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Freshmen Scholars Insitute

Freshmen Scholars Institute (FSI) is an academically rigorous, seven-week summer program for entering Princeton University students. FSI provides invited students with an early opportunity to experience Princeton's curriculum, work closely with members of our faculty from a range of academic disciplines and fields, and engage in a vibrant community of highly motivated peers.

Students invited to FSI already have met Princeton's high admission standards and are among the most outstanding high school graduates in the country. They also usually face some combination of the following circumstances: 

  • They are the first in their families to go to college.
  • They attended high schools that offered relatively limited opportunities for advanced course work. 
  • They are likely to encounter extraordinary time constraints during their first year: for example, they may need to balance several courses in science, engineering or mathematics. 

Freshman Scholars take two full, credit-bearing courses that count towards graduation requirements. In addition to academic courses, co-curricular workshops introduce students to campus resources and help them to enhance their learning strategies.