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Founded in 1746, Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey. Originally, it was established as the College of New Jersey. In 1756, it was moved to Princeton and adopted its present name. The main campus of the college sits on around 600 acres of land. Princeton University has ranked first among national universities from 2001 to 2008 according to U. S. News and World Report. The university comprises of the following academic units:

  • Butler College
  • Forbes College
  • Mathey College
  • Rockefeller College
  • Whitman College
  • Wilson College
Some of the famous alumni of Princeton University are John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States; Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States; and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. com.

Profile of Princeton University

Princeton can be found in Princeton, NJ (a large suburb). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Doctoral degree is the highest degree at Princeton.

Course Topics

The school offers a wide range of choices in programs of study. The most common majors at Princeton are in mathematics, engineering, science, fine arts, family and social work, and liberal arts.

Princeton Selectivity

The school does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Princeton turned down 90% of potential students in 2007. Only 25% of students scored 690 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 700 to 790, but ranged both higher and lower.


Classes at Princeton are less crowded than at many schools. A tenure system is one way the school works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at Princeton are well-paid.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 7, 261 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Princeton. The school has a residential or campus feel. Student dorms or apartments are common at Princeton. The school student athletes compete in Ivy Group competitions.

Princeton Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts698economics, history, political science, English, sociology, anthropology, comparative literature, Classical languages, . . .
Engineering303electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, operations research, chemical engineering, civil engineering
Science292molecular biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, geological and earth sciences, astrophysics, atmospheric sciences
Family and Social Work178public policy analysis
Therapy and Counselling84psychology
Religion and Philosophy83philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering50computer engineering
Fine Arts46art history and criticism
Mathematics45mathematics, applied mathematics
Architecture and Planning38architecture
Business and Management17finance

Contact: Princeton

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544-0070

General Phone: (609) 258-3000


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