Princeton University 2026 Campus Plan

The consultation process

Consultation with University and community stakeholders is a central component of the 2026 Campus Plan process. The campus planning team has undertaken a broad consultation process composed of individual and small group interviews with senior University administrators, deans and senior staff in charge of key University services and departments. The campus planning team has also facilitated focus groups with Princeton graduate and undergraduate students, as well as with staff members within specific University departments. Beyond the campus, Urban Strategies has met with elected officials and senior staff members from Princeton, West Windsor, and Plainsboro, as well as officials from Mercer County. At the state level, Urban Strategies has met with representatives from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition to these consultation sessions, the campus planning team has had meetings with the following groups:

Online and interactive consultation tools

Members of the University and local communities have the opportunity to engage directly with the campus planning team and provide input into the planning process through online and social media platforms. Urban Strategies launched this  Campus Plan blog website where members of the campus community can comment, ask questions and retrieve up-to-date information throughout the duration of the campus planning process.

In April 2015, Urban Strategies launched an interactive campus mapping tool called “Campus Compass.” Developed specifically for Princeton, this mapping tool allowed users to virtually “travel” around the Princeton campus, describing how they use the campus and how they perceive it, and to share their ideas for improving it. The interactive tool was sent to University populations including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as members of the community. . The “Campus Compass” was online for a one-month period during which there was a significant response rate from each participant group. A summary of the preliminary results is available in the Campus Compass Data Summary.

The Campus Compass mapping tool asks users to identify the group to which they primarily belong. This selection reveals a set of questions that are tailored to and in some cases, unique to, the various groups.

The Campus Compass mapping tool asks users to identify the group to which they primarily belong. This selection reveals a set of questions that are tailored, to and in some cases unique between, the various groups.

The Campus Compass mapping tool asked users to identify the group to which they primarily belong. This selection included a set of questions tailored to and, in some cases, unique to the various groups.

 

The Campus Compass mapping tool asks a variety of questions that require the user to place icons on a map of the campus. Each icon allows the user to add a comment to provide further detail for each icon.

The Campus Compass mapping tool posed a variety of questions that asked the user to place icons on a map of the campus. Each icon allowed the user to add a comment to provide further detail for each icon.

Some questions ask users to draw their most common routes around campus, from place of origin to destination.

Some questions asked users to draw their most common routes around campus, from place of origin to destination.

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