Campus Plan Overview

2016-2026 Campus Plan: Princeton identifies potential sites for residential college, engineering and environmental studies

While its full campus plan framework is expected to be completed and made public in the fall, Princeton University has identified a potential site for a new undergraduate residential college and potential sites for the expansion of engineering and environmental studies.

The residential college site is south of Poe Field and east of Elm Drive. The site for engineering and environmental studies is on lands along the north side of Ivy Lane and Western Way, west of FitzRandolph Road.

The recommendations are for the general siting of new facilities, but not for specific configurations within the sites or for building designs.

Anyone wishing to comment may do so through the University's Campus Plan website or through a blog at the website of Urban Strategies Inc., the Toronto-based firm that is the University's principle consultant on the planning project.

After final decisions about siting have been made, the University will do more detailed planning, select architects and pursue the fundraising necessary to proceed with the projects.

Read the University's Campus Plan update released April 17, 2017, and for more information, read the Campus Plan FAQ.

Background on the Princeton University Campus Plan

Located in what was once a sleepy village amidst farmland in pre-Revolutionary America, Princeton University has evolved from a pair of buildings — Nassau Hall and Maclean House — to a complex, dynamic modern campus that is internationally renowned. In recent years, development of the campus was under the guidance of the 2006-2016 Campus Plan. Now, the University is developing a 2016-2026 Campus Plan. 

The plan will establish a framework to guide the evolution of the campus from 2016 through 2026, and beyond. It is being prepared with the assistance of a team of consulting designers, planners, architects, engineers and analysts. University representatives gave a status report on the plan to town of Princeton residents, council members and planning committee members on Sept. 19, 2016.

The plan will encompass most of the lands owned by the University and will consider two planning horizons: a ten-year horizon to provide detailed guidance on near-term growth and change, and a thirty-year horizon to establish a broader strategy for development of the Princeton campus over the next generation.

The planning process will conclude in 2017, and will include strategies for land use, campus design, landscape, infrastructure, sustainability, and all modes of movement and transportation.

The planning effort will examine the critical elements of a successful campus, including spaces for teaching, learning, scholarship, research, community-building, housing, socializing, athletics and recreation, the arts and culture, technology, and health, among others.

The campus plan will support the goals and priorities established by the University's strategic planning effort.