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Princeton, NJ
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5,327
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$39,537
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 476 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a sprinkling of everyone, but not enough for it to really be a comfortable environment.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Technically, we have amazing nightlife. If you, like me, don't drink, just think of it as having 12 different nightclubs to choose from three nights a week. At 11, you have the option to drink or not, and at the 12th, there is no alcohol anyway.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Speaking specifically about alcohol: once the weekend comes, it's almost everywhere. Whether in its physical form or if a student is talking about it. Pregaming is almost the rule. Fortunately, most of it is in a designated location (Prospect) with the exception of students who stash in their room. If you get caught with alcohol, you will probably be given a warning.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have never been to any of the off-campus restaurants. I have never felt the need to.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There seems to be a wide diversity of beliefs, socio-economic class, and race here.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own laptop, which I enjoy using just in my dorm room, though I do not think they are necessary. There are plenty of computer clusters around campus.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty non-existant. Apparently there at 12 Frats, but only two are considered "cool." Most people see Frats/sororities as a gateway to a certain more exclusive eating club.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most campus dorms look beautiful on the outside, but are less than ideal on the inside. There is a big range, however, based on where you're assigned within the residential college system. Forbes is far and the rooms range in quality, but has a great community - Wilson is perfectly located in central campus but the rooms leave much to be desired - Butler/Whitman have top notch amenities, but the people do not seem as close as those in Forbes -- Rocky/Mathey is somewhere in between.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The campus has a very active "eating club" nightlife scene, but there is not much else available. Most, if not all, pre-games lead to going out to "the street." As far as I know, the bar/club scene in the town of Princeton is non-existant.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I happen to live in one residential "college" that I was randomly placed in. I am a mile from my nearest class and as a second year student share a 180 sq. ft. double with a roommate. I pay the same rooming fee as someone who lives in central campus with a 300 sq. ft. single.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: As someone who went without a laptop for a while, it's a minor inconvenience to need to use the clusters, but not necessary.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing here is pretty great. As a freshman, I ended up with a single and my own bathroom, so I personally don't have any complaints. There are some mediocre dorms in Wilson College, but the rest have been renovated somewhat recently and are generally pretty nice. If you're living in Forbes College, you might not like the walk, but it's not a problem that a bike can't solve.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: As a lower-middle class student, I've had a great experience with the financial aid office, paying a "bill" of about $500 each semester. I haven't had any trouble getting the financial aid that I need and would probably be paying more to attend a community college.

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very common (practically unlimited once you're on "the Street"). Although most students drink, as someone in the minority that doesn't, I haven't ever felt pressure to do so. Aside from alcohol, there's not much of a drug scene. A few students smoke marijuana, but there's no peer pressure to do so.

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: no major selected until sophomore year

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: pretty normal for the area

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: pretty much the only thing the school actually gets mad about is drugs other than alcohol--if someone files a noise complaint about a party in your room and public safety comes and you have alcohol, they won't care, you only get in trouble if you're rude to the officers.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Princeton is incredibly safe, its actually a school joke that nothing ever happens at princeton.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school has a really great policy on alcohol--they pretty much don't discipline for it, only for things done while drunk. While you won't get in trouble for being drunk, you can get in a lot of trouble for not putting someone in the medical center who needs help for being too drunk. Pretty much the only drug found in abundance is weed--everything else you have to actively look for, particularly as a freshman or sophomore.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus; there are good facilities and locations for upperclassmen

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: People are really passionate about what they do, and club sports are a great way of meeting people

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: You don't declare until sophomore year, but pretty much all majors are academically challenging with their own advantages and disadvantages.

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College Freshman

Majors: I have yet to have an internship, but there are lots of resources for finding one.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good, but make sure to check menus online to figure out which dining hall has the best food for the night,

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities are top-notch; available to everyone and really nice. If you're willing to ask around or do a tiny bit of research you'll find incredible opportunities worth taking advantage of.

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Kristen McCarthy
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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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