The Tiger that roars — hail, Princeton! One of the oldest universities in the United States, Princeton University predates the Declaration of Independence by twenty years. But don’t let its storied history fool you — one of the smaller members of the Ivy League, Princeton’s undergraduate program, with its unique requirements for independent study and a student-led project, remains cutting-edge and thoroughly modern.
The Location (Princeton, New Jersey):
The township of Princeton, New Jersey, is small but mighty. Known for its beautiful fall foliage, delicious Italian restaurants, and picturesque public squares, Princeton is pretty as a picture — even before you take the university’s historic campus into account! For a taste of city life, New York City is an easy bus or train ride away.
You’d Make a Great Tiger If:
- You have a healthy appetite! Rather than fraternities and sororities, Princeton is home to “eating clubs,” which are typically co-ed and provide a variety of extracurricular and social opportunities for their members.
- You respect tradition. Princeton students partake in a variety of on-campus traditions, including those at the annual reunions, where students and alumni take part in parades and cheers, some of which date back to the 1890s.
- You want to graduate debt-free. Princeton eliminated student loans from its financial aid packages in 2001, replacing them with grants, and earning them a reputation as one of the best value-for-money options in American higher education.
Did you know that Princeton has been at war for over a century? A Cannon War, that is! Since the nineteenth century, Princeton students have had a feud with students at nearby Rutgers University over the ownership of two Revolutionary War cannons. The cannons were eventually ceded by Rutgers to Princeton, but watch out! Rutgers students have been known to sneak onto Princeton’s campus to paint them the Rutgers school colors in the dead of night.