Service to the nation is deeply ingrained in Princeton's history from its earliest days. Following the untimely deaths of Princeton's first five presidents, John Witherspoon became president in 1768 and remained in that office until his death in 1794. During his presidency, Witherspoon shifted the college's focus from training ministers to preparing a new generation for leadership in the new American nation.
For the past 80 years, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has been preparing talented men and women for careers in the service of the nation and the world. The school's programs include an undergraduate major in public and international affairs, graduate degrees in public policy and public affairs, and a one-year degree program for mid-career professionals.
Today Princeton alumni are serving the public good in many and varied ways: in all branches of government, in international agencies, as volunteers in communities and schools, and through participation in charitable or nonprofit organizations.