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 The information on this web page solely relates to the in-person co-curricular activities held at the traditional Du Bois Summer Institute at Princeton University. 

Weekend Activities

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute strives to promote a holistic approach to development of all participants in the program. That is why in addition to the impactful academic schedule on Monday through Thursday, students can indulge in interactive workshops, exciting field trips and free-time for fun and relaxation Friday through Sunday.

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The Institute hosts our William M. Phillips Jr. Lecture Series sponsored weekly by the Institute. Residential staff, distinguished scholars and other professionals conduct the lectures, interactive workshops and open discussions on topics that help students develop a more comprehensive and global perspective on contemporary social issues. Past workshops have been on the following topics:

  • Study Skills
  • College Preparation
  • Microaggressions
  • Cultural Identity
  • Leaving a Legacy

Field Trips

Field trips are reserved for Fridays, and are conducted both to educate and entertain our students. Past trips have included the following:

  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • NYC: College Tours + Adventure at the Pier
  • African Burial Grounds
  • Philadelphia: College Tours + Scavenger Hunts
  • Bowling


With activities ranging from exercise to shopping, students have many options to indulge in during their free time. On scheduled days, students have access to a gym on Princeton’s campus, perfect for basketball, as well as the pool, which is even better for Marco Polo. Moreover, with vast open space and greenery at Princeton, students can play soccer, Frisbee or even go on a leisurely jog. Additionally, embarking on a four-minute walk to Nassau Street, right outside of Princeton’s Campus is also a great location for students to bond, whether over frozen yogurt, a hoagie or a productive trip to the mall. Past free-time activities have included:

  • Gym/Pool
  • Soccer, Basketball, Frisbee, Volleyball, Four Square
  • Nassau Street

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