Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1746 in Elizabeth as the College of New Jersey, Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the Thirteen Colonies and thus one of the nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution. The institution moved to Newark in 1747, then to the current site nine years later, where it was renamed Princeton University in 1896. Princeton simultaneously strives to be one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate college in the world.At the same time, Princeton is distinctive amaong research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Princeton, the fourth-oldest college in the United States, is located in the quiet town of Princeton, New Jersey.
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.
On November 19, 1969, Charles “Pete” Conrad, an alumni of the class of 1953, became the third person to walk on the moon. He was so proud of being a Princeton graduate that he even planted a Princeton flag there.
Princeton University, academic home to more than 2,600 graduate students, 5,300 undergraduates, and 1,100 faculty members, offers a unique combination of resources in a community that provides unique cultural and intellectual opportunities. We encourage you to peruse our offerings and meet with our faculty to discover which field of study is best suited for your interests.
Advanced degrees are offered through 42 academic departments and programs that directly admit students, as well as a number of interdepartmental and joint degree programs that students may pursue once enrolled. Degree programs are housed within four divisions – Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Engineering. Doctoral education, available in all divisions, emphasizes original and independent scholarship, while master’s degree programs in architecture, engineering, finance, public affairs, and public policy prepare candidates for careers in public life and professional practice. The wide range of interdisciplinary areas complements and enriches the degree-granting programs, which promote intellectual activities and research across departmental and divisional boundaries. The University prepares graduate students for distinguished careers in research, teaching, and as experts in the public and private sectors. Master’s students are trained to assess information and trends in their fields and to create original works.
Doctoral students perform research at the highest level, advancing knowledge in their fields. Princeton provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. It offers professional degrees through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Architecture and the Bendheim Center for Finance.
The University has ties with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Princeton has the largest endowment per student in the United States. The Princeton Tigers, members of the Ivy League, are well known for their consistently strong men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
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