Princeton University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Princeton, NJ
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
8 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Strong academic program
  • Focus on campus undergraduate life
  • Renovated dorms
  • Tradition and strong alumni programs

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The relative isolation of the town
  • Rainy springs
  • Old, outdated dorms
  • Crowded Stephens Fitness Center

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Princeton Student Reviews

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Underclassmen are not allowed to live off campus. I do not know of any upperclassmen who live off campus. Most people stay on campus as undergrads.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Coming from a predominantly white, straight, Christian, middle-class, Republican, omnivorous area, I thought it was so interesting to suddenly be surrounded by all sorts of ethnicities, sexual identities, religions, economic backgrounds, and mostly Democrats. It has been an amazing learning experience for me. However, I have heard from a few people who identify as queer that the campus is not entirely receptive to people trying to come out.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Honor Code is taken super seriously here, but then some things are very easy to get away with. Unless you are in substance-free housing, it is typically okay to have alcohol in your dorm. As far as underage drinking goes, you only have to be 18 to get into the Eating Clubs, and from there they don't ID anyone for beer. Even if someone underage gets drunk and has to go to McCosh (the clinic on campus), they don't punish them for being underage. They want people to feel comfortable getting professional help when drunk rather than being afraid of the consequences of being underaged and risking major health issues.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There aren't offcampus clubs to go to. It's the Street or a dorm party. The Street is not all that fun to me personally because it's the same 11 clubs (not all of them are open to everyone), and they don't all play the kind of music I want to dance to. My distaste for the Street could just be that I don't know many people whenever I go inside.


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