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

University Volunteer Firefighters Help Campus and Community
Jan. 3, 2013

When the local fire department responded to Princeton University's Frick Chemistry Laboratory last spring, they found Michael Kervan on scene ready to help. Kervan is both a member of the University's volunteer firefighter program and a senior maintenance mechanic in Frick Laboratory.

I was able to help other firefighters quickly navigate…

Princeton Students Among Top First Responders
Jan. 1, 2013

The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad celebrated their volunteer corps at their annual installation and awards dinner on January 19th. This large group of dedicated and selfless volunteers provides the emergency response that the University community relies on in times of medical crisis.

The camaraderie and dedication of this group…

Video Feature: "Devising Theater With Youth"
Dec. 6, 2012

The Princeton University Program in Theater, in partnership with Community House and the Community-Based…