Frequently Asked Questions:

What is FSI?

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and/or laboratory research experiences, to engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and to work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields.  By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. 

When is the program?

In the summer of 2019, FSI will begin on July 1st (Monday) with RCA Orientation and conclude on August 31st (Saturday). 

Who is eligible to be an FSI RCA?

Preference will be given to students with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, SIFP Fellows, and rising juniors and seniors.

What is the time commitment?

During the length of the program (July 1-August 31), FSI RCAs should plan to spend approximately 20 hours per week on the following activities:

How are FSI RCAs compensated?

FSI RCAs receive air-conditioned room and board for the eight weeks of the program. In addition, they will receive a stipend of $350. RCAs may hold other jobs on and off campus during the FSI period, but must be available to participate in all-community activities, weekly required meetings and evening and weekend events.

How do I apply to be an FSI RCA?

If you are interested in the position, you may apply online at The application must be submitted on or before Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. After an initial review of applications, those candidates whose credentials and experience seem to most closely fit the needs of the program will be interviewed and decisions will be announced in mid-March. Any questions about the position or the application process should be directed to Dean Khristina Gonzalez (Director of FSI) at and Dr. Ashle Shaw (Associate Director of FSI) at

Is there an information session?

Yes. An information session will be held on Tuesday, February 12 from 4:30–6:00pm and March 1st from 12:00-1:00pm. (Location: 36 University Pl, Suite 330)

Does FSI provide housing from the program end date to the start of classes?

No, FSI does not provide housing to staff beyond the program end date of Saturday, August 31st.