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Majors: The majors are great. There could be a bit more to choose from but there are certificate programs that can cater to more specific interests.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose this school for many reasons, one of which being I don't think I could go to a better school for less money. Princeton is a great school but what really helped me choose this school over others was their great financial aid package. I also enjoy how Princeton feels like the best of both worlds in a way. If you like a suburban sprawling campus with a heavy focus on undergraduates (seriously, sorry potential grad students) then Princeton is definitely unique, especially when it comes to other Ivies and equally competitive universities. I like that I don't feel overshadowed by a renowned graduate school. I like that I can see new people every day but I can also recognize faces in Frist. There are things that Princeton should work on: like economic diversity (or at the least, addressing it), spiffing up cultural understanding amongst the student body and frankly changing the entire finals schedule but overall, Princeton is a pretty cool place.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: One of the things that I think every Princeton student can agree on is how pretty the campus is. The campus sprawls but it's neither too big nor too small. Since I've come to campus, there are plenty of new places I've discovered. It's a rather old campus so while it maintains the old style for which it owes its famous (IMO) it also addresses that yeah, we live in the 21st century, silly.

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College Freshman

Majors: My prospective major is Public Policy in the Woodrow Wilson School. A few years ago an application was required but now as long as you meet the class requirements, you're set to go. The classes are meant to be broad and seem to be intended to get one out of comfort zone.

College Freshman

Majors: I plan to have an internship in the near future. The internships are sometimes hard to come by because so many qualified students apply for them. That doesn't mean they're impossible to get. It may just be a bit more difficult than you may think.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Princeton doesn't have much of a dating culture, especially early on in college careers. That's not to say that there aren't relationships, because there are but they are less common than just hookups (whatever you perceive that to be). The guys and girls here are okay. There's a rather negative perception that all Princeton students are "preppy" but that's really not the case. People are pretty approachable here and although you may find that some people are a bit into themselves, there are plenty of people who are willing to talk or socialize (either platonically or romantically).

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, Princeton is a really great institution that is also great for the price. Like any school, it has its shortcomings, but those are often outweighed if one thinks about the great things the school has going for it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm sure it's pretty cool. The alumni seem like a great resource.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I was surprised by how diverse Princeton is, especially for an Ivy League. There are so many people here from so many different countries. In most of my seminars, there was a fair representation of students of color. That being said, there are still cases of intolerance that have become apparent after such incidents as Ferguson. Politically, Princeton seems to be a bit split. There's only a small portion of people that seem particularly interested in politics but those that are can find their niche in either major political ideology. Religion isn't a major major part of campus but if you're religious, there are ways to get involved. There are students who make that a big part of their campus experience. Sexual orientation is also something that seems pretty acceptable here. In terms of economic background, I think that's the most taboo thing of all. While there are several students who come from lower-income families, Princeton as a whole doesn't really address differences in lifestyles. There are several (more) students of privilege here and if you're not one of those students, it could be easy to feel left out in some ways.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It's pretty great. World class. The workload can be pretty stressful.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Princeton seems like a nice town. I would definitely not live here. The town seems defined by the campus which is fine if you like that kind of thing. Personally I don't hang outside of the Princeton Bubble much but I'm sure if you were really into that you could find yourself having a grand old time. Princeton isn't necessarily isolated. There's a train that can take you to New York City in about an hour. Newark and Trenton are pretty nearby. Philly is about an hour south. So it could definitely be worse. However, if you're on the campus for too long you may begin to lose touch with reality, with what's going on outside Princeton.

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College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had much direct experience with the Administration. Recently there have been calls to change the way the campus deals with diversity issues and scheduling of the academic year. If nothing else, it seems willing to listen to the student body, particularly the student government group. After several calls to get rid of grade deflation, the Administration did so. Take that as you will.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: What's really great about the food at Princeton is the fact that there are so many options. There are four dining halls to choose from and if you don't like the meal in your res college, you can just go to another. None of them serve exactly the same thing. In my opinion, they all have their own styles. The biggest ones -Rocky/Mathey & Wilcox/Wu- are arguably the best because...well, they're bigger and offer more options. That's not to say that all the food is great -it's not. There are definitely bad days. The meal plans are pretty nice but aren't really very useable for food off campus. Late Meal at Princeton is great for underclassmen who have an unlimited meal plan (and it's arguably better than the food in the residential colleges) and many students utilize it. If you don't have an unlimited meal plan, it's a bit more difficult but there are still plenty of food options available.

