Information for Coaches

Have a concern about a student-athlete?  Numerous entities on campus provide academic guidance and promote student wellness.  (See the links to the right for further resources.)

The Office of the Dean of the College is the body that oversees all aspects of the undergraduate academic experience at Princeton.  Within that office, Alec Dun is the dean in charge of academic-athletic affairs.

Each student-athlete is a member of one of Princeton's six residential colleges (Butler, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller, Whitman, or Wilson).  Each college is staffed by a dean, director of studies, and a director of student life.

  • The residential college dean oversees academic affairs and student life for the entire college community.  The dean consults regularly with residential college staff to stay informed about all student concerns, but directly advises junior and senior students.
     
  • The residential college director of studies ("DoS") is responsible for providing academic guidance to all students, but is primarily responsible for first-years and sophomores.

Both deans and directors of study support students across a range of academic issues, including course selection, major choice, add/drop and PDF questions, formal approval of course extensions for student illness or family emergencies, arrangement of tutoring and study skills consultations, and coordination of campus academic resources.

  • The residential college director of student life ("DSL") is responsible for supporting and enhancing the undergraduate residential and co-curricular experience of students of any class year who are affiliated with the college.  The DSL supports students around health and wellness issues and oversees the Residential College Adviser ("RCA") program within the college.  The DSL also upholds expectations for good citizenship through conflict resolution and the investigation and adjudication of disciplinary matters.

Student-athletes receive individual academic counsel from their academic advisers, who help them select courses, find academic support, and deal with any issues or concerns.  Over their first two years, these advisers are faculty members who are affiliated with the student's residential college.  Students also benefit by talking to peer academic advisers ("PAA"), junior and senior students in their college (many of whom are student-athletes) who are trained to offer advice on a range of academic issues from a student perspective. 

After students have selected their major, their academic adviser is a faculty member in that department.  (Each department also designates a faculty member as departmental representative, who is available for general queries about curricular issues in the department.)

Finally, student-athletes and coaches confronting academic issues can also turn to an academic-athletic fellow.  These faculty members are affiliated with particular teams and collectively serve as a student-athlete support group.  Their mission is to strengthen and reinforce the ties between a student's academic and athletic pursuits and to act as a resource for the student-athletes, coaches, academic administrators, and faculty.

Academic and Educational Resources

Numerous sources of academic support exist on campus.  Far from simply being sources of "extra help," these centers are places used by Princeton's strongest students to ensure they make the most of the University's academic offerings.

 

Student Wellness Resources

University Health Services (UHS) includes both medical and counseling and psychological services.  It is located in McCosh Health Center (McCosh).