Princeton Will Offer a 'Bridge Year' to Incoming Freshmen

February 19, 2008

Princeton University is preparing to offer incoming freshmen the opportunity to spend a “bridge year” doing service work abroad before beginning college. The university has established a working group to determine details of the plan, which would send as much as 10 percent of each incoming class overseas tuition-free and with financial support.

The goals of the program are to enrich students’ international perspective, help other countries, and give students a break from academic pressures. The time abroad would be focused on service, not academic work.

The working group is to share its recommendations for the program early this summer. —Beckie Supiano