Princeton University 2026 Campus Plan

The need for the 2026 Campus Plan



The current Campus Plan, referred to as the 2016 Campus Plan and published in 2008, is a comprehensive document that has served Princeton very well through a period of substantial campus improvement and construction. Much of the change that the 2016 Campus Plan was intended to guide is now complete or well underway. New buildings such as Frick Chemistry, Peretsman Scully Hall and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment have opened, Lakeside Graduate Apartments and Butler College are now occupied and integrated into the fabric and flow of the University, new and enhanced woodlands are lush and thriving, and the Arts and Transit neighborhood is taking shape.

As the 2016 Campus Plan points out, the Princeton campus has always been in a condition of continuing evolution. The 2026 Campus Plan will guide the next era of campus change. The University’s administration will establish strategic directions with respect to academic programs and enrollment, and will address a range of contemporary planning issues, including sustainability and resiliency, accessibility, space utilization, and many others. The 2026 Campus plan will provide a framework to guide the University as it decides how best to use campus lands to address emerging needs and opportunities.

The 10- and 30-year planning horizons

The 2026 Campus Plan is the most comprehensive campus planning project ever undertaken at Princeton University, taking into account a longer time frame and a larger geographic area than any previous plan. The 2026 Campus Plan will consider two planning horizons: a 10-year horizon to provide guidance for near-term campus change and capital planning, and a 30-year horizon to establish a broader strategy for the evolution of the Princeton campus over the next generation.

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Geographic scope: nearly all University-owned lands

This Plan will be the first to consider most University-owned lands, providing guidance for future change not only on the main campus, but also on the lands south of Lake Carnegie and Princeton’s nearby properties in Princeton, West Windsor and Plainsboro. The 2026 Campus Plan will consider the potential opportunities for these lands over the next 30 years, taking into consideration their physical relationship to the main campus and their strategic positions in the region.

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Supporting Princeton’s Strategic & Sustainability Plans

In addition to having an unusually broad physical and temporal scope, the 2026 Campus Plan is also part of the most highly integrated and coordinated institutional planning process in the University’s history. President Christopher L. Eisgruber and his administrative colleagues recognize that the concurrent need to update several critical University planning components creates a rare opportunity to plan for Princeton’s future in a comprehensive manner, resulting in a cohesive strategy for the next generation. The 2026 Campus Plan and its associated Integrated Utilities and Information Technology Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) therefore support and are coordinated with other major University planning exercises that, including the Strategic Plan and the update to the Sustainability Plan.

Extents of the 2026 Campus Plan study area

Extents of the 2026 Campus Plan study area

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The strategic planning process

President Eisgruber and the Trustees of Princeton University launched their strategic planning process in January of 2014 to identify the needs and challenges facing the University, and to create a practical and revisable framework for allocating resources and prioritizing initiatives in the years to come.

The strategic and campus planning processes are being carefully coordinated so that the 2026 Campus Plan’s guidelines for physical change will support the University’s objectives identified in the new Strategic Plan. The campus planning team regularly meets with, and receives key input from the Campus Plan Steering Committee, chaired by President Eisgruber, as well as University Trustees, and will continue to do so throughout the project.

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The update to the Sustainability Plan

The University is also in the process of updating its Sustainability Plan. The next generation of the ongoing sustainability planning will identify a sustainability vision for the University and establish priority impacts – with associated indicators and targets – that the University can affect to achieve that vision. The sustainability and campus planning processes are integrated and aligned so that they are mutually informing, with the intention that the 2026 Campus Plan will be a key tool for achieving the sustainability vision. The campus planning team is in dialogue with the Office of Sustainability and the Princeton Sustainability Committee, and is charged with contributing to the development of the sustainability vision as well as strategies for its realization.

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