Campus Strictness

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

Campus Strictness: pretty much the only thing the school actually gets mad about is drugs other than alcohol--if someone files a noise complaint about a party in your room and public safety comes and you have alcohol, they won't care, you only get in trouble if you're rude to the officers.

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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.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Do Whatever So Long as Its Not Cheating – Princeton really doesn't care what you do. Distribution requirements are very lenient. For example, everyone has to take a quantitative reasoning class (QR), but this could be anything from linear algebra to astronomy. Princeton has lots of rules that nobody follows and nobody cares about. Underage drinking is rampant, but the University cares more about people's health and safety than about enforcing the rules. Therefore nobody gets in trouble for drinking if you have to call the ambulance for a severely drunk friend. The only thing Princeton is really strict about is cheating. We all sign an honor code and its a big source of pride that students follow it and also report any student that is not abiding by it. Students are on their honor to do their work and faculty are not going to baby sit, but if someone is caught, they will be forced to take a year off.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Grade Deflation and Honor System – The honor system at Princeton is seriously flawed. The way in which students are "tried" is a really strange process. Honestly, if you are put before the honor committee, you know you are going to get suspended. It's a bit of a Kangaroo court. The university does not take intention into account when prosecuting people. Someone who intended to cheat gets the same treatment as someone who accidentally plagiarized. It's very off putting.

Additionally, the grade deflation policy stresses students out unnecessarily.

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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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 215th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 306th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen McCarthy
Hometown
Mahwah, N.J.
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Few Princeton students will find themselves under the scrutiny of Princeton's campus police or University administration. Those students who do can be called in for any number of reasons, from climbing tent scaffolding at reunions to breaking into a dining hall after hours to get a scoop of ice cream. Room parties tend to be broken up not because of presumed underage drinking but because of noise complaints. Just as long as those students who chose to drink do so without breaking noise and open container regulations, Public Safety does not give them too much of a problem.

Campus police rely mostly on town police for taking care of major issues. The campus police focus more on problems such as noise complaints, which may result from parties where alcohol is served. The majority of calls to Public Safety are about thefts and alcohol-related issues, such as drunk students needing transport to McCosh Health Center.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking in common areas
  • Drinking underage
  • Having candles or other contraband items in your dorm room
  • Making too much noise in your dorm
  • Parking illegally
  • Public urination or indecency

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 46% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 54% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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