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College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking about the Princeton campus. Princeton is essentially in a suburban town so there's very little crime that occurs anywhere near campus. The biggest and most prevalent crime seems to be stealing of bikes. So one can walk about in even late hours without being afraid. Public Safety at Princeton is usually around should anything happen. Sexual assault is here like almost every other college and recently, the way students can report this has been in dispute. However on the Street I've never felt particularly threatened in that way. There seem to be a few resources for access in the worst case scenario.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Princeton doesn't really have Greek Life in the traditional sense. It's quite low-key and the Eating Clubs replace it in many ways- the parties occur in the Eating Clubs and they carry the same sense of exclusivity that Greek Life would. There are traces of Greek Life but as an underclassman I almost have no experience with it. Definitely not a big thing on the Princeton campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The town of Princeton isn't exactly known for its affordability. I usually stick with places like Panera and Qdoba just because those are pretty inexpensive. Other places on Nassau Street are a tad bit more expensive and seem to be more catered to tourists rather than Princeton students themselves. Many people save off-campus dining for special occasions. I hardly know anyone who goes to Nassau Street on a regular basis.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Princeton school spirit could be better. It seems as if only the Princeton University Band and the sports teams themselves really care about the athletics. Princeton isn't really big on sports but performs well against several of the other Ivies.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is great at Princeton. I received more money here than I did at any other school to which I was accepted. Princeton has money to burn (or so I hear) and if you ask the financial aid office for more money they're likely to at least consider your case. I came in with a couple of outside scholarships that definitely helped and I recommend seeking that out rather than completely relying on the Princeton for financial aid (especially if you're stuck in the middle class rut). If your family makes a little less than a certain number (I don't know what exactly), Princeton pays nearly everything.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's something like <95% of students live on-campus. This is mostly because the town of Princeton is relatively unaffordable for the average college student. There's upperclass housing (some resemble apartments) and for the most part, juniors and seniors live there.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are definitely experts in their field. The professors I have had so far are enthusiastic about what they teach and give honest feedback. Grading at Princeton is notoriously "strict" when compared to other Ivies but that's just what comes with attending this school. It can be pretty stressful at times but student organizations seem to be making an effort to make it more manageable. There are several classes one can take and although Princeton doesn't offer majors in things like Theater or African American Studies, one can get certificates in these fields. Many people study in Firestone or the work spaces of their individual res colleges.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got really lucky with my housing this year. As a freshman I was placed randomly in a college resident. I got Whitman which is arguably the best residential college in several ways: it's the newest, many residents have singles and it it's in a nice location. I was lucky enough to have a single. That being said, I've been inside every residential college and all of them have their perks. I won't say that all of them great there are a few halls that leave much to be desired. A couple of the residential colleges, Rocky and Mathey, are pretty old and therefore don't have air conditioning. Compared to some of the dorms of other colleges I've seen, Princeton's are definitely above average.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I chose not to rate because the party scene at Princeton really all depends on the person. I don't really like going to the Street -which is considered the hub of party life at Princeton- because it's very alcohol-centric. That being said, there are plenty party scenes where alcohol is less prevalent, like Blackbox. Many people also party in their individual rooms which is nice; it's far more casual and frankly more fun than going to the Street. The Party Scene isn't really anything of which to be afraid; Princeton isn't a party scene. However, students do know how to have fun here and if the Street doesn't sound like it would be your thing (and you wouldn't be alone) then there are other options.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school is pretty safe thanks to the environment of the town.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The school offers the best undergraduate education.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Although Greek life does not exist, eating clubs do not make you look for more.

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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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