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Was anyone invited to Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)?

SidwellmomSidwellmom Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
My daughter was and I'm not sure why. I believe it's mandatory (?) and it's going to interfere with a family vacation if she accepts.

Replies to: Was anyone invited to Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI)?

  • psywarpsywar Registered User Posts: 716 Member
    edited April 2017
    @Sidwellmom if you read Princeton's FSI FAQ (https://fsi.princeton.edu/faq) you'll see that it is recommended, but not mandatory:
    We are particularly interested in providing this opportunity to students who have not yet had the chance to experience similar enrichment programs or mentorship experiences. In our holistic review of applications, we consider factors like intellectual curiosity, qualities of leadership and resiliency, the educational enrichment opportunities offered by the student’s high school, and familial educational background. While there is no simple formula for our process, Dean Gonzalez is happy to talk to you about whether and how the program might be a good fit. In the end, the decision to attend is yours to make—but we do hope that you join us!

    FSI is usually for lower income kids, who may have not been exposed to a rigorous high school environment, yet were promising enough to be admitted. It is like a jump-start to Princeton that eases the kid into a demanding college environment. The two credits earned during the program can be applied to the student's graduation requirement, so they can take less classes over the four years, this a great benefit of the program.

    Sucks to miss a vacation, but Princeton doesn't offer the program randomly and there are huge benefits to attending, both socially and academically. If your student was from Sidwell, it probably isn't an academic issue, perhaps they think your child might bring a diverse peer leadership element to the group?
  • CantigerCantiger Registered User Posts: 938 Member
    It's also offered to recruited athletes I believe (if it is the same program I am remembering) to help them make the academic adjustment and offset some of the time demands of the first year. My son was offered the opportunity to go and declined. In hindsight it would likely have helped with the massive adjustment that first semester but there aren't any serious regrets for not going.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Forum Champion Athletic Recruits Posts: 2,425 Forum Champion
    edited April 2017
    It is offered to some athletes, not all, on the same criteria laid out in @psywar's post. The only exception is I don't think it is necessarily for low income kids (one of my son's freshman roommates, a non athlete, attended and he was from a hoist toity prep school. I always assumed there was just some type of "hole" in the application materials of particular kids that merit an invite to FSI. While my son was not offered the opportunity, I know several parents of kids who were. Most if not all were very glad their sons attended. Princeton is hard, and if offered a chance to get a leg up I personally would snatch it regard,Eds of family plans.
  • psywarpsywar Registered User Posts: 716 Member
    @cantiger interesting. Of the three athletes I know, only one was invited, a football player. The fencer and track & field weren't. Maybe some sports are more demanding of a student's time?
  • CantigerCantiger Registered User Posts: 938 Member
    @psywar You may be correct that it depends on the sport. I wonder if it may also be connected to the students' choice of concentration as my son was a BSE concentrator.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Forum Champion Athletic Recruits Posts: 2,425 Forum Champion
    edited April 2017
    ^something less than half (maybe a dozen out of twenty nine kids?) of the football recruits in my son's class went through FSI.

    And sorry for the horrible typos in my previous post. I really shouldn't post from my phone, lol.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    It's very likely athletes that compete in the Fall are more likely to be invited due to the demands on their first semester. Obviously other athletes have commitments off-season but not at the same level as in-season.
  • IsmaryjIsmaryj Registered User Posts: 30 New Member
    I was today all the results came out by email
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