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

Mercer County law enforcement agencies to hold training drill on campus Aug. 9
Aug. 1, 2018
Law enforcement agencies from around Mercer County will hold training sessions and exercises on the Princeton University campus Thursday, Aug. 9.
From DNA to drama: Exploring science and arts at Princeton STEAM Camp
July 24, 2018
Thirty-two middle school students are spending the summer on the Princeton University campus exploring science and the arts through Community House STEAM Camp, a free science and arts exploration summer camp open to underrepresented middle school students in the Princeton area.
Princeton University volunteers help build Habitat for Humanity homes in Trenton
June 18, 2018
Seven families will soon be moving into new homes in Trenton, New Jersey, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton and hundreds of volunteers from across the region, including students, faculty and staff from Princeton University.
Princeton senior Tyler will receive New Jersey’s Jefferson Award for service
June 1, 2018
Princeton University senior Katie Tyler will be among the 2018 honorees for the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award. The award highlights civic engagement and volunteer service in the state. Tyler will be honored for her work with CONTACT Princeton, a branch of a national suicide and crisis hotline.
Twenty-eight Princeton students named 2018 Bogle Fellows in Civic Service
May 24, 2018
Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement has named 28 first-year students from across the world as John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service for 2018. The Bogle Fellowship offers first- year students the opportunity to develop a service or civic engagement-related project or internship and directly connect that summer experience to their academic work or career interests.