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Princeton, NJ
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5,327
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$39,537
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Very Hard
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Reviews 482 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The hard drug scene is definitely not big, but venture to the third floor of Ivy or Terrace and you can find it. Pot is everywhere, most people are just discreet about it if they aren't at Terrace.

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College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a dining hall for each of the six residential colleges. Some are better than others for certain meals, but overall, dining hall food is good.

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Computers: Bring your own computer, but there are lots of computer facilities around campus. It only gets really crowded around exam time and around due dates of big projects.

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Computers: The computer facilities are very good. They all have high-speed Internet connections and loads of applications. In the engineering building, there is even a classroom with laptops on every desk. Around midterms and towards the end of the semester, the computer clusters can get pretty crowded with everyone trying to finish papers. You pretty much need your own computer. Because everyone lives on campus all four years, all rooms have Ethernet. Libraries also have Ethernet outlets so you can bring your laptop and work there. The school offers some subsidized deal to buy computer equipment, and pretty much everyone has their own computer. If not, you can still get by.

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Computers: Princeton's very well-connected and has numerous labs. A computer is actually not needed due to the resources, but it does get crowded near finals and midterms. Bring a computer if you can; it makes things easier. For the most part, though, everything is accessible.

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Computers: Computer clusters aren't always crowded, but everyone I knew had a computer simply because you are almost always writing papers, writing up problem sets, e-mailing or researching. You just spend a lot of time on the computer. It's certainly more convenient to bring your own, but the clusters are also available.

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Computers: I had my own computer and appreciated it, but you don't need a printer since there are plenty of networked printers. Lots of people make it through fine without owning a computer. It's probably personal preference, but you might also want to ask current students and check out the Web page for more info.

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Computers: I had my own laptop, but there were always computers available in the computer clusters. Internet access is also really fast.

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Computers: With its own technology office, the University invests a lot of money and time in the quality of its computer facilities. Most buildings have some form of computer cluster or print station, and a campus media lab allows students to go and learn how to use electronics, such as a digital camcorder, to enhance their work.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police aren't too strict. There are lots of room parties on campus that aren't broken up until things get too loud or out of control. You can pretty much do what you want in your room.

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Campus Strictness: I'll give you a little parable. When I was pre-fresh and came to visit, I attended a party with a pool filled with beer. Eh? I mean come on!

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Campus Strictness: They're not very strict about drinking. Just don't walk around with open containers. I don't know about drugs; I never did them and never knew anyone who did.

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Campus Strictness: They're not very strict, although it'll probably get stricter, as there have been more incidents in the news.

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Campus Strictness: As long as drinking is done in a manner that doesn't disturb others, and as long as people don't start passing out and calling ambulances, things are fine.

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Campus Strictness: Drugs are really not an issue and are pretty unaccepted within the student body, so it's not an issue with police. A lot of drinking goes on, and the University has been trying to crack down on it recently, with little success. For people who like to go out, drinking is a large part of the social culture.

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Campus Strictness: They won't tolerate drugs if they find out. With drinking, they tend to look the other way unless someone is hospitalized or something. They bust room parties sometimes, but no one is ever arrested. Drinking is a different thing, but campus police will look the other way. They're not strict at all; there are parties outside all the time.

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Campus Strictness: They're rather relaxed as long as the students are not too loud or obviously breaking rules.

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Academics: I loved my professors. They are world-famous, yet they'd take me to dinner to discuss educating inner-city youth, Melville's short stories, or why New York was on one of the largest fault lines.

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Academics: The professors and preceptors are remarkably concerned with the academic life of the undergraduate both in theory and practice. The University requirements for independent work mandate close student-teacher contact and in practice, professors generally make themselves easily available to meet outside of the classroom regardless of the size of the class.

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Academics: The teachers at the school are pretty good. There are some good lecturers and some pretty boring ones. Most of the teachers in my electrical engineering department were very helpful and usually willing to meet with students if there were questions. Some professors couldn't teach anything, but for those, you can rely on the teaching assistants and your classmates.

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Academics: Outstanding! Princeton is all about the undergrad program. The classes are great, and the professors actually teach them. You can really get to know your professors if you make the extra step to try to meet them and do things like going to their office hours. That is the best part!

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Academics: Princeton hosts a Freshmen Seminar program, which creates a variety of seminars open only to freshmen. While the topics are narrowly-tailored, depending upon the professor's personal academic interests, this program allows freshmen to participate in intensive discussion groups and helps to ease them into the increased academic expectations of sophomore year.

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Academics: The personal attention from professors is great, and I still turn on my TV and see my professors on there all the time.

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Academics: Overall, the professors vary from good to bad. The math department is notorious for bad instructors in introductory classes. Most are in-between, approachable, and at least try to help out the students; unfortunately, at schools like Princeton, you'll often find that the best professors in terms of research and fame are not always really good at transferring their knowledge to students. So sometimes, there ends up being a fair amount of self-learning and collaboration with other students in study groups.

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Academics: My classes, for the most part, were fascinating, mostly because of the enthusiasm of my professors. The professors are extremely accessible. I had the opportunity to have both great personal and academic relationships with many of them. Most of them were interested in student life in general and were also great about getting to know students individually.

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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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