Princeton, NJ
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Reviews 541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Underclassmen are not allowed to live off campus. I do not know of any upperclassmen who live off campus. Most people stay on campus as undergrads.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Coming from a predominantly white, straight, Christian, middle-class, Republican, omnivorous area, I thought it was so interesting to suddenly be surrounded by all sorts of ethnicities, sexual identities, religions, economic backgrounds, and mostly Democrats. It has been an amazing learning experience for me. However, I have heard from a few people who identify as queer that the campus is not entirely receptive to people trying to come out.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code is taken super seriously here, but then some things are very easy to get away with. Unless you are in substance-free housing, it is typically okay to have alcohol in your dorm. As far as underage drinking goes, you only have to be 18 to get into the Eating Clubs, and from there they don't ID anyone for beer. Even if someone underage gets drunk and has to go to McCosh (the clinic on campus), they don't punish them for being underage. They want people to feel comfortable getting professional help when drunk rather than being afraid of the consequences of being underaged and risking major health issues.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There aren't offcampus clubs to go to. It's the Street or a dorm party. The Street is not all that fun to me personally because it's the same 11 clubs (not all of them are open to everyone), and they don't all play the kind of music I want to dance to. My distaste for the Street could just be that I don't know many people whenever I go inside.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our varsity football/basketball teams aren't very important to the Princeton experience, unlike some other colleges. I know more people on Sprint Football and other club/intramural teams than I do varsity athletes, except for crew. Everyone does crew.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of restaurants I like, and there is a lot of variety, but most of it is slightly too pricey for a college kid.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are maybe three sororities, and none of them are recognized by the University. Greek life plays such a small role on campus aside from Rush Week. The social scene is dominated by the eating clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think you could find a shortcoming to most of the residential colleges. Wilson is ugly, Forbes, Rocky, and Mathey are all inconveniently located. But you also learn to love your community. Wilson is so centrally located, it makes up for the appearance. Forbesians have their amazing Sunday brunch and the Wa. Rocky/Mathey have the gothic architecture everyone knows and loves Princeton for, and Butler and Whitmanites have newer facilities with nice, clean interiors (and AC!).

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Nassau Street. It is quaint and charming, but in reality it is pretty upscale. As far as nightlife goes, there isn't much beyond the Street with all of the Eating Clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many people here are preppy, as the average income here is quite high. But that doesn't mean they aren't friendly! As far as attractiveness goes, it kind of varies. There are some gorgeous guys, but a large majority of the population is less than desirable. BUT! It's Princeton, so you know everyone is smart and probably going to make a lot of money in the future.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Princeton is the most gorgeous campus around. It has started to combine its gothic architecture with more modern buildings, and the blend is quite refreshing. Frist, the campus center, offers a variety of food options, study spaces, and relaxation areas. Dillon gym has plenty of machines and treadmills.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Late meal is the greatest thing ever. The dining halls cycle through meals every three weeks, so it can get a little repetitive, but late meal food is always great. Plus, if you make friends in eating clubs, you can throw in more variety. Murray Dodge cookies are also incredible!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Have a low income? They will pay for everything!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town can get pricey, but it's a pretty area - lots of shops and nice places to walk.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are lots of parties on Thursday and Saturday nights, mainly at the Eating Clubs.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There are tons of athletic opportunities on campus for people of every interest and level.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity on campus, and I've enjoyed getting to know people from very different backgrounds from me and with very different interests from mine.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life barely affects the social scene. Instead, the eating clubs dominate.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on the campus. The campus police are very nice and easy to get in touch with.

5 College Junior

Academics: My department is very small, and I am on a first name basis with most of my professors, which is really nice.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are (overall) excellent. Courses are easy to register for, and professors are very accessible.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They have a safety first policy, which is excellent. If you bring someone to the health center who has had too much to drink, there is no punishment.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are some fantastic dorms at Princeton. I've had a single room the whole time I've been there.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat off campus, but many are quite expensive as a student.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Princeton needs more true diversity.

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Kristen McCarthy
Mahwah, N.J.
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Once students get past the relative isolation of Princeton, they immerse themselves in the multitude of campus academic and social activities, from political and humor publications to debate societies to eating clubs. The academic program is demanding, which students appreciate, and it prepares students for not only the work force but also top-notch graduate schools. The historic buildings and eating clubs give Princeton its own sort of feel that may not mesh well with all students but certainly provide Princeton undergrads with a plethora of traditions and opportunities that are characteristically Princeton.

Princeton is not just a school, it is an experience. Students who take full advantage of what Princeton has to offer have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professors and scholars in the world on an idyllic campus. They graduate with one of the best undergraduate educations in the country and with all the connections the alumni experience has to offer. Some students may not realize the significance of the Princeton experience until they march on to Elm Drive for their graduating P-Rade, but the majority of students know how special the Princeton experience is by the time they are back from the woods on their pre-frosh Outdoor Action trip.

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