Service & Leadership

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Princeton is known for shaping leaders who embody the University’s informal motto: “In the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity.” We connect your classroom curriculum to your passion to lead change and serve social progress. As you engage, you build skills that carry you through your Princeton experience and promote change beyond the campus.

The University’s service and leadership programs inspire you to volunteer in the community and gain practical leadership skills like confidence, assertive communication, and decision-making.

  • The Pace Center for Civic Engagement connects you with community organizations, local youth and peers, and programs where you discover new perspectives that promote change and progress.
  • The Outdoor Action Program provides leadership and character development through adventure-based experiential education and leadership training open to all students.
  • The Princeton Women's Alliance assembles a community of students and mentors that strive to promote the voices of women and gender nonconforming folks while centering conversations and actions on the ways in which gender inequalities intersect with other forms of oppression.
  • Princeton Army ROTC trains student cadets to be leaders in professions that span the globe in the military and beyond. Cadets are your peers - extraordinary students who embody the ROTC model of being a scholar, athlete, and leader.  

President Eisgruber has emphasized service and leadership themes since he launched the freshman Princeton Pre-Read: 1.) the importance of breaking down stereotypes 2.) living a meaningful life and 3.) cultural honor and leadership.

Your commitment to serving others and leading progress is nurtured before you step foot on campus and endures long after you graduate.