Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I be sleeping?
Each CA group will be placed at a host site within the local community where they will be working. Host sites are often at community centers, retreat centers or places of worship. You will find out about your host site at the beginning of the week of CA, when you meet your leaders. If you will need any special accommodation, please reach out to CA Program Coordinator Jane Sanchez Swain

What should I bring with me?
You will receive a comprehensive packing list for the week via email once you have been assigned to a group. Make sure you regularly check your Princeton email address during the summer. 

What if I have dietary restrictions or need special accommodations? Will I still be able to participate?
Yes, we can accommodate these needs. You will have to indicate any dietary restrictions that you might have or special accommodation that you might need on your Orientation Registration. Special accommodations may include reasons relating to medical, religious, accessibility, etc. However, if you would like to speak to a staff member directly, please contact CA Program Coordinator Jane Sanchez Swain.

How will  I be placed on/assigned to a trip?
Great question! Please visit the Orientation website or reach out to Orientation at to learn more about the trip selection process. 

How can I contact my CA Orientation Leaders?
Once you have been placed in a group, you will receive an email with the contact information for your leaders and some more details concerning your placement. They will be in touch with you and you will also be able to reach them if you need anything. 

What can I expect from the week?
In addition to getting an immersive experience and working with community partners on a variety of service 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 for about the upcoming year.