Taking a Leave

Once you make the decision to take a break from Princeton, the actual process of leave taking is not an onerous one. You will want to meet with your residential college dean, who will help explain the check-out process to you and ask you to complete a short checklist before moving out of your room (if you live on campus). The departure checklist includes notifying your academic department, returning library books, and canceling your housing and dining contract.  If you are a student who receives financial aid from the University, you will want to meet with a financial aid counselor before departing campus.

International students are also asked to check out with the Davis International Center.

Student-athletes also need to connect with athletic advisers prior to leaving.

Many times students need support in taking care of their health and well-being while away from campus. Your dean is happy to help you consult with your director of student life and University Health Services in connecting with those health resources. 

For students who are suspended, the process of checking out is exactly the same. A letter about your suspension penalty is sent from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

If you are a student who receives financial aid, you should also connect with a Financial Aid officer.

Your dean will also review the process to return to Princeton. Once you turn in your departure checklist, your dean will change your status and a send a formal letter to you and your family confirming your leave of absence and reminding you of the Princeton reinstatement process. Your dean will continue to be available to answer any questions you may have while on leave.


Time Away from Princeton, Dean's Perspectives: Alexis Andres



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