Princeton is well aware that these days, we get most, if not all, of our information and announcements from social media. It’s not often that I browse the English department website, but you already know that I’m up-to-date on their Instagram feed. That’s why, many Princeton academic departments, student organizations and on-campus resources have their own Instagram accounts to connect with students and the broader Princeton community. Have your phone nearby to follow, because here’s my roundup of my top Instagram accounts at Princeton!
This is the go-to for prospective Princeton applicants. The best part about this IG account is that you’ll get inside perspectives from students. You can see what a day in the life of a Princeton student looks like through IG takeovers, check out what a Princeton dorm room is like, go on a virtual walk through the town of Princeton, and meet the bloggers (me!). You’ll also get up-to-date info about admission cycles, dates, and deadlines.
One of my favorite spaces in Frist Campus Center and also one of my favorite IG accounts, is the Women*s Center. This center is a safe, supportive and collaborative space for women on campus. Their IG account posts a lot about events like study breaks to discuss reproductive rights, “Women in Academia” talks, “Feminist Friday” chats about boundary setting in relationships and so much more. And if you’re looking for a daily dose of female empowerment & inspiration, then definitely follow!
This is an IG account for the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity, which supports first-generation and lower-income (FLI) students on campus and beyond. As a first-generation student myself, this account constantly reminds me that I deserve to be here, and that I can (and will) succeed. I love the student and alumni perspectives that the account features, and you can also find out about FLI events.
The Princeton Black Student Union (BSU) has an active and lively account that you NEED to check out if you haven’t already. Meet BSU board members, learn about upcoming talks/panels such as “The COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community,” and register for upcoming events, like Game Night or Blacktivities Fair. And don’t miss out on BSU gear (click the Gear story highlight on their IG)!
If you’re curious about the religious community on campus, then scroll through the IG feed for the Office of Religious Life (ORL). Learn about weekly programs, hear from students involved in ORL programs, and check out how different religious holidays are observed and celebrated at Princeton.
The official account for Native & Indigenous students and allies at Princeton, @princetonnatives advocates for representation and recognition of their community on campus and beyond. Hear directly from students about what the Native community at Princeton is like, and never miss out on events, such as “Navigating the Ivory Tower: Native Women Activists in the Ivy League”!
Run by the Princeton Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Social Committee, this IG account is a must-follow, especially if Lawn Parties (Princeton’s fall and spring outdoor concerts) are coming up. They haven’t posted in a little while, but whenever Lawn Parties roll around, you’ll want to get updates here to find out who’s performing. The account also posts about Dean’s Date celebrations, which is when all undergraduate written work is due by 5 p.m. at the end of the semester, and then USG hosts a campus-wide event with food, music and free gear to celebrate.
Looking to get involved with or learn more about service and civic engagement at Princeton? Well, the Pace Center has its very own IG account to keep you informed. Hear directly from students who are involved with civic engagement work, register for events that discuss anything from racial justice to community and self-care, and learn about upcoming opportunities, such as applications to be a Community Action Leader, which is one of Princeton’s Orientation Programs.
Mental health, well-being and self-care are top priorities at Princeton, so scroll through the account for Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) to see what that looks like. I mostly use this account to find out about upcoming events that I want to drop in to, like the CPS Thesis/Junior Paper Support Group or the Expanding Queerness Through Food (Eating & Body Wellness Workshop).
Whether you’re interested in creative writing, dance, music, or visual arts, @princetonarts is the account to follow. Get the inside scoop on senior thesis work and performances, learn more about art classes at Princeton, and never miss out on the super cool events with world-famous authors, playwrights, dancers and more!
This is definitely one of Princeton’s most popular IG accounts, so you may already be following it, but I had to include it anyway! Check out highlights from sports teams at Princeton, follow Princeton athletes’ journeys post-college, and celebrate the history of athletics at Princeton with fun-facts and throwback photos.
The Princeton Student Events Committee (PSEC) will make sure that you’re never bored on campus and that you make time for self-care, fun, and relaxation! The IG account posts about all upcoming events so that you can get a feel for what there is to do at Princeton outside of classes. The best part about following the PSEC IG is that they often do IG Giveaways, where all you have to do is post something on your story related to the theme for a chance to win amazing prizes (Disney+ subscription, Baked by Melissa Cupcakes, Echo Dot, succulents and more!)
The IG account for Princeton’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students is one of the best! You can really get a glimpse into student life-- everything from Declaration Week (when sophomores declare their concentration in the spring), to outdoor movie nights, to voting initiatives and fall updates. ODUS focuses on developing student citizenship and leadership, so the account also features plenty of opportunities and events related to leadership on campus and beyond.
Stay up-to-date on all the latest with Princeton Dining! Hear from campus dining employees, meet Princeton chefs, and score the recipe for your favorite campus dining dishes, like Whitman's Chicken Pot Pie.
There are of course many more IG accounts at Princeton, this is only a small list. To explore other IG accounts and various student organizations check out our social media directory and a list of our student organizations.