A Guide for Graduate Students, 2002-2004


About the University

University Library

The Princeton University Library (258-4820 for general information) contains approximately six million books, five million manuscripts, two million nonprint items, and tens of thousands of periodicals. There are fifteen separate libraries on campus plus two remote storage facilities for lesser-used volumes. Firestone Library is the largest of these facilities, housing research collections for most of the social sciences and humanities. With the exception of material in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and in the Mudd Manuscript Library, collections in the libraries are kept on open shelves, readily accessible to all users.

Information about the holdings in all campus libraries appears in the Main Catalog and several auxiliary databases, all of which are accessible remotely from the library's home page. This site also provides basic information such as library hours, service points, and subject specialists. The category "Databases & Reference Tools" leads to many electronic indexes and reference works to which the library subscribes. The category "Digital Collections" provides access to the full text of hundreds of scholarly journals in all disciplines, and to electronic versions of primary sources such as numeric data sets, images, and geospatial maps. The Library Handbook is a detailed brochure describing collections and services and listing the professional staff. It is revised every fall and available free of charge in all libraries.

Each person entering the Firestone Library and the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology must show a current Princeton University identification card or a library access card, available at the Access Office in the Firestone lobby (258-5737). All bags, parcels, and laptop computers are checked by security officers at the exit.

Graduate students who are found to have uncharged books in their possession are brought before the Graduate School Subcommittee on Student Life and Discipline. Generally, the penalties range from probation to suspension.

Computing and Information Technology

The facilities and services provided by the University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) are available to all University students, faculty, and staff. Within OIT, the Support Services division provides the functions most directly related to users. Central computing shared resources are housed at 87 Prospect Avenue but facilities for their use are distributed throughout the campus. These resources are used in assigned course work as well as in a variety of research projects. OIT maintains an on line collection of informative locally-written documents to help with use of the technology, and also makes available commercial computer-based learning materials related to use of popular services. OIT Help Desk staff assist with specific problems and with information regarding the services available (phone 258-HELP). University computer accounts for self-development and e-mail are made available automatically to all students and to University employees. Funds or accountability for more sophisticated or intensive central computer use are provided by academic departments and research programs, some of which also may provide supplementary or special accounts on departmental or academic-program computer systems.

Students in the Graduate College and Lawrence Apartments may subscribe to Dormnet, a fiber-optic-based network that brings a high-speed data connection to every student room in those buildings. For students who do not live in Dormnet-equipped housing, dial-in remote access is available, with a number of rate plans to meet students’ usage patterns. Although dial-in remote access is at a significantly lower bandwidth than a Dormnet connection, it provides access to the same network resources. Working with strategic computer vendors, the University supports a Student Computing Initiative (SCI), a program that provides students with the opportunity to purchase current computer hardware and software at competitive prices. The benefits of buying through the SCI are that the computers have been tested in the Princeton environment and are supported by OIT's Help Desk and hardware repair center. SCI computers arrive with specially configured networking and information access software, facilitating use of a Dormnet subscription.

OIT also maintains the University's campuswide network and gateways to the Internet, and administers the University’s central e-mail service and World Wide Web server. The campus network also provides access to specialized resources and online library systems. Information kiosks and computer clusters distributed throughout the campus and at Butler and Lawrence Apartments allow those without their own computers to access University e-mail and other networked services.

Additional OIT services include consultation on software packages, maintenance of the University Language Resource Center and video library, and support for instructional technologies in classrooms and over the campus network. OIT also provides central campus fax and document handling services; state-of-the-art professional printing services, including binding and xerography; and local telephone service and voice-mail service to the campus, including dormitory rooms. OIT manages the University ID card office, which supplies students with Princeton IDs and dorm access proximity cards.

University Art Museum

The University Art Museum's (258-3788) holdings range from ancient to contemporary art, with outstanding collections of prints, drawings, and original photographs. There is a fine collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, including early ceramics, small bronzes, and mosaics from the University’s excavations at Antioch.

Medieval Europe is represented by sculpture, painting, metalwork, and stained glass, an outstanding example of which is a stained glass window from Chartres Cathedral.

