Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students


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The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) works to provide undergraduates with opportunities for intellectual, personal, cultural and social development that complement the rich complexity and challenging academic life of the University. We are committed to helping students develop as adults and as independent learners who can make the best use of the University’s resources to achieve their educational goals and contribute to the University community and society at large.

Who We Are

The office seeks to uphold the highest standards of good citizenship and personal behavior among Princeton students, encouraging integrity, respect and concern for others. We also strive to promote in students an understanding of different backgrounds and experiences and an appreciation for the diversity of a university community. Staff members are responsible for developing programs consonant with the academic enterprise. We offer counsel and guidance to students and encourage personal initiative. The office interprets and upholds institutional policies; assesses and adapts policies to reflect changes in campus life and broader society; and preserves a campus climate that fosters respect among all members of the University community. Additionally, the office
works collaboratively with the residential colleges and other University departments to promote and ensure the safety and well-being of our students and to cultivate within the student body a sense of community and inclusivity.

Our Impact

  • ODUS provides support for nearly 800 student-initiated events annually.
  • ODUS staff members advise over 350 student organizations each year.
  • ODUS provides support for over 1200 student-initiated events sponsored by student organizations, in addition to events and initiatives sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government and individual class governments.
  • ODUS leads Vote100, the University’s voter registration and participation initiative, in addition to numerous other ODUS-sponsored lectures, performances and community-building activities.

What We Do

  • Provide leadership development, guidance and other administrative support for student organizations, student government, class governments, Student Agencies, the Inter-Club Council and other student groups in the implementation of student-initiated programs.
  • Promulgate and uphold the community standards for behavior and good citizenship through oversight of the discipline process and development of appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate the management of student crises (medical, psychological and other emergencies) in collaboration with University Health Services and Public Safety.
  • Cultivate/oversee residential life through training and support of residential college advisers and dormitory assistants; design and implementation of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program; and management of special needs housing/dining requests.
  • Offer educational, cultural and social programming, and additional leadership and identity development opportunities through the Frist Campus Center, Campus Club and the Outdoor Action Program.
  • Support University-wide events and celebrations such as Commencement and Opening Exercises; plan and implement co-curricular aspects of the Orientation program.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of the Dean of the College and other offices from across campus to offer an orientation program that articulates important university values and introduces resources that assist students in creating an enriching and progressive path through Princeton.