Princeton University takes pride in its longstanding partnership with the communities that surround it. Through on-campus learning opportunities, joint transportation and safety programs, community service projects, and initiatives that encompass the arts, entrepreneurship, and many other areas, the University and its neighbors continue a vibrant tradition of cooperation founded on shared values, interests, and histories.
— Christopher L. Eisgruber President, Princeton University
Catalyst for Engagement
Throughout the year, you will find young children, K-12 students, adults and seniors taking advantage of educational opportunities on campus, whether through the Cotsen Children's Library, the Art Museum, the Community Auditing Program, or programs that work intensively with high school students from the region to prepare them for success in college and beyond. Students, faculty and staff give back to the community through ongoing volunteer service and donation of funds, food, furniture and equipment. The University also contributes to a strong regional infrastructure through its maintenance of local roads; network of free, sustainable transit services; volunteer, training and funding support to local public safety agencies; provision of local affordable housing; and over $16.3 million in property tax, sewer fee and permit payments, and voluntary contributions to local governments in fiscal year 2015.
Learn more about the many ways in which Princeton University currently contributes to and engages with the Princeton community.
Catalyst for Exploration
Access to world-class experts and facilities; spaces for arts education, performances and other events; a premier art museum; an inviting campus setting; and an extensive local transportation system that is free and open to the public have created an environment that attracts visitors and serves as a resource for the local community.
Off-campus spending by students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the University contributes significantly to the vitality of Princeton's regional economy. Students alone spent $59.7 million off campus in fiscal year 2015, the majority of which supported local establishments. In addition to those studying or working at the University, approximately 768,000 people visited the Princeton campus for admission visits, alumni gatherings, Commencement, lectures and conferences, athletic events, the art museum and arts performances, and other purposes. Off-campus spending by visitors from outside of Mercer County totaled $49.7 million and generated, directly and indirectly, $63.4 million in economic output across Mercer County.