A large collection of paintings and sculpture represents the art of the Renaissance, with emphasis on the Italian school. The French school predominates in 18th- and 19th-century paintings and sculpture. American art is represented with painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Princeton has a notable collection of Chinese paintings, sculpture, bronze ceremonial vessels, and examples of the minor arts such as bronze mirrors, clay tomb figures, and an extensive collection of snuff bottles. Japanese and Indian pieces augment the Far Eastern collection. There is a superb collection of art from the pre-Columbian Americas; African and Native American art are also represented.

Placed throughout the campus is the John B. Putnam, Jr., Memorial Collection of contemporary sculpture, including works by Moore, Lipchitz, Noguchi, Picasso, and others.

Special exhibitions are presented during the year and include many that are coordinated with the curriculum of the Department of Art and Archaeology. Additional information can be obtained by calling 258-1713.

Office of Religious Life

The Office of Religious Life is responsible for the oversight of a wide range of denominational and non denominational groups on campus. It is located in Murray Dodge Hall and houses the offices of the dean as well as the associate and assistant deans. The Student Volunteers Council is also located in this building. The deans are responsible for ecumenical religious services on Sunday morning in the University Chapel and for the Hallelujah afternoon service in Murray Dodge. The Chapel Choir sings regularly under the director of chapel music who welcomes the participation of graduate students throughout the year.

The Center for Jewish Life is located on Washington Road directly across the street from Frist Campus Center. The resident rabbi is responsible for the Shabbat services as well as a wide range of programs. Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services are available. The CJL also houses the kosher dining facility which is available to all students.

The various Christian denominational chaplaincies include: Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, American Baptist, Southern Baptist, and Eastern Orthodox. In addition, the Christian non denominational groups include: Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Manna Christian Fellowship, Intervarsity, and Princeton Chinese Christian Fellowship.

Other religious groups on campus include the Unitarian-Universalist community and the Zen Buddhist meditation group. Numerous student religious organizations inclue the Baha’i Club, the Muslim Students Association, Hindu Students’ Council, Christian Science Organization, and the Latter Day Saint Student Association.

Opportunities for community involvement and social action are provided through the Student Volunteers Council, advised by the associate dean, through the 65 weekly volunteer projects and other initiatives of the SVC. All projects are open to graduate student involvement, with two projects consisting primarily of graduate student participants. To learn more about these two projects (Trenton High School: Woodrow Wilson Tutoring and Headstart) as well as the other projects of the SVC, please visit the Web site or call 258-5557.

Any graduate student interested in religious life at Princeton is invited to visit the offices of the deans on the second floor of Murray Dodge. They are readily available to explore with incoming students the commitments and concerns that they bring to their life at the University.

Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding

Previously known as the Third World Center, which was founded in 1971, (258-5494) the Fields Center is a base for a number of student organizations and provides programs to promote the cultural, intellectual, and social interests of students of color and the entire University community.

Working cooperatively with other campus groups and organizations, including the Black Graduate Caucus, the center provides a focal point and resources for the exploration of minority perspectives in many areas. The center also maintains a videotape library of more than 340 films related to ethnic, labor, women's, and international issues that support teaching programs, student research, and other educational activities within the University.

The center is located at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Olden Street.

Frist Campus Center

The world-class Frist Campus Center provides a positive learning and social environment where students, faculty, staff, and alumni can come together and build a campus community at Princeton. The facility houses a full-service post office, convenience store, a satellite branch of the University Store, game rooms and television lounges, classrooms, lecture halls and a film/performance theater, as well as offices for the International Center, Women's Center, Princeton Pride Alliance, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Graduate Student Government. Dining amenities in the Frist Campus Center include Café Vivian, a Beverage Lab serving smoothies and health drinks, and a food gallery featuring a Mongolian Grill, Villa Pizza, the Boston Market-inspired Food for Thought, and a deli serving freshly made sandwiches and wraps.

International Center

The International Center (258-5006), located in Frist Campus Center, provides a setting for sharing the special interests of the University’s international community. Working with campus organizations, community groups, and through its own programs, the center offers support and advanced Degrees assistance to international students and visiting scholars as they adjust to a new environment.

