Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from the week?

You will have a fun and an immersive experience working with community partners on a variety of service learning projects, you will also get the opportunity to bond with your peers and gain better insight into life at Princeton through your CA Orientation Leaders. You will get to ask them questions about their own experience at Princeton and share your excitements and fears about the upcoming year.

The program begins with the CA Kick-Off on Sunday evening and all groups depart campus on Monday returning on Friday afternoon. The program officially ends with a Closing program Friday evening. See your Orientation schedule for more details.

What kind of activities will I be participating in during CA?

Each CA group lives together off-campus either in a community setting, where you’ll have direct interaction with a wide range of people and groups, or in an outdoor camp setting, which allows for hands-on experiences in nature. All students will get to actively participate in service learning projects with organizations and individuals addressing social issues. Each day, your leaders will also guide conversations, reflection activities and team building to contextualize the service learning experiences you are having as a group.

You will receive more information about your specific group schedule prior to departure from your CA Orientation Leaders.

Where will I be sleeping during the small-group experience?

All CA groups sleep indoors either in a sleeping bag on the floor or in a bunk bed. Each CA group will stay off-campus at a host site within the local community region. Host sites are often community centers, retreat centers, faith-based organizations or camps. Specifics regarding your sleeping accommodations will be shared via email prior to CA departure. Please note, all students participating in CA will need to bring a sleeping bag or linens with them for the small-group experience.

If you have had any changes to your accommodation needs since completing your Orientation registration form, please contact as soon as possible.

What should I bring with me?

You should plan to pack one small bag (preferably a duffel bag or small carry on size suitcase) along with your sleeping bag. Please note that you will not be able to access your room during the small-group experience so it will be important that you bring along any item that you may need for the week. A sample packing list will be emailed, but can also be accessed by clicking here.

What if I have dietary restrictions or need special accommodations?

If you indicated on your Orientation registration that you had a dietary, medical, religious, or other special need, the CA team has reviewed that information and taken it into consideration for your small-group experience placement. We regularly work with students who keep kosher or halaal, have allergies to nuts, gluten intolerance and other dietary preferences, or require disability accommodations.

If you have had any changes to your accommodation needs since completing your Orientation registration form, please contact as soon as possible.

When will I meet my CA Orientation Leaders and other small-group members?

At the CA Kick-off on Sunday night at Richardson Auditorium. Make sure that you check your Orientation schedule for exact time.