Princeton, NJ
Princeton University

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What is your overall opinion of this school?

Princeton is the perfect size; it's small enough that you always recognize people in your classes, but big enough that you ne...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Princeton is the perfect size; it's small enough that you always recognize people in your classes, but big enough that you never feel suffocated. there is always the possibility of meeting someone new. As a college town it has a good selection of restaurants and it feels very safe, etc. my only complaint is that retail options are overpriced and geared more towards the upper-middle class borough and not towards students. students at princeton have a lot of school pride, but those who are most vocal about it generally seem to be basing their pride on either individual intelligence or on national rankings and the outsiders' view. in other words, it often surfaces as an elitist, comparative pride rather than a passion for the environment or sports teams. the strangest thing about princeton is the eating clubs, but they have their definite positive sides - they give princeton a community social scene. everybody always knows where there are parties. as far as princeton's administration goes, i've always been impressed that RA's at princeton haven't been portrayed as police forces in the dorms. princeton works very hard to make students feel like the university cares about their welfare above and beyond anything else.

Describe the students at your school.

i think there are strong networks at princeton among ethnic and racial minorities. while these networks strengthen people's sense of belonging at princeton, they are most necessary because of the unfortunate sense that a certain group (those referenced by the stereotypes) control princeton, especially with regard to eating clubs and job searches. i think that low-income students feel most out of place at princeton just because life here seems generally expensive. students are absolutely politically active, and i cannot complain about the balance. i think there is a great division of left and right side politics and both are equally vocal.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

i think every stereotype is based on fact to a certain extent. princeton is one of the most racially diverse of the ivy leagues, and the large endowment enables students from less privileged backgrounds to enroll. however, it still seems on campus that the people who stand out in the social scene or in student government tend to be those who fulfill the stereotype - legacy students wearing j. crew/polo who aspire to investment banking careers.

What are the academics like at your school?

students study so much at princeton. i've often felt like that was the reason that "night life" here starts so much later than at other schools. people will go out at 12 or later because they'll be in the library or their rooms up until 11 trying to pack in weekend work. i think that princeton students are competitive only because they feel they've competed so hard already to get in that they can't give up now. i've avoided caring about other people's grades by never mentioning mine or asking theirs, and i find that i'm not the only person doing that. if i have a problem with the quality of my work or the way my work is being received i go straight to the TA or professor; i don't just complain about it to my friends. on that note, while some classes are really big, i think professors absolutely want to know names. they appreciate when students get in touch with them, even if it is just a grading question. i also love that every professor teaches at least one precept so he/she gets to know a few students more closely over that semester. in many ways the education here is geared toward getting a job, but i'm not sure we can blame princeton for that. in today's world people are just always concerned about money and the future. princeton attempts to combat this with their core curriculum, so that even engineers will encounter a couple of humanities classes over the course of their college career.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Guest speakers at princeton are so popular. when i first came here it made me really happy to see that students here are intellectually interested beyond the limits of their classes and assigned readings. people don't treat learning as obligatory, but instead they actually crave it. i love that. i met most of my friends by virtue of where i lived freshman year, and i would say that's true of most people at princeton unless they play a varsity sport or are really active in theater or something. the residential colleges promote these relationships by cutting freshmen into smaller groups as they begin to adapt to college life. the university does not sanction frats/sororities and they even send out a letter to parents disparaging them. unfortunately i think the administration is totally deluded. even though frats/sororities don't have houses and aren't officially acknowledged by the school, they are still completely at the surface. moreover, they worsen that feeling that a "certain group" rules the school and that wealthy students continue to have more advantages.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

preppy, wealthy, white, snobby, "cool nerds"


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