Student Life

Our programs and traditions are as unique and wide-ranging as the Princeton graduate student community.

Get involved and join us for our numerous upcoming events and programs from the Student Affairs team! We have something fun happening nearly every week, all year long!

Signature Programs


This springtime tradition for grad students and families features a live DJ, free giveaways, bounce houses, endless carnival food options and plenty of games.
TigerFest festivities

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

GSAW is a week-long celebration in April, in gratitude and recognition of our incredible grad students. Events include plenty of free swag and great food for everyone!
Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Clio hall with a bright blue sky with some clouds.

Honorific Fellowship Awards

Each spring, Princeton's departments and programs nominate scholars whose work shows exceptional promise.

A group of students gathering outside socially distanced.

First-Year Receptions

These receptions bring new grad students, faculty, and staff together over delicious drinks and appetizers in the gardens of Wyman House.

A large number of students standing outside Clio hall

You've Earned Your Stripes

When grad students pass their generals, they “Earn their Stripes” and then we celebrate!

Students standing in line

Hooding and Recognition

Honor and reflect on your accomplishments at Princeton during a series of meaningful commencement events.

Students sitting outside around a fire at dusk


Celebrating the start of fall at the Graduate College! Delicious German-style foods, curated by Dining Services, along with a beer tent and bonfire pits.

Groups of students sitting outside enjoying a meal together

Residential Community BBQs

Every September, Lakeside and Lawrence Apartments Communities are treated to outdoor barbecue events.

Student Life Events and Programs

At the Graduate School, we feature a wide variety of programs nearly every week, all year. Some of our many ongoing programs include themed campfires, book clubs, and #PrincetonPlantLife events! Check out MyPrincetonU and your Tuesday newsletter from the Student Affairs team (some requiring sign-ups) to stay tuned on all of our offerings.