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Small-group Orientation Experience

Registration Process

As a part of Orientation, all first-year students will participate in a small-group experience, led by upperclass students. In these small-group experiences, you will get to know first-years outside of your residential college, engage with and learn about the values of the Princeton community, and have fun! There are a variety of settings where these small-group experiences will take place, and we are excited to place you in the setting of best fit for your interests and accommodation preferences. These experiences are integral to Orientation and are provided at no additional cost to incoming students.

Learn through adventure on an Outdoor Action (OA) trip, where building new friendships is amplified by the simplicity and camaraderie of a small group in an outdoor setting! OA provides an opportunity to learn about Princeton while exploring the outdoors through a variety of activities. Some trips camp in the backcountry, and others stay in the sidecountry at a summer camp or campground with access to facilities. Each group works together to be self-reliant and interdependent, traveling as a team, setting up camp each night, and preparing communal meals. In the evening, groups share stories and talk about campus life while gazing at the stars or sitting by a campfire.

OA  is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to try something new. There are a range of physical activity levels and no previous experience is necessary. OA trip leaders represent a cross-section of the diversity of campus; they are eager to share their experiences and knowledge of Princeton and are trained to teach first-year students all of the outdoor skills they will need.

The online registration form will be available in late May. You will need your Princeton University NetID and password in order to login to the application. 

Registration Process