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Princeton is just really odd.Quite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
Princeton is just really odd. After reading both the negative and positive reviews on this site i must say i agree with almost everything that has been said. It's all true. I struggled a lot socially my first semester. Later I realized it wasn't due to any fault of my own, it's Princeton. It's remarkably friendly and unfriendly at the same time. People's behaviors change like the wind and you could be on good terms one hour and not acknowledged by them the next. Academically things are fine. There are some great courses, but obviously academics will take a lot of your time and you will run into quite a bit of tools.

I guess the only negative thing --and it's a BIG negative-- about Princeton is the people. The kids here are smart and nice, kind of, but they're remarkably empty. They do lots of interesting things, but they have no personality, no uniqueness. I've never seen anything like it. There really isn't a proper way to describe it. It's just a sad and unfortunate phenomenon. That said there are some awesome people here, but you really have to look for them and if you're lucky enough to find them you should make it through Princeton with a fairly positive outlook about the place.

1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A, Innovation: F
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Almost everything they tell you about Princeton isQuite BrightEnglish
Almost everything they tell you about Princeton is a lie. From the brochures they mail out depicting beautiful Gothic-style dorms (only a quarter of the campus community lives in those dorms, the other 75% live in ugly brick 70's style buildings)to the president telling you grade deflation isn't that big of a deal (you try convincing an employer that a Princeton B is as good as a Harvard A). I was swayed by well-manicured lawns, the perfect, sunny weather (most of the year it rains/snows/is cloudy) and the awesome people I met at Pre-frosh orientation. But something happens to people when they come to Princeton: they become wholly preoccupied with getting the perfect grades (because people here don't learn for the sake of learning, they learn in order to become successful investment bankers), catching up on sleep (because we're constantly sleep deprived), and getting hammered on "the street" every single Thursday and Saturday night (because getting black-out drunk keeps one from dealing with the fact that they're stressed, miserable, and sleep-deprived). This place doesn't foster intelligent discourse or love of learning, it fosters competition. People here compete for everything--the right eating club, campus positions, even to be allowed into certain majors.

In my nearly two years here, I've only observed 2 positive aspects of this place: money and the professors. By money, I mean how much money the school has to pay for things for students. I have friends in other schools who have to play for laundry and printing, but here it's free and we're given money for study breaks, projects, really anything you could ask for. Essentially, whenever there's a problem Princeton throws money at it and hopes it will go away. This isn't always a positive thing, but in an expensive town like Princeton, NJ it usually only helps.

In terms of the educators I've encountered here, Princeton isn't lying about how great they are. I've had the most fantastic professors and TAs here. That isn't to say that the classes themselves are always interesting or all that good, but the teachers I've had have been excellent, always available and accessible should I need help with anything.

I worked my ass off in high school so that I could go to college and enjoy learning for the sake of learning without worrying about grades. I got into 11 of the 13 schools I applied to, and all of them were great schools. Unfortunately for me, I chose the wrong one, and now, with my grade-deflated grades, I can't transfer into any of the schools I originally got into. I'm stuck here seriously considering taking a gap year because the thought of staying here for two more years makes me physically ill. Knowing what I know now, I definitely would not have chosen Princeton. Most people here are unhappy with the general atmosphere of stress, competition, and, if they're like me, lack of motivation (why work hard when you aren't going to get grades that reflect that hard work?), but no one talks about it; they just drink until they forget. I hate this place, and I'd give anything to go back two years and choose University of Chicago, Brown, or Columbia instead where I got scholarships and students are happy.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Education Quality: F
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Princeton is an incredible place to be.BrightUndecided
Princeton is an incredible place to be. I learn every day, and not just in class. The people at Princeton truly set it apart from any other college. Everyone truly loves Princeton and wants to be here. Everyone has had unique and interesting experiences that add to the environment. Academics are extremely challenging, but the classroom experience is worth it. Princeton is a beautiful, beautiful place. While it may not be the right choice for everybody, I can safely say that you will not be disappointed if you choose Princeton.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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