From The School
Princeton is a residential campus set on 500 park-like acres located in the town of Princeton (pop: 30,000) in central New Jersey. Known for its beauty and architectural variety, including the famed "Collegiate Gothic" style of architecture, the campus is home to historic landmarks such as Nassau Hall, which was built in 1756 and played an important role during the American Revolution.
Princeton students enjoy convenient transportation options to New York City and Philadelphia, both only about an hour away by car. Other nearby attractions include numerous parks, cultural venues, and commercial hubs. For arts lovers, the McCarter Theatre is a campus treasure within easy walking distance.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Academic support services include academic advising centered in each of the six residential colleges (for A.B. students) and in the engineering school (for B.S.E. students); the McGraw Center, which offers workshops and individual consultations with students as they evolve as scholars; and the Writing Program, which strengthens students' writing skills through a required seminar. Ongoing tutoring sessions also are available at the program's Writing Center.
Throughout their undergraduate careers, Princeton students are supported by a range of first-rate academic resources, including libraries, laboratories, and one of the leading university art museums in the country. The largest library on campus, Firestone Library, contains more than 70 miles of shelving and a vast range of electronic resources. The Peter B. Lewis Library, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, offers impressive print and digital collections in the sciences. In the past several years, new initiatives in African American studies and neuroscience have resulted in expanded activities.
A new state-of-art and environmentally sustainable science facility houses the chemistry department and provides laboratory space for research and teaching. A new neuroscience and psychology building recently opened, and the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is scheduled to open in 2015.
Numerous venues for the arts as well as a range of athletic facilities also are available.
Student Organizations & Activities
Princeton is a residential campus that provides a close-knit living environment for its undergraduates. Through its six residential colleges, students pursue a host of recreational and academic activities. The residential colleges also serve as home base for academic advising for students, who learn about all that the university has to offer from faculty and staff advisers, peer mentors, and fellow students.
With more than 300 student organizations, as well as an extensive calendar of cultural and athletic events, students find it easy to pursue their interests or explore new ones. The Frist Campus Center serves as the hub of campus life, and is home to the Women's Center, the Davis International Center, the LGBT Center, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and the Undergraduate Student Government, as well as many other student clubs and organizations.
For many students, social life at Princeton includes becoming a member of an eating club. The 10 historic eating clubs are open to juniors and seniors and are run independently of the university. Fraternities and sororities are not recognized as official student organizations on campus.
Princeton is an NCAA Division I school. The university offers 38 varsity sports and 36 club teams. Each year more than 1,000 students participate in intercollegiate varsity and junior varsity sports. In any given year, more than half of Princeton's varsity athletic teams compete in national championships. In recent years, Princeton teams have won national titles in lacrosse, rowing, fencing, track and field, and squash. The women's basketball team finished its 2014-15 regular season with an unprecedented 30-0 record.
Princeton students “tend to participate in a lot of different activities, from varsity sports (recruits), intramural sports (high school athletes), and more academically restricted activities like autonomous vehicle design club, Engineers Without Borders, and the literary magazine.” In and out of the classroom, there are a “billion opportunities to do what you know you love” on the Princeton campus, from performance to sports to research. “Princeton offers a lot of different opportunities to relax and de-stress,” including “sporting events, concerts, recreational facilities,” “a movie theater that frequently screens current films for free,” and “arts and crafts at the student center.” For some, social life is centered along Prospect Avenue, where “Princeton’s eating clubs are lined up like ten booze-soaked ducklings in a row.” These eating clubs—private houses that serve as social clubs and cafeterias for upperclassmen—“play a large role in the social scene at the university.” On the weekends, “the eating clubs are extremely popular for partying, chatting, drinking, and dancing”—not to mention, “free beer.” “The campus is gorgeous year-round;” however, when students need a break from the college atmosphere, “there’s NJ Transit if you want to go to New York, Philly, or even just the local mall.”