Welcome from the President [2019]

It is my pleasure to offer a few words of welcome to readers of the Princeton Profile. In the pages that follow, you will find a trove of information about Princeton today and a look at some of the exciting developments shaping the University’s future.

Our latest admission and enrollment statistics, for example, show that the University continues to attract more first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds — reflecting our enduring commitment to attract, enroll and support extraordinary students from all backgrounds. And thanks to the University’s exceptional financial aid program, underpinned by our endowment, students from all backgrounds can graduate without incurring debt.

You will also note our continued work toward our goal of offering a Princeton education to more students from a wide array of backgrounds while reinforcing the distinctive virtues of a Princeton education. The generous gift from Ronald O. Perelman and his daughter Debra G. Perelman ’96 to create what will become Perelman College has moved us significantly closer to the day when we can make that happen. 

Another generous gift, from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, will consolidate our computer science department under one roof in a rebuilt Guyot Hall (pictured here). This is one part of our broader effort to ensure that the University continues to provide its faculty and students with the resources and facilities they need for teaching and research of unsurpassed quality.

We are also focused on collaborations that help advance our teaching and research missions, including the Google AI Lab on Nassau Street; a collaboration with Microsoft focused on microbiology and computational modeling; and a 10-year, $6 million cooperative agreement between Celgene and the Princeton Catalysis Initiative. Such initiatives and the opportunities presented by the planned new Lake Campus will advance our efforts to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem.

I hope the Princeton Profile gives you a good sense of Princeton today and where we are headed together.

Best wishes,
Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83, president