Princeton in NJ's Service

"In the nation's service and in the service of humanity"

This informal motto of Princeton University has guided the mission of its students, alumni, faculty and staff since first proposed by then-University President Woodrow Wilson in 1896 and updated in 1986. In 2016, Princeton’s informal motto was revised to “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity,” bridging phrases from Woodrow Wilson and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Class of 1976.

When President Christopher L. Eisgruber asked all members of the incoming Class of 2017 to read Anthony Appiah’s “The Honor Code,” his intent was for them to think about what it means to live a successful human life, “living a life that makes you happy, and living a life that is of service to others.” From day one on campus, this principle is central to the Princeton experience, and one that begins right here in New Jersey.


Community Service News

In pandemic, Princeton graduate students and faculty raced to create innovative protections for hospital staff
Dec. 7, 2020
When a local hospital experienced a surge in coronavirus patients last spring, it tapped Princeton University researchers for urgent solutions to help protect its healthcare workers. Since then, University labs have delivered more than 3,000 reusable face shields to hospital staff in the emergency department and other areas of Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, as well as 1,500 specialized covers for the powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) used by medical workers in high-risk environments. University labs recently received a request for another 1,000 PAPR covers.
UPDATED: Princeton University Relief Fund announces contribution to support small businesses in Princeton affected by the pandemic
Oct. 22, 2020
The University’s initial $250,000 contribution and $100,000 challenge pledge to the Princeton Small Business Resiliency Fund helped raise more than $450,000 in grant funds; new round of applications to reopen November 1.
‘Trust, inclusion, imagination’: Trenton Arts at Princeton connects and inspires
Sept. 9, 2020
In just one year, Lou Chen (center), a 2019 alumnus, has orchestrated the expansion of Trenton Youth Orchestra (TYO), which he founded his sophomore year, into Trenton Arts at Princeton — a vibrant, multifaceted service initiative offering arts outreach and orchestral, choral, dance and theater programming for dozens of middle school and high school students — with over 50 Princeton student volunteers.
Princeton Online Tutoring Network helps bridge educational gaps for K-12 students
Sept. 4, 2020
After scattering to homes across the country and around the world this spring, a growing group of Princeton students have used video conferencing not only to continue coursework and keep up social connections, but also to support the learning and development of younger students in the tri-state area.
From lab to ambulance, training pays off for EMT volunteer
July 22, 2020
As a senior research specialist at a Princeton University lab that requires precision control over dust particles in the air, Eric Mills’ training gave him a special sort of insight as he confronts the coronavirus pandemic in a very different capacity.