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 staff work 24/7 to support on-campus community during coronavirus pandemic
April 8, 2020
From providing critical medical care to baking a birthday cupcake, Princeton staff members are dedicated to helping students who remain on campus during COVID-19.
‘Together We Serve’: Annual Giving helps launch new initiatives that serve humanity, enrich the Princeton experience
Oct. 1, 2019
Every year, Princeton alumni from every decade, along with friends of the University, come together through Annual Giving to strengthen and expand Princeton’s mission of excellence, including the University’s commitment to service to humanity.
Princeton’s Month of Service emphasizes ‘coming together’
Jan. 31, 2019
Debby Foster, Princeton’s assistant vice president for University Services, plays with magnetic tiles with 4-year-old Aiden at Princeton Nursery School. Foster was among the Princeton staff who volunteered at the nursery school during the University’s annual Month of Service. Organized by the University’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Month of Service offers staff, students, faculty and alumni the opportunity to serve together on campus and in the community. From Jan. 4 through Feb. 1, more than 275 staff, students and family members will have taken part in preparatory workshops, direct service opportunities and reflection together about their experiences.
ProCES connects service and learning at Princeton University
Dec. 13, 2018
“Spanish in the Community.” “Beginning American Sign Language.” “Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton.” “Poverty in America.” What do these classes from varied departments have in common? Community engagement is a central component of each. More than 30 service-oriented courses are offered every semester through Princeton’s Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). The program is part of the Office of the Dean of the College. It connects academics with the University’s signature commitment to service.
From the classroom to the community: Español en acción
Dec. 13, 2018
Princeton’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers several ProCES (Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship) courses, including “Spanish in the Community,” “Medical Spanish” and “Spanish for a Medical Mission in Ecuador.” These courses connect service with academic work, giving students the opportunity to participate in community service as a part of their course.