College Access & Success

Princeton University believes that all high-achieving students deserve access and the opportunity to thrive at college and beyond. We do this through investments and partnerships that expand practitioner knowledge, stimulate institutional collaboration, and improve outcomes for students at Princeton and elsewhere. As a part of our commitment to college access and success, Princeton has entered into and expanded several targeted partnerships. We have also continued to strengthen and develop University programs. Below is a sampling of Princeton's efforts to support the expansion of opportunity for high-achieving, low-to-moderate income students (and traditionally underrepresented students) to access selective undergraduate and graduate education and thrive.

Princeton University Programs for Access and Inclusion

The Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity
The Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity enhances and expands Princeton University’s fundamental commitment to the college success of talented FLI students. The constellation of programs in the Emma Bloomberg Center includes the Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI); the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP); the University’s Programs for Transfer, Non-Traditional and Veterans Students; the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program; Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP); and the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP). Together, these initiatives support students to, through, and beyond their college experience by focusing on academic access, student success, and post-graduate pathways.

Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)
FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester. 

Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP)
SIFP provides all first-generation and lower-income students at Princeton with mentorship, academic enrichment and scholarly community throughout their tenure at Princeton.

College Prep Programs and Partners

Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP)
The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a rigorous, academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from local districts.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. The program welcomes 35-40 high school juniors (rising seniors) from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)
LEDA is dedicated to diversifying the national leadership pipeline by helping high-achieving students from under-resourced backgrounds gain admission to our nation’s most selective colleges and supporting their success at these institutions.  Princeton has served as the host and sponsor of the program’s Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute since the program’s founding.

AI4ALL is designed to teach artificial intelligence (AI) to high school students from underrepresented groups.  Princeton hosts and sponsors a summer program.

W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute is a leadership development organization for adolescents and secondary students from families and communities who have experienced historical barrier to achievement and opportunity.  Princeton hosts the Institute’s various programming.

Warrior-Scholar Project
Immersive one-and two-week academic workshops or “boot camps” provided free of charge to enlisted veterans and held at America’s competitive colleges and universities.  Princeton hosts and sponsors the project’s two-week summer academic workshop.

National Outreach and Engagement

American Talent Initiative (ATI)
The American Talent Initiative seeks to substantially expand access and opportunity for talented, low- and moderate-income students at the nation’s college s and universities with the highest graduation rates.  President Eisgruber is a member of ATI’s steering committee.

Council for Opportunity in Education (COE)
The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a nonprofit organization established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Pacific Island and Puerto Rico.  The program supports member organizations hosting Federal TRiO programs Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans' Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program).