In cooperation with academic departments, residential colleges, and other offices, the center sponsors intercultural programs and provides regular forums for members of the international community to articulate their concerns and perspectives.

Women's Center

Founded in 1970, the Women's Center (258-5565), located in Frist Campus Center, provides a place for students to explore gender issues and express related concerns. In collaboration with other campus centers, academic and administrative departments, residential colleges, and student organizations, the Women’s Center offers programs on the experiences and perspectives of women involved in literature, politics, and the arts. The center also provides a number of support services for women and men who are interested in addressing questions about gender and personal identity.

Princeton Pride Alliance

The Pride Alliance (258-4522), located at 306 Aaron Burr Hall, provides advocacy and support services for members of the Princeton community on issues of sexual orientation. Founded in 1972 as a student organization, the alliance currently has a full-time staff coordinator and works to educate and promote diversity throughout the University and to establish a safe and supportive place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people at Princeton. The alliance also has a library, sponsors weekly and monthly meetings, and programs events such as Awareness Week, a film festival, Pride Week, dances, and a peer education program.

Information about policies, organizations, and services on and off campus is available on the Web site.

McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

With offices in both Frist Campus Center and Firestone Library, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning initiates and supports a wide variety of workshops and efforts to enhance teaching and learning at Princeton University. McGraw Center programs for graduate students include a two-day teaching and orientation conference for assistants in instruction, the English Language Program for non-native speakers of English, classroom observation and guided video consultations, and workshops on topics ranging from grading student work to teaching a lab science course.

Office of Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety, with headquarters in Stanhope Hall, is concerned with the safety of individuals and with the protection of property on campus. Students should not hesitate to call the proctors for help. The telephone number is 258-3333 or 911 for emergencies. The regular telephone numbers are 258-3134 and 258-3135. It also maintains a shuttle service around campus; schedules are available in Stanhope.

Career Services

The Career Services Office (258-3325), located at 201 Nassau Street, offers students assistance with nonteaching employment in business, industry, government, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Counseling services are available for career decision making and for job-hunting techniques. On-campus interviews with representatives of employers seeking advanced degree candidates are arranged for interested students each fall and spring. The office coordinates the University's Alumni Careers Network that provides career guidance and job-hunting assistance to students. The Career Services Reading Room contains the campus's central collection of domestic and foreign graduate school catalogs; information on postdoctoral fellowships and financial aid; information on many businesses, industries, and government agencies; notices of permanent and summer jobs; and books and pamphlets describing many occupations.

Friend Center for Engineering Education

Dedicated in September 2001, the Friend Center houses a multi-tiered engineering library, easily reconfigured high-tech classrooms and computer clusters, videoconferencing facilities, a spacious convocation hall, and a 250-seat auditorium outfitted with the latest in audiovisual technology.

Program in Continuing Education

The Program in Continuing Education admits qualified area residents and members of the University community to regularly scheduled undergraduate and graduate courses, but not into a Princeton University degree program. Individuals enroll for many reasons: to prepare for graduate or professional school, often in fields other than their undergraduate major; to change careers or to catch up with recent developments in their current occupations; to satisfy personal intellectual interests; and to research and write in a stimulating environment.

Admission is selective, based on academic and nonacademic experience and the intended plan of study. Continuing education students participate fully in class and receive a transcript of grades for completed courses. Contact the office for application deadlines.

Further information is available from the Office of Continuing Education, Nassau Hall (258-0202).

Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni

The APGA looks forward to welcoming you to its ranks. Any person who enrolls as a regular or visiting student in the Graduate School and completes at least one term of full-time work becomes an alumnus/a of Princeton upon departure and a member of the APGA. The APGA sponsors activities of interest to graduate students as well as alumni. It provides summer travel grants, recognizes outstanding graduate student teachers, hosts receptions, supports career mentoring programs, and plans the annual graduate alumni Reunion activities. Graduate students are invited to work with the graduate alumni on the APGA Governing Board by serving on any of its various committees. For more information, contact the APGA at 114 Aaron Burr Hall,, 258-APGA, or via the Web.

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