Welcome back, Class of 2022!

Thursday, Sep 2, 2021

Dear Butler Class of 2022,

Welcome back for your senior year at Princeton!  Whether you were on campus last spring or not, this is an extraordinary and exciting time at Princeton. Seniors are keeping attuned to the latest COVID guidelines, reconnecting with friends and classmates, and getting ready for their final year of courses.  I am sure you are looking forward to making this the most memorable year of all, and I want to make certain you are aware that I am here to help.  Regardless of where you are living this year, under the four-year residential college advising model I am your Senior Class Dean and you should come to me for any academic matters that are not handled by your department.  These could include advice about non-departmental courses, requests for extensions, accessing resources, approvals for graduate course enrollment, advice about life after Princeton, or anything else that is on your mind. 

There are also four important reminders that I want to convey to you as you begin the semester:

1. DISTRIBUTION AREA REQUIREMENTS: Please check your degree progress report now, at the start of the year, to see where you stand with respect to the completion of distribution area requirements.   As you must complete all of the requirements in order to graduate and as the spring is a bad time to discover that you need, for example, to fulfill a final Science with Lab course, take a look NOW and let me know if there appears to be a problem.  Engineers who discover a problem with their BSE requirements should check with Dean Bogucki immediately. 

2. SENIOR YEAR COURSE LOAD:   Due to the thesis requirement, seniors have special rules governing their course loadall A.B. seniors must complete a minimum if six courses plus a thesis, regardless of the number of extra courses you may have completed prior to the start of senior year.   A.B. seniors may follow a 3/3 or 4/2 course pattern.   B.S.E. students must complete, at minimum, the equivalent of four courses each term.  (Please note that B.S.E. independent work counts as a course.   A full-year senior thesis, e.g. in CEE, MAE, CHE, or ORFE, that is credited double in the spring may be counted as the equivalent of one course in the fall and another course in the spring.)       

3. DROPPING AND ADDING COURSES:  Starting tomorrow morning at 6:30am, you can add/drop on TigerHub (https://registrar.princeton.edu/tigerhub) for the first two weeks of the term (note: you must still consult with your department about departmental courses).  FOR CHANGES AFTER THE DROP/ADD PERIOD ENDS (TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th), YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR PROGRAM CHANGE FORM TO THE COLLEGE OFFICE TO BE REVIEWED AND SIGNED BY YOUR DEAN.  Without a dean’s signature, seniors are blocked from all add/drop activity after the second week of the term.   Please note the last day to add a course is Tuesday, September 14th at 11:59pm.

4. SENIOR YEAR ACTION PLAN:  The Dean of the College website has a very helpful Senior Action Plan site (http://odoc.princeton.edu/advising/timelines-class-year/senior-action-plan) that provides great advice, gathers together online campus resources for seniors in one place, and lays out a monthly action plan for the year.   It is currently being updated to reflect the new calendar, but spend some time there, it will make senior year easier!  Also, be on the lookout for emails from me and announcements about the Butler/First thesis support for upperclassmen later this fall.  If I can help in any way, with any aspect of your senior year planning, please let me know.

Finally, remember – regardless of whether you are living in Butler or in upperclass housing, you are still a Butlerite!   I am still your dean and Joe Rolón (jrolon@princeton.edu), our amazing Director of Student Life, is still your DSL.  Please feel free to contact me or Joe and come see us with any concern, and remember that you are always welcome back to Butler.  The great Dr. Lazen is also always happy to see you, as is our wonderful Head of College, Professor Elizabeth Armstrong.   If you live in the college, we look forward to seeing you regularly in the dining hall, if you live in upperclass housing we look forward to seeing you back at Wu for your two free upperclass meals per week (program begins September 6, 2021), or at our soon-to-be-announced upperclass social hours.  I look forward to meeting with you the near future, and again, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

To make an appointment to see me, either email me directly or call our College Office Coordinator Lauren Cutrone, at the Butler College Office at 609-258-3474.

All best,

Dean Stirk