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Apr 12 2014Electrical Engineering
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This was a transformational experience in my life. I am forever grateful to Princeton as it gave me a set of friends and colleagues I have kept close to my life forever. If you have the chance to experience the bond this school creates in your life, do not pass it up.
4th Year Male -- Class 1995
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Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Dec 10 2013Chemistry
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The campus is just beautiful, many students are friendly and bright, financial aid is generous if you're eligible; however, grade deflation has made the place unbearable and affected the learning and teaching. Grades are the focus rather than a proper education. Students don't collaborate and take classes that they shouldn't, so you have fluent speakers in a beginner's language class; students who passed advanced AP classes in intro science classes; taking classes over the summer somewhere else and retaking at Pton; dropping out of class when you see that too many "smart" people are enrolled. Faculty, including TAs, have no incentive to make sure that you grasp the content, so assignments don't include feedback or are returned when it's too late; content is tested that's not taught or tests are ridiculously hard (to make sure that not too many people do too well; remember there's a cap on A's); you have no clue where you stand because grading is on a curve at the end of the semester, so you could have a 90%,but if everybody else has a 95%, you still end up with a B or C, or you can have a 60% and get an A. Of course, by the time you apply for scholarships/internships or to grad/professional school or for a job, you realize that nobody knows nor cares that your Pton average GPA of 3.2 or 3.3 is "just as good" as Harvard's 3.5.

While some faculty are friendly and helpful, but some of the tenured faculty are downright abusive. However, because of "academic freedom" they get away with it. Non-tenured faculty are treated like crap. Google Antonio Calvo and see for yourself.The administrators are arrogant and hush up any kind of disagreement or negative experiences. There's no reason to change, whether it applies to the grading policy, abusive faculty, or whatever else because they know that there are enough suckers who still want to attend Princeton. Not sure whether Yale or Harvard would have been better, but at 200K, it wasn't worth it. If you work your butt off for 4 years, may as well have better options afterwards.

4th Year Female -- Class 2011
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Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: F
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Jul 22 2013Economics
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My biggest piece of advice is to start thinking about eating clubs and the bicker process early on. Certain student groups (frats/sororities, atheltic teams, performance groups, newspaper, etc.) feed into certain clubs, so if you know that you like Ivy for example, it's probably best to join an activity like certain frats or sororites, the crew team, or certain singing/dance groups that feed in. Otherwise it will be hard to get into that club if you're "unaffiliated." Try to meet as many upperclassmen in your club of choice early on, but it's best if they're in your activity because they'll be more likely to speak for you.

Academically, if you have a preceptor who doesn't speak English, switch into a different section!! And do your problem sets and outlines with friends because it's much easier than attempting on your own. Go to office hours for extra help. Lastly, make sure you go out and have fun!! Many of my friends stopped going out to the Street after sophomore year, and missed out on a lot of fun. Even if it's midterms week, I'm sure you could spare an hour or two.

4th Year Female -- Class 2013
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Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B
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