Princeton University

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Princeton, NJ 08544

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Phone: (609) 258-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
$40,170
tuition and fees
Students
5,336
enrolled
51%
male /
49%
female
Admissions
Jan. 1
application deadline
7.8%
accepted

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#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. National Universities

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Summary

Princeton University is a private institution that was founded in 1746. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,336, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Princeton University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 1. Its tuition and fees are $40,170 (2013-14).

Princeton, the fourth-oldest college in the United States, is located in the quiet town of Princeton, New Jersey. Within the walls of its historic ivy-covered campus, Princeton offers a number of events, activities and organizations. The Princeton Tigers, members of the Ivy League, are well known for their consistently strong men's and women's lacrosse teams. Students live in one of six residential colleges that provide a residential community as well as dining services but have the option to join one of more than 10 eating clubs for their junior and senior years. The eating clubs serve as social and dining organizations for the students who join them. Princeton's unofficial motto, "In the Nation's Service and in the Service of All Nations," speaks to the university's commitment to community service.

Princeton includes highly ranked graduate programs through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. One unique aspect of Princeton's academic program is that all undergraduate students are required to write a senior thesis. Notable alumni include U.S. President Woodrow Wilson; John Forbes Nash, subject of the 2001 film "A Beautiful Mind"; model/actress Brooke Shields; and first lady Michelle Obama. According to Princeton legend, if a student exits campus through FitzRandolph Gate prior to graduation, he or she may be cursed never to graduate.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Princeton University is unique in combining the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. Whether through independent study, student-initiated seminars, or lectures in emerging fields such as neuroscience, Princeton students have the flexibility to shape dynamic academic programs that prepare them for leadership and lives of service. Through its groundbreaking financial aid program, Princeton ensures that all qualified students who are accepted can afford to attend the University.

Chartered in 1746, Princeton is renowned for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Its faculty are known throughout the world and it is not unusual for students to learn from Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur fellows. Students benefit from small class sizes and one-on-one advising with faculty, particularly while doing independent work such as the senior thesis. All intellectual endeavors of Princeton's 5,150 degree-seeking undergraduate students are supported by a range of first-rate academic resources, such as libraries, laboratories, and even an art museum. The academic options at Princeton give students flexibility in pursuing their intellectual interests while working toward either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Students also may choose from among 46 interdisciplinary programs, creating combinations of academic interests. For example, a student might major in physics while also earning a certificate in Latin American studies.

The University is located in the town of Princeton, which has a diverse population of 30,000 residents and is situated between New York City and Philadelphia, with rail service to both cities. Princeton is a residential university that provides a welcoming environment, advising services, cultural and educational events, intramural sports, and more. As a residential community, Princeton provides housing for all four years. Princeton's six residential colleges offer settings where students quickly can become involved in campus activities. Students can participate in more than 250 student-run organizations, the arts, civic engagement, student government, religious groups, and athletics.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1746
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $17,404,002,000

Applying

When applying to Princeton University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Princeton University is $65. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 7.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 7.9%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Princeton University is 6:1, and the school has 74.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Princeton University include: Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; Public Policy Analysis, General; History, General; and Molecular Biology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 6:1
4-year graduation rate 88%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 11%
Political Science and Government, General 9%
Public Policy Analysis, General 6%
History, General 5%
Molecular Biology 5%

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Student Life

Princeton University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,336, with a gender distribution of 51 percent male students and 49 percent female students. At this school, 97 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 3 percent of students live off campus. Princeton University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,010
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Princeton University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Princeton University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Princeton University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Princeton University, 58.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $37,166.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $40,170 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,080 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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