First-Year Families Weekend

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Dear Parents and Families,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Princeton University, we’re delighted to invite you to attend the Class of 2025 First-Year Families Weekend on Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3.  The weekend’s events will be held virtually, as a series of Zoom panels, webinars, open houses, and presentations about the first-year student experience.

The upcoming First-Year Families Weekend (FFW) offers us an opportunity to discuss in more depth some of the important aspects of your student’s Princeton experience and to share insights with you about the learning and community-building environment.  As your new Princetonian acclimates to their fall classes and to student life, the FFW events will tell you more about how the University helps students develop a sense of academic and social community.  FFW also provides opportunities for you to ask questions about procedures and policies.

Throughout the weekend, we’ve programmed panel discussions about the academic experience, the co-curricular experience, and students’ engagement with their residential college community.  We also invite you to explore some of Princeton’s rich academic, cultural, and recreational offerings through a range of presentations and open houses.  All panels and presentations will allow ample time for Q&A via the Zoom function.

We’ve organized the weekend for your own learning pleasure.  For instance, we suggest you make time to join some of our open houses and panel discussions with the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of International Programs, and the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship, and learn about our vibrant arts community with our student performance showcase on Saturday evening.  Events like these will give you a sense of your student’s Princeton experience this fall and the University’s commitment to creating a vibrant learning community.

Should you have questions or need further information, please contact Mary Alexander in the Office of the Dean of the College at 609-258-5522 or email

We do hope you’ll be able to join us.  Often, when this event is live on campus, parents and families are unable to attend because of work and other commitments.  One benefit of our virtual event might be that more of you will be able to access our panels and conversations.  That said, if you’re unable to attend, we will post recordings of the events on our FFW website.  If you are able to attend, we look forward to connecting with you soon.

With our best wishes,
Jill Dolan, Dean of the College
W. Rochelle Calhoun, Vice President for Campus Life