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 gives $50,000 and ‘sweat equity’ to build Habitat for Humanity home in Princeton
Oct. 12, 2018
Princeton University is contributing $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity toward construction of a new home in the town’s historic Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood near campus.
Through service, first-year students get acquainted with classmates and community
Sept. 6, 2018
First-year students participating in the Community Action program as part of Princeton University’s Orientation are joining more than 100 organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania this week to assist with service projects.
Forgoing beach, NJ high school students and others spend summer studying physics
Aug. 24, 2018
While most teenagers might have been spending the hot summer months at the beach, a dedicated crew of high school students devoted the past three months conducting physics and engineering research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). 15 high school students from the New Jersey area and around the country participated in the 10-week high school internship program.
LEDA Career Institute at Princeton guides high-achieving, low-income college students on path to professional leadership
Aug. 17, 2018
A cohort of 152 rising college sophomores from under-resourced backgrounds participated in the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Career Institute, a five-day intensive designed to hone interviewing, job search and leadership skills.
Princeton program is a model for helping low-income students attend college
Aug. 16, 2018
Princeton University Preparatory Program or PUPP is a program to help high-achieving, low-income students get accepted to and succeed in college and beyond. Its comprehensive and personalized approach — an intensive three-year program during high school and continued support through college — has become a model for other college access programs.