At Butler College, between Elm Drive and Yoseloff Hall, tables allow for distanced dining
Ricardo Barros
These images capture the new sights and uncommon stillness of campus life this semester

With undergraduates taking classes remotely, the Princeton campus looks quite different this fall. There were few bicycles on the racks at Firestone Library ahead of midterms week and no fresh flyers on the bulletin board outside McCosh Hall — just scraps and staples left over from the spring. Students got their meals in takeout containers from the dining halls and sat at safely distanced tables under tents outside.

Construction of two new residential colleges, scheduled to open in 2022, south of Poe Field
Ricardo Barros

Instead of hosting football games against Harvard and Yale, Princeton Stadium served as the home of the University’s asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program. Students, faculty, and staff who are on campus at least eight hours per week have been required to be tested regularly. (The University is moving toward decentralized testing, allowing some participants to pick up kits and return saliva samples to a drop box.) At building entrances, signs bear reminders from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety: “Wear a face covering inside” and “Training required for card access.” 

The COVID-19 testing site under the east grandstands of Princeton Stadium
Denise Applewhite/Office of Communications
Despite the slower pace, life goes on at Princeton — in research labs and libraries, at construction sites, and alongside the local restaurants on Nassau and Witherspoon streets, which reopened in the summer with expanded outdoor seating. 

An al fresco lunch on Witherspoon Street, where outdoor dinner tables have been full on warm weekends
Ricardo Barros
The images capture both the new sights and uncommon stillness of campus life this semester.

The Princeton sailing team’s boats at rest at Lake Carnegie
Ricardo Barros

View of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Ricardo Barros