operations Center at (609) 258-4357 (258-HELP) or visit the OIT website.
Survey Research Center
The Survey Research Center (SRC) is a resource for Princeton students, faculty, and administration. The center has 12 telephone interviewing stations; a library of questionnaires, books, and journals; and an advanced self-service utility for designing and managing web-based surveys and online experiments. The SRC provides guidance on study design, sampling, and project management for students who are completing senior theses, junior papers, or class projects that require collection of original survey data. SRC was established in 1992 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center's main facility is at 169 Nassau Street.
University Art Museum
With origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world's leading university art museums with collections of more than 80,000 works of art that range from ancient to contemporary art and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America. Committed to advancing Princeton's teaching and research missions, the Art Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Art Museum offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art, and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.
Special exhibitions are presented throughout the year and include many coordinated with the curriculum of the Department of Art and Archaeology. The Art Museum encourages faculty from all disciplines to take advantage of self-guided tours and other opportunities to interact directly with works from the collections. Undergraduate and graduate students can become actively involved in the Museum through internships, the student guide program, work study, and volunteer opportunities.
The Art Museum hosts weekly events ranging from lectures and exhibition openings to live music and sketching in the galleries. For a current schedule of events, please see our events calendar.
On view throughout the University campus is the John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, including works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, and Pablo Picasso. Visit the mobile-friendly website to explore the collection through interactive maps, artist biographies, and audio recordings by curators and conservators.
Princeton undergraduates have access to a world-class academic research library with millions of books, journals, manuscripts, and microforms; tens of thousands of electronic journals, digital texts, sound recordings, musical scores, DVDs, and videos; and over a thousand online databases covering all fields of human knowledge. The Library's website is a 24/7 gateway to information resources and services. More importantly, librarians are always available in person, or by phone, e-mail, or IM to help students find relevant information and reliable print or online sources among this wealth of materials.
The Princeton University Library includes a central building, the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, the Lewis Science Library, and eight other branch libraries, plus two off-campus storage facilities. Most of the humanities and social science collections are in Firestone, one of the largest open-stack libraries in the world. The Lewis Science Library consolidates research collections and expert staff for the physical, life, and behavioral sciences. Except for materials that need special protection due to rarity or fragility, books and journals in all Princeton libraries are housed on open shelves, allowing users to browse and discover sources on their own.
Staff throughout the library system, including subject specialists representing all the major academic disciplines, are available to guide students through the various phases of the library research process. Within Firestone, staff at the central reference desk provide on-the-spot help or in-depth research consultations by appointment. This major service point is the best place for beginning undergraduates to start any library project. Other areas within Firestone house periodical and reserve collections, data and statistical support services, microforms, and depository collections for New Jersey, the United States, United Nations, and European Union official documents.
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, whose holdings are available to undergraduates for their research, is also within Firestone. Among its special strengths are early printed and rare books; children's illustrated books (plus games, puzzles, and educational toys); a graphic arts collection; historic maps; prints and photographs; and the correspondence and literary manuscripts of a wide array of 19th- and 20th-century English, American, and Latin American authors. The Public Policy Papers and University Archives, located in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, include the collections of major figures and organizations devoted to 20th-century American domestic and foreign policy, as well as memorabilia and material related to University history.