Welcome to the Graduate School at Princeton University!

Please save the following two dates for the required Graduate School Orientation: 

         Sunday, September 9, 2018

         Monday, September 10, 2018

The schedule will be available online over the summer 

Please also visit our Incoming Students website and checklist. The checklist will help you navigate what you need to complete prior to and upon arrival at Princeton University.

We are looking forward to seeing you at orientation!


  • Have you completed and submitted an I-9 form? All graduate students must provide an I-9 form to the Graduate School. If you need an I-9 form, you can access it here.
  • Are you an international student? Check out the information and resources available through the Davis International Center.


Goals for the Graduate School Orientation

The goal of our orientation program is to facilitate the transition to graduate school by introducing new graduate students to the values, expectations, and resources of an inclusive Princeton community that will be their home for the duration of their degree program.

Below are our core objectives, grouped by thematic focus.  We hope our participants will:

Intellectual Engagement and Scholarly Inquiry

  • Learn how to effectively engage and work with academic/research adviser(s);
  • Learn appropriate campus resources that support graduate student academic and scholarly work;
  • Learn about financial resources that support graduate student academic and scholarly work and their financial obligations;
  • Understand and value academic integrity in their scholarly work at Princeton and beyond.

Professional Development and Leadership

  • Understand the importance of on-going professional development from the beginning of graduate school.
  • Empower graduate students to take ownership of their professional development while learning about the variety of campus resources to support them;
  • Learn about programs, organizations, and opportunities that allow graduate students to develop leadership skills.

Community Values, Expectations and Standards

  • Learn about Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, in particular sections devoted to academic and research integrity, alcohol, controlled substances, sexual misconduct, and respect for others;
  • Understand their responsibility to protect the well-being of all members of the Princeton community;
  • Learn appropriate campus resources that help maintain Princeton’s community standards.

Inclusion and Belonging

  • Learn about student groups and organization, social and cultural opportunities, and the local area;
  • Reflect on and employ best practices for meaningful engagement with difference in our community, which  is comprised of individuals with diverse experiences of culture, race, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and nationality;
  • Learn about identity-based campus resources and offices that promote understanding and engagement across differences. 

Health and Well-being

  • Reflect on the importance of self-care and care for others;
  • Learn about campus resources that support health and well-being;

Affiliations and Traditions

  • Begin to develop their Princeton identity and sense of belonging through their affiliations with the Graduate School and the University and through affiliations within their department;
  • Begin to develop an appreciation for and critical engagement with Princeton’s history and traditions.