College Senior 2011-11-06T20:06:56Z
Printing on Campus – Printing on campus is free so there is no need for a personal printer.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-23T22:47:23Z
Varies Some – The facilities vary, depending on what it is. For example, newer libraries are great, while Firestone clearly needs some updating (it's under renovations now). Overall, it's a beautiful campus, and the facilities are nice
College Junior 2011-10-21T00:49:14Z
There are so many people of different races, nationalities, backgrounds, religions, etc, here that it's impossible to not have a diverse group of friends. It's really amazing. Only exception is probably LGBT life - it doesn't seem like the sense of the gay community is as strong as it is at other schools.
College Senior 2011-10-17T01:30:19Z
New Jersey is warm and muggy during the early fall, fairly cold in winter with some snowfall, and quite warm again in late spring. Temperatures often vary noticeably day by day, especially in fall and spring, which can be difficult to adjust to.
College Senior 2011-10-17T01:25:37Z
There are students of many different nationalities, ethnicities, locations and cultural backgrounds here at Princeton. Students commonly interact with others from different backgrounds, and I have learned a lot about cultures other than my own during my time here.
College Junior 2011-09-26T04:39:08Z
There's a Lot of Drinking – The drinking at Princeton is comparable to that of state school students.
College Junior 2011-09-26T04:37:10Z
Great Options – The offcampus housing is a great option for upperclassmen at Princeton.
College Senior 2011-09-03T02:24:43Z
Unless You Are Caught Cheating, Pretty Hard to Get in Trouble – The penalty for cheating is very very strict--even small instances of plagiarism or copying a homework problem can get you suspended for a year or even expelled. Otherwise, just be careful; lay low if you're trying to serve to minors and don't drink outside and you're good.
College Senior 2011-09-03T02:12:42Z
Lots of Alcohol – Tons of beer and alcohol in general at eating clubs, parties, and in the dorms; and a little bit of pot. Although it is hard to miss it, there is definitely no pressure to do it, and you only really get in trouble if you get too drunk or drink outside.
College Senior 2011-09-03T02:05:46Z
Pretty Good for Dorm Food – I wouldn't say that the food is fantastic, but there are definitely a ton of options as far as dining goes. Aside from eating clubs, there are four different residential dining halls, and late meals at Frist student center (opportunities to get a meal after lunch and dinner)--so if you feel like the food is getting old, it's probably because you aren't trying out all the different options. Also there are a ton of healthy options, but a ton of unhealthy ones as well; avoiding the freshman 15 is all about control.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-29T22:31:27Z
All About the Eating Clubs – Eating club scene is great if you're into going out, seeing people that you know, drinking, playing drinking games, and dancing. There are also bars if you're looking for a more sophisticated crowd. Everything's within walking distance, which is nice.
One of the things I like best about princeton is that there are always people doing fun things around campus, which doesn't qualify as traditional 'nightlife' perhaps, but makes for lots of fun!
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-29T22:27:32Z
Ice Cream Great...But Lots of Expensive Places – So many wonderful ice cream options (it's a big deal amongst students which is your favorite place).
If you just need ot grab food, Wawa is the go-to place. Hoagie Haven a bit of a walk but famously awesome.
In general, Princeton has lots of great options if you want to go out for a fancy dinner or get a treat, but not much for cheap food. Only 'fast' food is Subway or Panera. Fortunately most people are on dining plans and only go out for special occasions anyway.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-29T22:22:31Z
Computer labs are available around campus 24/7, and I've never had a problem finding a computer except maybe during exam times. Most people carry around laptops, so it's not really a problem. The computers themselves generally are up-to-date and run well, plus we have the added bonus of the H: drive, which you can access from any campus computer, or your laptop.
Printers are out of commission sometimes, but you can usually find one that works nearby. More importantly, printing is free as long as you don't go over the absurdly high quota.
College Senior 2011-08-24T18:40:08Z
Before arriving on campus, alumni from my neighborhood would gush over this school, returning nearly every year to reunions and proudly displaying their Princeton license plate frames and window stickers.
Now that I've been here for a year, I get it. I have found amazing friends here, and have been able to pursue what I love, both academically and in my extracurricular activities. Honestly, all of my complaints about this school could be summed up in two words: grade deflation. But you can't let it consume you, and huge key to enjoying it here is finding the perfect balance between socializing and studying; it is very easy to be consumed by either. I know not everyone loves it here, to each their own, but I feel like Princeton was definitely the school for me.
