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

Majors: Relatively Easy – It was a hard choice, but the Administration was very supportive and hosted many talks. I went to dinner with my advisor, a Professor, to talk about it further.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Good Looking Campus – People care about their looks here. Most workout and go to the gym regularly.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: McCosh and the Administration do a phenomenal job in putting safety (both personal and criminal) first. There are no crimes, at all. I have always felt safe.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: A Plethora of Opportunities – Princeton has an incredibly loyal alumni base. To get all my internships, I relied upon it. It is called TigerTracks.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everything Is Here – Historically, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton lacked diversity. Princeton has tried to change that in a fundamental and profound manner. There is an incredible amount of diversity (all types, from racial to political) here.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Safety Comes First – Not many kids use drugs. There is one eating club, Terrace, however, where it is more prevalent.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Understanding Administration – The Administration cares most about student safety. McCosh has entire amnesty programs for the few who drink excessively and seek medical treatment.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town of Princeton is cute. With so much happening on campus, I rarely go, though. Princeton is 45 minutes from NYC and Philly; last semester, I went to NYC 6 times with friends, trips financial aid covered.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Paying for Everything – I am paying nothing for my four years at Princeton. Absolutely nothing. Tuition AND room and board were covered. Princeton has the largest endowment per student of any University in the world and this manifests itself as a substantial advantage in terms of financial aid. It was very easy to get the aid too. I could not be more pleased.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Princeton spends so much money on its housing. Whitman College, for example, has enormous rooms and air conditioning in each one. People complain about the housing, but they do not seem to recognize how incredible they are relative to other colleges.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Stanford of the Ivies – Princeton does very well in sports. Whenever we beat Harvard and Yale in football for a season, we have a huge bonfire. Basketball is becoming bigger on campus. Generally, we are very competitive in the Ivy League and lots of kids attend games against Harvard and Yale.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Everybody Is Studying – Nightlife is there, if you want it. Students at Princeton are very studious and many do not participate. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, nightlife is almost nonexistent. Friday is date night; most of my friends and I usually spend our Fridays study. About 70% of the kids study on Thursday nights, but 30% do party. Finally, nightlife is pretty constricted to Saturday nights on the Street (where the eating clubs are), but a lot of kids avoid it.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's Okay. I am not really involved in the athletics at Princeton. However, we have dedicated teams and coaches and the university is also very spirited and supported of groups, from football to the squash team.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Really Safe. Princeton University is a really safe environment-- I never feel endangered walking through campus at night. Public safety is everywhere, and if you need help medically, the Health Center is always open.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: It Could Be Better. I think that the university has a lot to offer with a very diverse assortment of things to take part in. However, it would be nice for there to be more information about these facilities-- more media.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are so many locations to work on a computer if you don't have one, and they are very up-to-date. If you want a mac or PC, it's available, and there is also free printing. It is definitely convenient.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I love the whole scene at Princeton, probably because of the diversity of the student body. You have people from around the world, rich and poor, all beautiful in their own way. I cannot judge someone on their looks alone, and everyone here has something that makes them unique and attractive.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of drinking that goes on at various times at Princeton. I would not say that peer pressure has anything to do with it, since there are quite a few students who elect to live substance free and no one thinks any less of them for doing so. Aside from some marijuana use, drugs are pretty much nonexistant. The majority of students here are involved and sports and, as such, have no interest in drug usage. The university doesn't strictly condone the use of alcohol, but they don't do much to prohibit it either. They also have policies in place to deal with students who need medical attention due to overindulgence.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Great Participation – Princeton may not have the best sports teams in Divison I, but over half of the student population is involved in one sport or another. The student body is very supportive of the various teams and some of them had very successful seasons this past year. The Men's Squash team won the national championship in February, and the Women's Basketball team went went to the NCAA Regionals ranked 24th in the nation. This was the first time any Ivy League women's sports team had ever been nationally ranked. Sports plays a huge role in student life at Princeton.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My time at Princeton was and probably will be the most amazing and formational time of my life. It was like living in a magical land where everything was beautiful and easy, but that was rich rich rich with academics and innovative thinkers and interesting people to meet and things to do. I can't even really begin to explain it, but my children will be going there.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There is no real need for a car on campus, but people have them. The student parking lot is a bit of a hike, and when people avoid that by parking somewhere on campus or in the faculty lot it's very easy to get ticketed. The fines are not high, but high enough to be annoying. Some students are able to get parking spots in the lots at their eating clubs, which is more convenient.

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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: No one lives off-campus at Princeton, unless for some reason you've been kicked out of campus housing. In that casem there are a number of apartment units nearby, but they are normally somewhat expensive.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Choices...Few but Great – There are not many majors at Princeton but it's because they are teaching the skill sets necessary to go into the real world. It may seem that it's tough to find what you want to major in but you are really prepared to do whatever you want in the future.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing Community – I love being here. You're surrounded by the best of the best and it's definitely very challenging at all levels but there is an immense sense of community that promotes working and growing together.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Quiant Town – Very quaint town with nice shops and attractions nearby. The school has buses and other methods to get around, but there is really no need to get off campus. There are numerous on-campus activities every day.

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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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