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Princeton, NJ
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5,327
Tuition
$39,537
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: #1 ranked for many reasons.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University is very lenient towards alcohol. The University is only concerned with students' safety and you won't get in trouble for calling for help for a friend in trouble. They will actually email you thanking you the next day.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: It's beautiful! Autumn is beautiful with all the leaves falling. The campus is gorgeous in general.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Right now Greek life is pretty underground after the University made it against the rules for freshman to even be in a Greek house. The Greeks are not recognized by the University at this time.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Admissions is a game of luck if you have the same numbers as every one else. Make sure the essays are really good.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Princeternships matches you with an alumni who is in a field you are interested in. There are also plenty of abroad internships available. I plan on doing an abroad internship.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Breakfast is awesome. Lots of cereal and sandwiches consumed for dinner and lunch gets kind of boring.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The living situation is okay depending on which residential college you draw into. Butler/Wilson is probably the best location as far as freshman and sophomore dorms go. It's probably the closest to academic buildings. Whitman isn't bad either. Butler is extremely modern. Whitman was built most recently, but it has a pseudo-gothic look. During the day, if you don't keep your light on, especially if you have a single, your room will feel very small and dark. Forbes is beautiful, but it's really far from everything. (I left out Rocky/Mathey because I never lived there). As a freshman and sophomore, regardless of where you live, you will be subjected to sharing a dorm with all people of your chosen gender who live on your floor. Fortunately, if you draw well, upperclass housing will be quite palatable. I don't know what the best option is, but if you know you will be an engineering major, rethink drawing into Forbes because it is the furthest away from the E-Quad. However, if you want to live in one of the best-looking dorms, choose Forbes. The social atmosphere in the residential colleges is good if you are an outgoing person. We have study breaks once a week for the whole community, and College Night on Tuesdays. You will survive these much easier if you have friends who live in your residential college (for me, that's Whitman. If you want one night every couple of weeks to have dinner with students who are only in your residential college, then Whitman is for you). In order to choose housing, you are assigned a specific lottery time. Log in to the housing website at that time and watch in real time as other students make their decisions as well..

15 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I feel comfortable with the amount of minority students here, whether it's ethnic, racial, or sexual minorities. However, the atmosphere isn't as welcoming at times. As with most elite universities, Princeton is a predominantly white institution. However, students do make good friendships with people of other races. After being here for a year, I'm able to detect more atheism and prejudice (but that's just a relatively small amount of people).

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of Mom and Pop shops along with affordable, health-conscious options, and some more upscale, expensive dining options . Not a lot of fast-food or places that offer significant student discounts. There is a decent variety for the area.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining halls have a variety of food and menus and many of the residential colleges have special dinner nights. However choosing where to eat becomes a bit more convoluted when one must decide their sophomore year whether to remain in the dining hall system, join an eating club, go independent, etc. This can cause some anxiety about not being in the same club as friends and being able to have meals with them but otherwise the off-campus options are pretty good and the dining staff here is excellent.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a strong prevalence of recreational drugs. The substance utilized most would likely be alcohol. There is definitely a drinking culture but not everyone participates and compared to other colleges it is not as pronounced because the main priority here is on schoolwork more so than partying.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Other than the eating clubs, there isn't much on/around campus. And if the eating clubs aren't your scene, well... sucks for you. Pregames are fun, they just get shut down a lot especially around midnight.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Social life gets monotonous sometimes... work hard all week, drink a lot Thurs/Sat nights, stay up late Sunday catching up on work, wash, rinse, repeat.

19 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Facilities: Academic buildings are beautiful and top of the line... from more original buildings like McCosh to newer ones like Frick (the chemistry building)! Dorms are a mixed bag... it's all the luck of the (room) draw!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Majors: The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department from Princeton is the best. The professors are all leaders in their field, and the department is small enough that there is a strong sense of community, not cut throat at all. It's a ton of work though, you really have to love engineering it for it to be worth it!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: The local weather is very variable, so you have to get used to it being warm and sunny one day and cold and rainy the next.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: No difficulties getting into my program here. No application process, other than being accepted to the school.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: For my major and minor, most initial internships I'll have will be unpaid but good experience.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all sorts of people here. Lots of diversity.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy in my program. If I could do it all over again, I would because I really enjoy learning.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

5 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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