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4 College Freshman

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

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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.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: The school offers the best undergraduate education.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: We have some of the best professors and top individuals in their field teaching our courses. The introductory computer science class is also one of the best classes. Workload for engineers and STEM students is significantly more than other majors. We stay up very late most nights working.

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5 College Junior

Academics: There are so many opportunities to take advantage of especially if you are pre-med. The downside is that pre-meds at my school are very competitive and would kill for an A so if you are in a class with lots of pre-med beware that the curve might not work in your favor!

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The level of Princeton’s academics makes it one of the best schools in the nation for undergraduate education, if not the best. Princeton professors place an emphasis on personal accessibility, and no graduate students are allowed to lead lecture courses. What results is an institution focused upon the education of undergraduates, not the research of professors. Each week, Princeton professors hold office hours so that students may stop by to discuss upcoming assignments or misunderstood lecture topics. The policies of each professor vary, but students generally do not have to make appointments to go to office hours. Some professors even ask students not to send e-mail but instead to stop by office hours to facilitate interaction out of the classroom. But, professors do respond to e-mail quickly and are happy to answer questions that students may have.

While some students gripe about some of Princeton’s academic requirements, including a diverse selection of distribution requirements, demanding independent work both junior and senior years, and mandatory weekly preceptorial sections, it is these features of the undergraduate education at Princeton that make students here some of the best prepared for graduate work and demanding jobs. Princeton’s rigorous academic demands encourage independent thought and efficiency. Even though the work is demanding, there is an extensive network of tutors and a staff of well-trained Writing Center advisers who ensure that no one is left behind.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 73%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 16%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 4%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Public Policy Analysis, General: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Architecture Library
  • CafĂ© Vivian
  • Empty classrooms in the Frist Campus Center
  • Firestone Library
  • Small World Coffee
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually use reading period, and go to all review sessions.
  • Ask the TAs tons of questions.
  • Check your e-mail constantly, but do not spend all your time on the Internet.
  • Go to class. Never miss precept.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Take advantage of as many special lecture series as possible.
  • Try to complete your distribution requirements as early as possible. If you can't find a class you want to take in a given semester that fills a distribution requirement, look at the Bulletin to see if something more interesting is going to be offered the following semester.
  • Use all resources that are available to pick your classes-RAs, Student Course Guide-and do not believe everything your academic advisor says.
Did You Know?
  • Princeton University's sixth president, John Witherspoon, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  • James Madison, Class of 1771 and former president of the United States, became the first president of the Alumni Association of the College of New Jersey in 1826.
  • Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879 and future president of the United States, served as thirteenth president of the University in June 1902 and revolutionized the academic program through his inventive "preceptorial" system, which is still in use today. Additionally, he instituted the distribution requirements for undergraduates in order to create more well-rounded students.
  • In May 1970, Colleges around the nation adopted the "Princeton Plan" (fall recess) in response to the student unrest following the Cambodian incursion in Southeast Asia.
  • Five members of the Princeton faculty were recipients of the Nobel Prize in physics, two in economic studies, two in economic sciences and one each in literature and medicine.
  • After Princeton's founding, it was widely speculated that there was a curse on the University's presidents, as there were five presidents in the first twenty years of the University.
  • Princeton is one of the only American institutions to mandate a senior thesis, which has been a requirement for graduation since 1925.
  • Princeton's Honor System has been in place since 1893, when students, who were dissatisfied with faculty proctoring of examinations, called for a system similar to the ones at the University of Virginia and William and Mary. Even today, there are no proctors in exams, and students must sign the honor code at the end of every assignment and exam.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 12 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% This was my dream school.
  • 45% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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