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Princeton, NJ
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$39,537
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Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As far as I've seen, drugs are not as popular as alcohol. Alcohol seems to be consumed far more often. There are different resources for alcohol education, alcohol poisoning, etc.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Computers: Your experience with computers will definitely depend on where you are. I live in Whitman College, and we have a library downstairs. However, during peak seasons, the library is always crowded, and you'll be lucky if the two media macs are available. I usually go to Butler, because there are less people. Their computers also work better. In the Whitman Library, computers sometimes freeze up while I'm trying to print.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I am a music major. I don't have a problem with the Department of Music; however, my issue is that I took a big risk by starting with the prerequisite for music majors. I quickly realised that my high school did not give me adequate preparation for my major; just basic college success. Now that I look back, I know that I should have spent this year on the two basic music courses and then proceeded further. (If any of you are wondering, MUS 103 and 104 are the simpler, more basic classes; MUS 105 and 106 are the prerequisites for majoring in music).
My hope was to become skilled in songwriting and composition, but you have to have adequate experience before entering the field here. (Not just in courses, but even performance ensembles, as well.)
Right now, I'm not as concerned about finding a job as I am with developing my skills.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining halls are consistent, and the eating clubs all have their own specialities. The options in town are great too - don't miss out on a steak at Witherspoon Grill (for a very special occasion). Wings from Chuck's are little-known but awesome.

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Great sense of community on teams, and everyone loves to cheer them on!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Princeton is the ideal college town. Large enough that you aren't assumed to be a student, and with a wide array of restaurants and stores to satisfy every taste, but small enough that it is easy to get around and feels safe.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students are very trusting of one another, often leaving laptops/bags at work stations. Princeton is relatively safe and quiet.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm an engineering student. The work is rigorous and most classes the first two years are requirements.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are hardly ever any incidents.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes can be rainy or windy. Mostly sunny and mild.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: One of the best in the country. Just check out the fin aid website.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports are decent here but not a huge part of campus life. If you're interested in going to games, you can go but it's not central to campus life. This can be a huge plus if you're too interested but a bummer if you're looking for sports to be the center of your campus experience.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: A variety of students from different backgrounds, making my campus experience very valuable to how I interact with people and how I see the world.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Frankly, there can sometimes be a frustrating indifference in the general student body when it comes to school spirit in athletics. There is generally great support for the basketball teams, both men and women, and spirit is likely at an all-time high after beating Harvard and Yale at football. There is a great intramural program and the athletic facilities open to student are world-class.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are very nice, unique boutique shops and restaurants in the local square, which makes for some great conversations and outings with friends. The town is quite small, however, and the square contains a good number of expensive, high-end stores, which does not always fit each "starving college student's" budget. There are some amazing historical sites on and around the campus, which is great for times when friends and family visit. Princeton's area is extremely safe. Being a small town that is quite secluded from the rest of New Jersey, there is very little crime in the area. There are world-famous restaurants and eateries here and there, so it's not as if you have few good options when taking out friends. Despite the fact that there may not be the lively vibe of a big city, Princeton's location is perfectly ideal because it sits right in between New York City and Philadelphia, 55 miles in both directions. Say you wanted to go shopping in Manhattan or attend a broadway show, you can hop on a train and be in the city in less than 1.5 hours. It's amazing!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school does not punish students for underage drinking but it educates them on how to drink responsibly. For this reason those who are underage have easy access to alcohol. A lot of people drink on campus and most of them go to The Street (the Eating Clubs) to do so. There are also some drugs on campus but drug use is barely visible. However if you choose not to drink like myself you can live in substance free housing to distance yourself from alcohol use and drug use. The university also has the alcohol initiative to provide activities for students who choose not to drink. Such activities include free movies and students may also go to Murray-Dodge where the can get free freshly baked cookies, play games, and get free hot drinks.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a good amount of different housing options at Princeton such as independent, graduate-housing, and undergraduate housing, each of which have their own benefits and draw-backs. I can personally speak for undergraduate housing though. freshmen and sophomores are divided into 6 residential colleges: Mathey, Butler, and Whitman which are all 4-year colleges and Wilson, Rockefeller, and Forbes which are all 2-year colleges. Mathey and Rocky are the older res-cols located on the upper half of campus and have Gothic architecture. Whitman also has a Gothic feel to it, is located closer to the back of campus, and is the newest among the colleges and therefore it also has air conditioning. Butler and Wilson are in the middle of campus have a mix of newer and older buildings and a few of their dorms have ac. Forbes was once an inn but is now a res-col and is a bit farther away from the majority of campus but has some newer as well as older dorms.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I personally have not been to any of the Eating Clubs and have only been to Blackbox once since I do not drink and do not like to be around alcohol, but I really like that Princeton provides alcohol free activities as a part of the school's alcohol initiative. Such activities include movies and going to the Murray-Dodge cafe for games and free snacks. It also helps that I live in substance-free housing and I am surrounded by other people who choose to abstain from drinking as well.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I cannot recall one time when I didn't feel safe on campus. People leave their dorms unlocked a majority of the time and it's almost never a problem. I, for one, lock by bike whenever I leave it somewhere for obvious reasons.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: The winters are really harsh but spring and summer are really beautiful.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: Princeton is super generous with financial aid. Just fill out the applications in time and the financial aid office will do its best to assist you as much as you need!

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: Becoming an Anthropology major was pretty easy. You declare a major at the end of sophomore year and if you've taken a couple intro classes, you're accepted into the program. The department representatives are really generous and understanding. Their advice is truly invaluable.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Diversity: Tons of Different Backgrounds – Yes there is a lot of representation from upper class white kids and studious asians, stereotypical to an ivy league school. But every day I am amazed by the interesting people I have met on campus; I've met a computer-programming musician from the Middle East, an athlete drafted by a professional team who decided to complete an electrical engineering degree before he turns pro, and a small-town farmer who happens to speak three languages. This mixture of people from so many unique backgrounds is a huge reason why I love this school so much.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: For the Most Part, Tons of Flexibility and Options – As an engineer, my process with dealing with majors is quite different from the majority of the students here. Even though I am a sophomore, I have already declared my major, and since I knew what I wanted to do before arriving, it was not a problem for me. But if you want to be an engineer, or are even considering an engineering major, make sure you are in the BSE program, or at least taking the prerequisites the very first semester. It is not difficult to switch out of engineering; nearly impossible to switch into it.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Excellent Dorms – So far, I've had a great experience living on campus. There are bathrooms down the hall from my room as well as a kitchenette and a study area. There's also a theater and a dance studio in my college.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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