Dear Class of 2022,
Greetings from Forbes College! This is such a special place with many features to help you enjoy your time at Princeton. While some have noted that Forbes is the furthest college from the center of campus, it is only a 2 minute walk farther than the next closest college – and those extra minutes are absolutely worth it!! Why so? You get to live, essentially, in a resort hotel on a golf course. Have you seen the views?! The main building of Forbes College was originally the Princeton Inn, a hotel built during the Roaring Twenties, and our college still has an “Inn” flavor.
The views and ambiance are therapeutic, enhancing a feeling of home and family. Long-time Forbesians are convinced that they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Also, all of Forbes is interconnected, so it is easy to meet other Forbesians. You will live in Forbes for your first 2 years at Princeton, along with close to 500 other first-years and sophomores. Some of these Forbesians will probably be among your best friends for the rest of your life.
In addition to first-years and sophomores, we also have 18 juniors and seniors living in Forbes as Residential College Advisers (RCAs). Your RCA will live near you, and will help you navigate your home base at Forbes College, as well as your broader life at Princeton. There are also 8 Resident Graduate Students (RGSs) living here, who come from departments ranging from music and molecular biology to neuroscience and astrophysics. They were chosen from a long list of applicants, and you will find that Forbes RGSs are friendly and interactive people with a range of interesting experiences. They are eager to get to know you so please seek them out and introduce yourself!
Because Forbes is of the students and for the students, many of our social activities are organized by the students – specifically, by the Forbes College Council (FCC). This group of Forbesians arranges all kinds of fun activities; from evening study breaks, to intramural sports, to trips to New York. They are also responsible for the Forbes swag you will receive this year…. T-shirts, fun Forbes gear, etc. Members of the FCC will greet you as you arrive at Princeton. Their welcome letter (including a video-tour of the college) can be found on the Forbes Website.
Each member of the Forbes College staff has a different role, but we share the common goal of making your experience at Forbes, and at Princeton in general, as great as it can possibly be. Stop by the office to talk to us. If you don't have any questions, just stop by for chocolate.
Soon after you arrive on campus for the fall term, each of you will be assigned to either an AB academic adviser or BSE academic adviser. Your adviser is a member of the teaching faculty at Princeton and a Fellow at Forbes. During orientation, you will meet 1-on-1 with your faculty adviser for advice on course selection and academic planning.
As you can see, Forbes College has an extensive group of people -- from undergraduates to senior professors and deans -- who are here to help you settle in and get the most out of your Princeton experience. All of us look forward to meeting you in September and welcoming you and your family to Forbes. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!
Head of Forbes College
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering