Freshman Seminars

Welcome to the Freshman Seminar Program!

During your four years at Princeton you will discover new ideas, new fields of knowledge, and the adventure of learning.  There is perhaps no better way to begin your journey at Princeton than by taking a freshman seminar. Open only to members of the first-year class, the program is designed to provide students an early opportunity to experience the excitement of working closely with an instructor and a small group of fellow students on a topic of special interest. As you will see in our roster of seminar offerings, the variety of topics and faculty members involved in this program is truly extraordinary. Indeed, many of our students subsequently identify their freshman seminar as one of their most enjoyable and meaningful academic experiences at Princeton — one that enabled them to discover new intellectual passions and form enduring relationships with faculty members and fellow students.

Using our application portal, list and submit those choices before the period ends.  You may revisit the application portal in order to change your preferences as many times as necessary until the deadline.  Please note: Freshman seminars applications are NOT processed on a first-come first-served basis. All applications are processed after the deadline.



Ellen Chances Freshman Seminar Class
Ellen Chances, professor of Slavic language and literatures (center), leads a discussion in the freshman seminar “What Makes for a Meaningful Life? A Search.”
Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Freshman Seminar Spotlight - Penelope Georges's "Body Builders: Living Systems as Art Media"

This course explores the crossover collaborative of bioengineering and art, presenting the notion of bioengineering as an artistic practice. A creative portrayal has the potential to humanize this highly technical field. Advancements in the field of biotechnology are examined as potential tools to not only improve health care, but also as an art medium. The course material exposes students to organisms manipulated in an imaginative context and consider how these artistic ventures may affect public perception of emerging biomedical technologies.

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