Letter to the Class of 2026 from Dean Olin

July 6, 2022

Dear Class of 2026 Matheyites,

Welcome to Princeton, welcome to Mathey! As the dean of your new residential college, I’m honored to be among the first to reach out and say how excited I am to meet you soon and welcome you to campus in August. I believe you will find Mathey to be a really fun, supportive, and engaging community with many perks, such as classic Princetonian Gothic architecture (you know, all the buildings Admissions highlights in their brochures), immediate access to bustling Nassau Street, a wide array of wonderful spaces and programs, a dining hall that people think of when they hear “Princeton” or “Harry Potter”, a fantastic college staff, and a whole lot more! Browse our Instagram page (follow us!) for a glimpse into awesome past events!

If you are interested, you can learn a little more about me here. Some of my main responsibilities as dean of Mathey are to help guide and manage the college staff, advise juniors and seniors, and work with students of any class year who decide to take time away from Princeton or return to campus. Please don’t hesitate to stop by the college office to say hi, or chat over a meal in the dining hall.

I also want to take this opportunity to tell you about your amazing assistant dean, Dr. Natalia Córdova Sánchez. You would normally be hearing from her directly, but she is out on maternity leave this summer after Dr. Córdova and her husband, Henry, welcomed their new baby, Oliver, into the world this past spring. The assistant dean (whose title was “director of studies” until just recently) is primarily responsible for advising first year students and sophomores. You will love chatting with Dr. Córdova, and you’ll have a chance to meet her during Orientation and beyond.

I also want to share some important reminders below, which you would normally be receiving from Dr. Córdova:

  • Placement Tests:
    • Language placement are available until July 29 at 2pm. Full details are posted here.
    • Full details on placement tests in computer science, chemistry, and physics are posted here.
      • The computer science placement test is available now until July 29.
      • The chemistry placement test will be offered on July 28 and on August 16.
      • Physics placement tests will be offered on July 29 and on August 15
  • The ClassPath academic advising course opens in Canvas on July 25 and runs through August 12
  • Faculty advising begins August 8 and runs through August 25; we’ll share lots of details on preparing to meet with their assigned faculty adviser towards the end of July. Students will enroll in their classes on campus on Friday, September 2.

We truly can’t wait to greet you in person! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer.

All best wishes,

Dean Olin