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Princeton, NJ
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Diversity: We definitely have a variety of people. I don't know how diverse it is compared to other campuses, but I know there are all kinds of student organizations for different nationalities, races, religions, etc. Being a minority will not prohibit you from doing anything at Princeton, and most students really do not consider it a significant factor on campus.

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Guys & Girls: I found the majority of girls to be attractive. It seemed that there was an abnormally large percentage of hot girls. I didn't pay much attention to the guys.

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Guys & Girls: Freshman year, my RA told me that nobody dates at Princeton. Personally, I have not found that to be true, but I can see how someone would think that.

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Guys & Girls: Not only are the girls cute, but they are also smart, nice, and not scary. The only downside is that as Princeton tends to have people who are used to success, guys tend to fear the whole asking-out thing. We have a lot of serious couples and hookups but minimal dating.

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Guys & Girls: People here are pretty diverse and run the gamut from bookish nerds to party animals.

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Guys & Girls: There's probably a pretty big spectrum, but hot guys are definitely available. I'm quite satisfied with the guys on campus. As for the girls, well, I think we're really good-looking as well.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are 50/50. As for the girls, they are spilt, too. You have the stuck-up rich snobs, and then you have the everyday girl, who is friendly and loves to go out and make new friends. You have to remember, though, that there are three other major colleges within 30 minutes of you, so you can always meet people form other schools when you go out. You are not limited to just Princeton kids; you have Rutgers, College of New Jersey, and Rider, and within an hour, you have all the New York and Philly schools. People are never a problem and neither are hot guys.

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Guys & Girls: There are very good looking people at Princeton.

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Guys & Girls: You have a nice selection of good-looking guys and girls if you go to the right places. Generally, if you go to the eating clubs on a Thursday or Saturday night, you'll find the best-looking people on campus. However, don't expect to find too many in a 300-level math class. On the whole, I'd say the people on campus are better-looking than most colleges, and many outsiders have said the same.

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Guys & Girls: On the whole, there are attractive people here. After visiting, a friend of mine described Princeton as being full of beautiful, disgruntled people. I don't know if I agree about disgruntled, though. Princeton people are fairly good-looking. A recent study has shown that about a third of Princeton alums marry other Princeton alums. Read into that however you like. They're not naturally gorgeous so much, but well kempt, if that makes sense. They take care of themselves and are attractive.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are very big. Sports on campus are huge; it seems that nearly half or more of the student body participates in some athletics-varsity or IM.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big. Our football team isn't that good, so basketball gets a lot of fans, so does lacrosse. A very high percentage of the student body plays varsity sports. Everyone else plays club sports or intramurals.Intramurals are pretty big and cover sports from hockey to flag football to basketball. I played in a lot of IMs, and they were always competitive and a lot of fun.

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Athletics: A huge number of students participate. Sports are pretty big simply because people always enjoy going and cheering on their friends.

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Athletics: I love going to basketball games; sometimes they can be very exciting, especially if we are having a good season.

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Athletics: There are lots of opportunities. Varsity sports are pretty big and fairly good. Field hockey, lacrosse, swimming, some individual track events, basketball, squash-all are competitive on the national level and some have several national titles. Football has been less consistent; although they won the Ivy League champs my first year. There are also club sports, which are sort of like varsity but officially a step below.

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Athletics: There are a lot of sports and always an IM team you can join. It really just depends on who you hang out with and how much sports are a part of your life.

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Athletics: IM sports are huge and so much fun! We have everything from broomball (the best sport ever-hockey using brooms instead of pucks) to inner tube water polo. They were a huge part of my Princeton experience. Not only did I have an awesome time and get great exercise, but I also met a lot of my close friends through them.

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Athletics: I have been to all the pool events and a couple football and basketball games, and they seem to be pretty good, especially the water polo games. There are really hot guys in Speedos; it is great!

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Athletics: Princeton was ranked as one of the top ten jock schools in the country, except here, the jocks are smart. IM sports are a lot of fun and quite popular.

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Athletics: We have a ton of varsity athletes; it blows me away. IM sports are fairly big as well. Not too many students attend football games, but a heck of a lot attend men's basketball games. Our basketball team is always first or second in the Ivy League. Our lacrosse team has won the national championship in recent years. Varsity sports are very big, and a lot of people play them.

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Nightlife: The bars are okay-they're not really a big scene. The majority of the social scene is on campus. Most of the off-campus bar and club scene occurs in New York City, since it's only a $14 round-trip train ride away.

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Nightlife: Because Princeton is a small town, there aren't many bars and clubs off campus. If you want to go clubbing, you probably have to go to New York; it's about an hour away by train. Ivy is a bar that's close to campus. Seniors will go there occasionally, but most of the social life revolves around `the Street.' On weekends, eating clubs will have DJs, bands, parties, and free beer, so this is where people party. Clubs are usually open to everyone, although some clubs may have passes for special nights.

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Nightlife: There are a couple bars in town which aren't bad. That said, most of the social scene takes place at the eating clubs, where most upperclassmen eat their meals. They throw parties and dances and are `on tap' to Princeton University students most Thursday and Saturday nights.

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Nightlife: There are a few places to drink off campus, but most of the partying goes on in the eating clubs, which sort of like coed fraternities for upperclassmen. These cover a whole range of social interests, from the jock club (Cap and Gown) to the drinking club (Tiger Inn) to the alternative club (Terrace), and so on. If you really want to do the off-campus bar/club scene, you can drive a bit to get to nearby places down Route 1 or in Hope Town.

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Nightlife: I guess Triumph and the Annex would be the bars that people would go to although most people stick to the social scene on campus-the eating clubs.

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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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