Advising & Mentoring

"The Graduate School at Princeton is distinctive in its emphasis on doctoral education, its high level of engagement between distinguished faculty and outstanding students, and its residential campus environment that fosters a community of scholars. "

– Task Force on Mentoring and Advising

Mentoring at Princeton includes formal advising on program requirements and academic work, but goes beyond that to encompass informal faculty-student interactions that help to shape graduate students’ scholarly, professional, and personal development. Strong mentoring is the foundation of our academic enterprise at the graduate level. To that end, it is important that we pay close attention to the structures around mentoring to ensure that they reinforce our educational mission and provide our graduate students the best experience possible.

Advising Resources for Students

Get the most out of your advising relationship with guidance to help you find and work with your adviser throughout your time at Princeton.

Advising Resources for Faculty

Find resources designed to inform a beneficial student-adviser relationship, including guidelines and best practices.

Task Force on Graduate Student Mentoring

Formed in 2019, the Task Force on Graduate Student Mentoring was charged with studying "the structures and practices around doctoral advising and mentoring across Princeton, to explore best practices beyond our campus, and to make specific recommendations on how we can continue to improve in this area." 

View the full task force report.