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2017 Host Institutions

Princeton University: June 16 - 23, 2017

About Princeton University

Princeton University is proud to host College Horizons this summer of 2017. As one of the founding partner colleges in 1998, we have been steadfast in our commitment. We are thrilled to welcome young Native scholars as well as our college counseling and college-based colleagues to our campus community.

We are a one-of-a-kind place: one of the top research universities in the world, with a distinctive emphasis on undergraduate education. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the nation. Princeton’s approximately 5,260 undergraduate students are part of a vibrant community of scholarship and service, and the college aims to enroll the most talented students from all parts of the world, regardless of their financial circumstances. With the lowest student to faculty ratio in the Ivy League, at 5:1, students work extensively with Princeton’s world-renowned faculty both in and outside of the classroom. The campus is known for its natural and architectural beauty, and resides in a suburban area offering students both the close-knit residential community of Princeton, New Jersey, while also providing easy access to two major metropolitan areas and a nearby international airport.

On campus, Princeton supports the Native community academically through the American Indian Studies Working Group within the Program in American Studies. Outside of the classroom students may participate in Natives at Princeton, a student organization that has recently begun the tradition of a tipi raising during our admitted students program, which recognizes the long history of Native students attending the University. Over the summer, Princeton has also hosted high school students and recent graduates from 16 Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation in Arizona as they explore key issues facing American Indian communities through the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s Summer Policy Academy. The program was co-founded and is co-directed by Regis Pecos, a member of Princeton's Class of 1977, lifetime member of the Tribal Council at Cochiti Pueblo, former chief of staff to the speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives, and former director of policy and legislative affairs for the Office of the Majority Floor Leader.

Princeton prides itself on cultivating a diverse community, with undergraduates coming from a variety of ethnic, racial, religious, socioeconomic, and ideological backgrounds. In our Class of 2020, 15 percent of the students are the first in their families to attend college and 43% self-identify as students of color. About 60% of our students receive financial aid, and for those coming from families with a household income up to $65,000, Princeton is covering the full cost of tuition and room and board. Indeed, for students from modest and low-income backgrounds, Princeton typically costs less than most state universities and community colleges thanks to our need-based aid.

Additionally, Princeton is continually working to make the University a place where everyone's perspectives are welcomed and valued, resulting in a positive and more successful future for the institution and the members of our community.

Whitman College:  July 7 - 14, 2017

About Whitman College

Whitman College is proud to partner with College Horizons in service of our shared interest in increasing access to higher education for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. We look forward to hosting the College Horizons program on campus for the fourth time, and to welcoming all participants to our picturesque corner of the Pacific Northwest.

Founded in 1882, Whitman College ranks among the top private liberal arts institutions in the nation. Our student body hails from 45 states and 30 countries. With 45 majors and an average class sizes of 15, we offer a student-faculty ratio of 9:1. Whitman College is located in Walla Walla, Washington, a town of about 30,000 nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Named as one of America’s best small towns and among the friendliest places to live, Walla Walla is famous for its sprawling wheat fields, sweet onions and mild climate.

Whitman College is a vibrant, residential learning community known for attracting students who represent the Whitman mosaic—down to earth, high achievers with diverse backgrounds and interests. Whitman students' intellectual vitality, confidence, leadership skills and adaptability make it possible for them to succeed as global citizens in an ever-changing and multicultural world. Twenty percent of our student body self-identifies as students of color.

More than 100 clubs and organizations are active on campus, including the Indigenous People’s Education and Culture Club, along with 22 musical ensembles, a nationally renowned theatre program, Division III varsity athletics and exceptional outdoor program. Whitman also offers a summer fly-in program designed to help ease the transition to college life for first-generation and working class students. Native American cultural activities are celebrated on campus and in the surrounding community, including at the nearby Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Whitman Links

Princeton Links

  • Princeton University Website
  • Princeton Undergraduate Admission and Aid
  • Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding - The Fields Center offers a variety of cultural programs that are focused on the interconnectedness of social, political and cultural issues within diverse communities. These programs uniquely integrate the theoretical and experiential aspects of cultural understanding and allow participants to develop specific cultural competencies. Cultural programs range from monthly events and speakers to special celebrations and artistic endeavors.
  • Natives at Princeton - Native Americans at Princeton (NAAP) is a student organization/support group for students comprised of Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Native Alaskan members. NAAP hosts a variety of events throughout the year, such as movie nights, study breaks, dinner discussions, and Native American Heritage Month.
  • Many Voices, One Future: An Inclusive Princeton - Many Voices, One Future: An Inclusive Princeton is a website hub, highlighting many campus initiatives related to diversity and inclusion.
  • SIFP Program - The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) provides all first-generation and low-income students at Princeton with mentorship, academic enrichment, and scholarly community throughout their time at Princeton. SIFP empowers students to successfully navigate the University’s many and ever-expanding resources, empowering them to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. SIFP Fellows are part of a larger first-generation community of peers, staff and faculty at the University. The SIFP experience is comprised of monthly mentorship group meetings, co-curricular workshops, a summer enrichment experience, and fun extracurricular activities.