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.

Ellen Chances Freshman Seminar Class

Ellen Chances, professor of Slavic language and literatures (center), leads a discussion in the freshman seminar “What Makes a Meaningful Life? A Search.”

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications