Information for New Appointees

We are excited about your new appointment at Princeton! The following contains important information for new appointees who are joining the Princeton community (a printable PDF is also available).


First, contact your home department to let them know of your arrival and to receive any information they may have for your (contact information for departments can be found here).

While under normal circumstances you would need to visit the following offices listed below in person to complete your sign-up, due to COVID most of the following can only be done virtually.

1. Employment Eligibility Form:  As required by law, employees working in the United States are required to complete the I-9 process at the time of hire, rehire, or when their work authorization documents expire.  New employees are required to complete the I-9 within three days of their start date. 

 Human Resources representatives will be available on campus in early September to conduct the I-9 process for all employees (casuals, staff, DOF appointees):

Thursday, September 1: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Friday, September 2: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Tuesday, September 6: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Thursday, September 8: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Appointments are strongly recommended.  Click here to make an appointment.

Location: New South, room B10 (basement)

Hours for the remainder of the semester are by appointment only, normally on Monday and Thursday mornings at New South, room B10.

Employees were sent instructions (princeton.edu email) to complete the personal information (section 1) of I-9 in the Tracker online I-9 system along with the details to present their documentation to HR.  Employees residing within the tri-state region (NJ, PA, NY) are required to complete the I-9 in person. Those who are approved to work fully remote outside of the region, may contact careers@princeton.edu to make alternate arrangements.

2. Benefits Information Session – Virtual

All incoming benefits eligible new employees (DOF and Staff) are invited to attend a special webinar about Princeton University benefits.   See the attached flyer for dates and registration.  Contact benefits@princeton.edu with questions.

3. TigerCard (Princeton ID Card): The TigerCard establishes your affiliation with Princeton University and serves as a photo ID. Many University departments will ask to see your TigerCard including: the Library, the Athletics Department, McCosh Health Center, the Housing Office, and the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. In addition to being your official University ID, the TigerCard is also used as a debit card to buy food or photocopying services and to gain admittance to campus buildings and high security areas that are electronically secured.  If you have completed the COVID training and are approved to work on campus, pick up your TigerCard at the TigerCard Office, located within The Service Point Office, New South Building, A Floor . Click here for an interactive online map.  Please contact 609-258-8300 or thepoint@princeton.edu with any questions.

4. Parking Permit: Parking on campus is by permit only between the hours of 8am. and 5pm, Monday through Friday, in assigned numbered lots.The Parking Office provides hangtag/decals for those numbered lots. Complete and submit your vehicle registration at: https://transportation.princeton.edu/newvehicle.

OTHER OFFICES YOU MAY NEED TO VISIT OR WISH TO CONTACT (Please note that due to COVID many of these offices are not open for on-campus visits.  Please call the numbers provided in advance to determine the individual offices' current protocols for service):

5. Davis International Center, Louis A. Simpson International Building, A-Level (20 Washington Rd) (609-258-5006): If you are in the U.S. in J-1 status, you MUST check in within 30 days of your DS-2019 start date or your immigration record will be terminated. Check-in can only be completed online, by appointment, or during designated walk-in hours. Other visa holders (e.g., H-1B, F-1 OPT) should schedule an appointment or stop in during walk-in hours to report their arrival. The Center offers support for international scholars, including information on how to apply for a Social Security Number, NJ Driver License, and resources to help adjust to life at Princeton. 

6. HR Self Service: Please use HR Self Service to update your name, marital status, direct deposit, addresses, contact information, or emergency contacts.

7. Vaccine Requirement for New Employees: All new employees, including casuals, must complete VacStatus prior to their first day of work. Employees may not begin work until this process is completed.  Please allow sufficient time when setting the employee’s start date to allow time to fulfill this requirement.

8. Circulation Desk, Firestone Library (609-258-3202): Bring your TigerCard ID card to activate your patron barcode which will enable you to exercise borrowing privileges at the Princeton University libraries.

9. Office of Campus Recreation, Dillon Gymnasium, Rm 103 (email: rec@princeton.edu; Hrs: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri): You may purchase a recreational membership at the online registration website.

10. Housing, New South Building, 5th floor (609-258-3460): Please contact the Housing Office if you have any questions or need information or assistance with University Faculty and Staff Housing.

11. Office of Information Technology Help Desk (609-258-4357): All University faculty and staff have University computing accounts established for them. An "IT Quick Start" guide is available here. If you need further assistance, call the OIT Help Desk at 609-258-4357 (8-HELP) or at helpdesk@princeton.edu. You may also visit the OIT Solutions Center at the Frist Campus Center (100-level, Rooms 111, 112, & 113) Monday-Friday, 9am–5pm.