Students who are considering taking a leave of absence for fall 2020 should contact their residential college dean by August 1, 2020. Standard leave of absence policies and deadlines will continue to apply. Please be aware, however, that should an unusual number of students take a leave due to the COVID-19 crisis, we may experience housing and enrollment constraints in subsequent semesters (and years) which could impact the timing of your return to Princeton. To be clear, you may not be able to be reinstated in your preferred semester, and you may have to wait longer than you would have hoped to return to Princeton.
Everyone’s path through Princeton is unique, and if you are considering taking a leave the first thing you should do is meet with your residential college dean to talk through the options that make sense for you. Your dean will be able to explain all of the University policies about leaves, help you work out how a leave affects your academic progress to degree, and let you know about all of the resources available to students taking a break from their studies. If you are a student who receives financial aid, you should also connect with a Financial Aid officer so you fully understand the aid that will be available to you when you return.
Time Away from Princeton, Dean's Perspectives: Anne Caswell-Klein