Plan Details

Starting as a small academic enclave in a pastoral setting about 260 years ago, Princeton's campus has grown to span more than 500 acres today. 

To prepare for the campus' next period of growth, the University has begun a new campus planning effort that will look at the period from 2016 to 2026, with a long-term outlook as well.

The University's current construction efforts are driven by the last campus planning effort, which began in 2006 and looked ahead to 2016 and beyond and involved a thorough analysis of the 380-acre campus by a team of experts and a University steering committee, with significant involvement by stakeholders on campus and in neighboring communities. The plan was released in 2008 as a 24-page brochure, and as a 180-page book covering everything from campus history, neighborhoods and landscaping to parking and traffic. Both the brochure and book are available as PDF downloads below, and the archived website for the 2016 campus planning process also is available.

2006-2016 Plan Details

Princeton Campus Plan (brochure)

Princeton Campus Plan (book)

Chapter 1

In 2005 Princeton embarked on a major campus planning initiative, the most comprehensive in its history. It began at a critical moment when the University needed to determine how it could accommodate significant academic expansion while preserving the historic beauty and walkability of the campus.

Chapter 2

To shape the Campus Plan, Princeton had to balance the needs and desires of two interdependent communities: the University; and the neighboring Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. These groups share a mutually beneficial relationship, and sustaining strong community relations became one of this plan’s guiding principles.

Chapter 3

Princeton University has always been a dynamic institution, evolving from a two-building college in a rural town to a thriving University at the heart of a busy multifaceted community. The campus supports a living institution that must always grow in pace with new academic disciplines and changing student expectations.

Chapter 4

The Campus Plan consists of a vision for the campus of 2016, as well as a detailed framework and set of recommendations for how to get there. This chapter describes the vision, highlighting the areas of greatest transformation.

Chapter 5

This chapter presents the plan from two viewpoints — geographically and thematically — making it possible to understand the campus holistically as a family of distinct but interrelated neighborhoods with unique and shared infrastructure.

Chapter 6

In anticipation of increased power demands required by almost two million square feet of new development in the next decade, the Campus Plan recommends strategies to decrease the University's "carbon footprint." The campus will soon become "greener" through greater emphasis on sustainable building design, expanded landscaping and reforestation, increased conservation and recycling, and better water management.

Chapter 7

Princeton's continued success as a vital institution hinges on preserving its unique character while modifying the campus as necessary to meet the demands of new student populations and academic disciplines. Although this Campus Plan covers a 10-year period, the basic planning frameworks and principles it offers are flexible enough to apply well past 2016.


Acknowledgments (.pdf)

Archived Planning Site

2016 Planning websiteView the archived website for the 2016 campus planning process.