Princeton Pre-read

The Princeton Pre-read program, initiated by President Eisgruber in 2013, introduces new students to Princeton’s vibrant intellectual life. Members of the incoming class join together to read and discuss a book that President Eisgruber selects and sends to new students prior to their arrival on campus. First year students then participate in Pre-read discussions with student leaders during Orientation Week and with President Eisgruber over the course of the academic year.


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2023 Pre-read

2022 Pre-read

President Eisgruber's Princeton Pre-read selection for the Class of 2026 is “Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena” by Jordan Salama, a graduate of Princeton’s Class of 2019. The book is based on Salama’s senior thesis, in which he recounts his experiences as he traveled along the Magdalena River in Colombia describing the people he met and the cultures he encountered during his travels with a distinctive warmth and empathy. President Eisgruber hopes that “Every Day the River Changes” will inspire students “to think imaginatively and creatively about what you might do with your time at Princeton.”

2021 Pre-read

2020 Pre-read

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