Graduate School welcomes new Ph.D. and master's students

by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

The Graduate School welcomes nearly 650 new master's and Ph.D. students to Princeton this fall. The incoming students participated in a daylong Graduate School Orientation on Sept. 12 and enjoyed other welcome events with students, faculty, and staff this month.

"We're delighted you are here and we look forward to getting to know you," Dean of the Graduate School Sanjeev Kulkarni told students during the Orientation kick-off in Richardson Auditorium. "There are students [here] from a range of departments and programs, all of which are outstanding. This is one truly distinctive quality of the Graduate School at Princeton. The quality of programs across all the divisions is something that is unmatched by any other institution." 

University President Christopher L. Eisgruber also spoke to the new graduate students during Orientation. The day included faculty and student panels on success in graduate school, a student organizations fair, campus walking tours and a Graduate School staff open house, among other activities.  

Of the estimated 647 incoming graduate students, there are 164 master's degree candidates and 483 Ph.D. candidates spread across 42 departments and programs. Approximately 59 percent of the incoming students are from the United States and 41 percent are international students. The Graduate School has a total of approximately 2,704 degree candidates.   

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"Along with being an academic powerhouse across a broad range of disciplines, Princeton's size and feel make it a very special community," Kulkarni said to the students. "It is simultaneously both exceptional and accessible; both incomparable and inviting. You will find various communities within the Princeton community — in your department, in your housing and in your various student groups. Get involved and immerse yourselves in these various communities and in the University as a whole."

The students will have the chance to do just that at other events throughout the year, including a new series of First Year Receptions at Wyman House, where first-year graduate students can meet fellow students as well as faculty and staff from across the University.

Other activities for new and returning graduate students scheduled this month include a welcome reception hosted by the Graduate School's Diversity and Inclusion staff and an outdoor barbecue at the Graduate College.