College Senior 2011-08-24T03:01:04Z
TON to Do...If You're Willing to Make the Trek – What I love about Princeton is that it is a very small town, but has access to New York and Philadelphia, both an hour away. The town itself is very safe, but there are very little activities to do, even heading to a Target or a grocery store requires a car. Furthermore, the local residents, called "townies," do not have the best of relationships with the students.
College Senior 2011-08-23T04:07:02Z
Freshmen and Sophomores aren't allocated any on-campus parking space. Juniors and Seniors must pay a fee to be allowed to park on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-23T03:39:22Z
Politics Major – One of the largest departments at Princeton, but also one of the best.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-23T03:34:24Z
Quaint and Expensive – Princeton is a cute little town. It's got a lot of charm, but it's not a "college town" by any means. We literally JUST got our first proper bar. No night clubs or anything like that. There are some dining options off-campus, but nearly everything is expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-22T03:58:40Z
Difficult, but Rewarding – Princeton gives the rare opportunity to study with incredibly talented faculty. The work provides a challenge that can be stressful, but always rewarding.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-22T03:56:01Z
College Town – Princeton is a charming, affluent area that features many high end shops and old-fashioned restaurants.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-14T23:40:57Z
None Needed – We have the Dinky, or a small railway station that takes you from campus to NJ Transit, which takes you to Trenton, New York, or wherever else one might want to go in New Jersey. Off-campus housing is practically nonexistent; in fact I don't know anyone who lives off campus except one guy who got kicked out of the dorms for throwing too many loud parties. Princeton students don't go off campus much; everything is on campus so I can't really speak for public transportation.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-14T23:36:52Z
Eating Clubs and Room Parties – The nightlife is very dependent on your own personal preferences. The main scene is Prospect Street, or "the Street," where all the eating clubs are. There are 10 eating clubs currently open and each has a distinctive atmosphere and membership. I think Princeton gets a terrible rap as being elitist because of these eating clubs, but I've found that they are much more inclusive than I once believed. Freshmen and sophomores often throw room parties if they can't get passes to an eating club, though many clubs don't require passes at all and are thus most populated by freshman on a night out. Some of the eating clubs are deemed more exclusive because most of the people in them are on sports teams or are in certain sororities/fraternities, thus they're only exclusive insofar as you need to be in one of those groups to get in. My club is filled with theater kids, the debate team, Woody Woo majors, and surprisingly, mechanical aerospace engineers. Certain clubs are dominated by Asians, others by whites, others by Asians and Indians, etc. The one demographic that is really missing from the eating club scene is the black community, and I can't speak for why that is. I did gospel choir my freshman year and I know most of those students weren't interested because of the importance of alcohol at the parties. But the school is really trying hard to make the street open to everyone regardless of religious persuasion, financial ability, race, etc., and I think it's only going to get more inclusive down the road. There isn't much going on in the town of Princeton in terms of bar life, but seniors go to Triumph a lot, which is essentially a beer garden. One thing I will say is the school and public safety are excellent about keeping students safe. They don't care if you're underage and drinking, but they care that you get help if you need it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-14T23:17:41Z
Politics at a Glance – As a Politics major, I get to take a lot of interesting courses that are interdisciplinary. Most Woodrow Wilson classes are cross-listed for Politics, so if you would rather concentrate in International Relations (as I am) than domestic policy, Politics is the perfect choice. I'm getting a certificate (our version of a minor) in women and gender studies, and I've gotten to do some really interesting independent research combining the two. The Politics department is extremely supportive and has a lot of great professors who want help in their own research projects. The workload is similar to most social science majors, I'd say, and at college, you really only work as hard as you want to work. If you want to work a lot and get good grades, you do it. If you don't want to work and are okay with average to poor grades, you do that too. I've loved all the people I've met in the department and I'm happy with the diversity of courses available.
College Senior 2011-07-14T21:37:50Z
The food here is great: between the four res college dining halls, the (far-away) grad college and Frist Campus Center, as well as a some non-meal-plan cafes scattered throughout, there are plenty of options. Sunday brunch in the res colleges is amazing. There isn't a 24-hour cafeteria where you can use your meal plan swipes, however, but most res colleges leave snacks out at night for free.
College Senior 2011-07-14T21:35:38Z
Princeton is beautiful, and its library system is great. Between the two main libraries - Firestone and Lewis - there is probably no resource that can't be found, and no problem finding study spaces
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