Princeton, NJ
Princeton University


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Recent Reviews

Tim
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A group of intellectual students with intellectual professors that can sometimes bump heads with each other coupled with a so...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A group of intellectual students with intellectual professors that can sometimes bump heads with each other coupled with a sometimes less-than-stellar administrative body that manages to be the best school in the country.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The professors are top experts in their field (in my department) and funds are well allocated to academics.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should pick a school because they feel it is the right match. Parents should be productive in helping the student through the application process, but ultimately the choice should boil down to the student's desires. There is so much to consider that it feels overwhelming, and many schools may seem like good fits. My advise is to go to the campus, talk to the people there, attend a class or two in your interest area, and get a general vibe. Your insticts will most likely lead you in the right direction, and your scholarly years will be thoroughly enriching

Garrett
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Research focus for undergraduates, including high requirements for senior thesis or independent work.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Research focus for undergraduates, including high requirements for senior thesis or independent work.

What's unique about your campus?

Academic diversity makes it possible to have quality education in many different fields, even outside of a major.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is first and foremost a time for self discovery. Your experience will be not be defined by the name on your diploma or a GPA, but rather by how much insight you gain into yourself. Never be afraid to search for and purse your passions, even if they seem trivial or frivolous or unrelated to your primary studies or goals. It may be difficult, but keep yourself out of the daily rut. Always be open to trying new things and taking on new challenges and responsibilities. Because the worst feeling in the world is to be standing in that cap and gown receiving your diploma, and being flooded by regret for the things you didn't do, for the challenges you backed away from and the experiences you missed out on. Any multitude of schools can provide opportunity for exploration and self discovery. Ultimately the duty falls on you to take control of your education, to seize the opportunities your school offers, to push yourself constantly to reach and surpass your limits and limitations. With that attitude, every college is "right" and you will succeed in your passions no matter where they lie.

Marc
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Excellent place to get a science degree.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Excellent place to get a science degree.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Send your kids to the best school academically, even if they don't like it socially.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Small student teacher ratio. Good job placement.

Joshua
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The number one thing I would recommend to prospective students and parents is to visit the schools where you are thinking of ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The number one thing I would recommend to prospective students and parents is to visit the schools where you are thinking of spending the next four years of your life. Searching for the college can be a stressful process, but visiting schools and talking to students can help you more than any internet search. It doesn't matter how good a school looks on paper if you are going to be miserable there and don't feel like you fit in. As for making the most of your college experience, please take academics seriously. Remember, this is probably the reason your parents are sending you to school and paying money for you to go. Sports, music, and extracurriculars are important and provide a great opportunity to interact with fellow students, but academics should be your primary focus. Work hard and remember that professors (at least good ones) are always there to help you. Now, I am not saying to study 24/7 and never have any free time for friends. One of the most important things you'll learn in college is how to balance things and prioritize. Just remember that academics should be at the top of that list.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Not enough free time outside of school work

What kind of person should attend this school?

Hard-working, dedicated, disciplined person with a strong passion for learning

Jessica
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Spirit, a long tradition of excellence, its Ivy League status, its national ranking, its academics, its resources.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Flash forward to that inevitable car ride--the car ride mom has been dreading: your parents are pulling out of your new dorm's parking lot. Their arms are tired from hauling boxes up four flights of stairs. Their eyes are wet and their shoulders are slouched. Mom looks over at Dad, her head tilting and brow squinching--how does she feel? Does she feel safe leaving you, her baby, in this new, strange place? Does she have faith that this college is the right fit? And what about you, that son or daughter-- are you anxious? Excited to investigate extracurriculars, make new friends? Some fall day, the college search will be distant memory. Thinking about this moment-- when student is left alone and parent drives into the distance-- is a good way to better understand what the college search is all about: choosing a place to live, a place to learn, a place to be. Choose a college where both mom, dad, and student will be excited on move-in day, then live each day with that same excitement, making the most of your college experience by reminding yourself why you chose your college in the first place.

David
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not let money affect your decision more than it needs too. Do not miss out on a great education because you think you can'...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not let money affect your decision more than it needs too. Do not miss out on a great education because you think you can't afford it. Find the school you want to go to and do all you can to enter it. Seek advice from current college students and ask them about the application process.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Princeton is awesome. As a student I know I can do what ever I want, and there are inumerable resources available to me. I am encouraged to think independantly and enjoy my academic career.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how easy it is to take classes in fields I'm not familiar with.

Evan
Describe the students at your school.

They work extremely hard and always seem to work until they get to a legitimate answer to a problem.

Describe the students at your school.

They work extremely hard and always seem to work until they get to a legitimate answer to a problem.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you don't want to do any work, or think college should be easy, don't come here. Also, if you have a career in mind and Princeton doesn't offer that as a major, you may want to rethink your decision.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Not everyone gets that "This is the place for me" feeling when they step onto a campus. Look at the people around you, think about whether you want to spend 4 years with these people. If there's doubt in your mind about your decision, you should probably reevaluate why you picked a school.

Katharine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing to do when choosing the right college is to visit the campus. There are cases where geography makes...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing to do when choosing the right college is to visit the campus. There are cases where geography makes this inconvenient, but this college will be your home for four (or so) years, and your happiness will largely be influenced by your life on campus outside of classes. See the school, get a feel for who the students are, what they do with their time, and what they're satisfied or dissatisfied about. Once you get to college, take some time to think about what you want to learn, both in your major and outside. People tell freshmen they have plenty of time to make decisions, but it goes by so fast that you should be thinking ahead. Also, make sure you make the most of the student groups on campus. You will likely never be in another community with so many interesting people your age who are likely to share so much in common with you as you are in college. Join a singing group, a dance group, intramural sports, debate team--whatever piques your interest. Make lots of friends to help you through your academic trials as well as to make lots of memories. Enjoy!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more of what I wanted to do, so I could have taken advantage of all the opportunities available. There were so many extracurriculars and classes outside of my major that I would have loved to participate in, if only I had had it more together.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Princeton has the largest endowment of any college in the country and they still won't buy two-ply for the bathrooms. This may sound like I'm joking, but seriously, this bothered me quite frequently, and I honestly can't think of anything else bad to say.

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